This week, the Harris County Republican Party began its promised campaign of identifying the liberal Democrats running for Houston Mayor.
On Monday, we exposed mayoral candidate Ben Hall’s consistent Democratic primary voting record, his contributions totaling over $100,000 to liberal Democrats like Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, John Kerry, Sheila Jackson Lee, Eddie Bernice Johnson, Lloyd Doggett, and Al Green and that he is a current Sustaining Member of the Harris County Democratic Party.
We also pointed out that personal injury trial lawyer Ben Hall did, in fact, change his position on the Equal Rights Ordinance. As shown on the Harris County Democratic Party website, Ben Hall in 2013 answered “Yes” to the following question in his own party’s candidate questionnaire:
"If elected, would you support a citywide non-discrimination policy protecting LGBT Houstonians from discrimination in employment, housing, and public accommodation?"
But, he later backpedaled on a radio talk show, prompting a letter from Democratic Precinct Chairs asking Hall to explain his contradictory answers.
Democrat Ben Hall was for the ordinance before he was against it, and nothing in his record shows him to be a conservative of any stripe.
Instead of demanding an apology from the Harris County Republican Party for telling the truth, Ben Hall should call his own Harris County Democratic Party and, as a current sustaining member, demand they make his 2013 questionnaire public. [UPDATE: Click here to see Ben Hall's responses to the 2013 Harris County Democratic Party questionnaire that -- like Mayor Parker's ordinance and the November 2015 Prop 1 referendum -- aimed at "Public Accommodation."]
Let’s be clear! The Harris County Republican Party opposes Mayor Parker’s HERO ordinance. At the first meeting I chaired after taking office, the Party’s Executive Committee in July 2014 adopted a resolution opposing that ordinance.
The Party has never wavered from that position. Having spent the last year building and fortifying our grassroots army, the Harris County Republican Party will make a real difference where it counts, on the ground and reaching Republican voters in neighborhoods to turn out the vote to soundly defeat Mayor Parker’s HERO ordinance. You can help by volunteering here.
We will continue to identify the liberal Democrats running for Houston Mayor and give Republican voters critical information needed to cast their vote.
Paul F. Simpson
Chairman, Harris County Republican Party