Stephanie Klick on Defense, Backpedaling

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This week Representative Stephanie Klick emerged from her post-session hole to defend killing the most impactful election integrity bill considered by the legislature, SB9.

Klick’s defenses, months later and all weak, are unfortunately what Texans have come to expect from elected officials. Blame shifting, misdirection, and lying was front and center in the two speeches she delivered this week.

Her defense is setting off more bombs than it’s defusing.

How bad is it for Klick? One telltale indicator, she’s insisting that she not be filmed. One may wonder, why would Klick be skittish about being recorded?

Recordings and killing popular election integrity bills come before the end of legislative careers. Klick should know, she gained statewide notoriety in 2010 ahead of her run for the Texas House by releasing audio of a committee chair defending his own violence against election integrity.

Then-chairwoman of the Tarrant County GOP, Klick was contacted by then-Representative Todd Smith about his committee killing Voter ID. The audio didn’t help an already unpopular member in Smith. He was out of the legislature after the following session and Klick had made her mark.

Now, Klick and Smith have traded places. Like Smith, Klick has been called out for killing needed election integrity in SB9.

This irony would be sweet if it didn’t mean Texans (barring a special session) will have to endure an election in 2020 that could have been more secure and trustworthy.

Like Smith, Klick killed an election integrity bill in SB9 that contained measures only the most vocal on the left abhor but are popular with the vast majority of Texans.

Recent polling shows that Texans even Democrats approve of Voter ID and suggest common-sense policies that would keep ineligible voters from voting in Texas elections would be welcome. Still, Klick caved this session to the mob and now the majority of Texans, including Democrats, are more likely to have elections marred by preventable fraud.

Making matters worse, Klick is knowingly misleading her constituents and Texans. A great case in point is her speech prop. Holding up an absentee ballot from Harris County during her presentations this week, Klick suggested that paper ballot backups would be unruly.

The absentee ballot is lengthy to be sure but it’s not a paper ballot backup as envisioned or executed by new machines being rolled out across Texas. Conflating the absentee ballot with a paper ballot back-up is part of Klick’s sham show.

And we’re left with a couple of options, either the person in charge of the Texas House Elections Committee is ignorant of the fact that paper ballot backups are a fraction of the size of an absentee ballot or she knows this and is intentionally misleading her audience. Neither is good. 

If it’s the latter, Klick is ignorant to the functionality of the equipment that her own county has acquired, which begs the question if this chairperson has no connection to her own county why is she empowered to influence the entire state’s elections?

Last week, Charlie Levitt, a precinct chair and Vice President of True Texas Project, filed a campaign treasurer appointment to challenge to Klick in House District 91. Expect more explosions.

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