Amongst the stack of campaign literature that showed up in my mailbox on Saturday, two fliers caught my eye. One featured photograph of a smiling, competent-looking Tammy Kemp, a top administrator in District Attorney Craig Watkins' office currently running for judge in the 204th Criminal District Court. The other showed incumbent Lena Levario glowering from the bench.
|Judge Lena Levario|
"All you have to have is enough money to have the right attorneys with the right relationships to control the outcome of a court case in any courtroom, including mine," the accompanying quote reads.
The first mailer was paid for by the Kemp campaign. The second says explicitly that no candidate or campaign was involved in its production but was produced by an independent third party, Lone Star Project Nonfederal.
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The Lone Star Project is a liberal political group founded by Democratic activist Matt Angle almost a decade ago. It's spending most of its energy right now pushing Wendy Davis for governor and trolling Greg Abbott. LSP Nonfederal is the arm of the group that backs candidates in state and local races.
Levario, a lifelong Democrat, would seem an odd target for a PAC that's dedicated itself to thwarting Republicans. Why waste resources on a Democratic primary? No one from the GOP bothered to enter the race.More »