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ICYMI: In Historic Endorsement Video, Luke Warford Visits the Pumpjack (Sure, *that* Pumpjack) — Texas Democratic Social gathering – Texas Democratic Social gathering


AUSTIN, Texas — In an historic endorsement video, Republican Railroad Fee Candidate Sarah Stogner, who gained greater than 35% of the vote after taking incumbent Republican Railroad Commissioner Wayne Christian to a main runoff, has endorsed Democrat Luke Warford for Texas Railroad Fee within the 2022 basic election.


They usually made a video collectively. The place they go to the pumpjack. 


Sure, that pumpjack.


When you favor to get your information in textual content type, although, take a look at this Texas Tribune article concerning the landmark endorsement:


Texas Tribune: Sarah Stogner, former GOP candidate for railroad commissioner, backs Democratic nominee in November’s election

[Patrick Svitek, 9/26/22]


Sarah Stogner, the previous Republican candidate for railroad commissioner who compelled incumbent Wayne Christian to a runoff and made waves for driving a pumpjack virtually bare in a memorable marketing campaign advert, is backing the Democratic nominee for the seat.


Stogner on Monday endorsed Luke Warford over Christian, a former state consultant who was first elected to the Railroad Fee in 2016. She mentioned in an interview that Texas’ vitality trade is “too vital to let corrupt profession politicians keep in workplace, and I’m taking a stand towards it.”


Stogner, an oil and fuel lawyer, misplaced to Christian by double digits within the runoff. Her marketing campaign turned heads not just for the racy advert but in addition $2 million in funding she obtained from a West Texas rancher and buddy who had been battling the Railroad Fee over deserted oil wells on her property.


Stogner mentioned she was supporting Warford, a former state Democratic Social gathering staffer operating on fixing the facility grid, as a result of she merely believed he would do the job higher. She additionally mentioned in an announcement that he’s not “your typical Democrat,” calling him “pragmatic and pro-business.”


“For months, Sarah Stogner lied to voters about her occasion affiliation and political views,” Christian mentioned in an announcement. “Now that Republicans have rejected her radical agenda, it’s no shock she would help her occasion’s nominee.”


Stogner’s endorsement comes as one other Democratic statewide candidate, Mike Collier, has additionally been selecting up Republican endorsements, most not too long ago from former Lt. Gov. Invoice Ratliff on Thursday.


Requested if she nonetheless thought-about herself a Republican, Stogner mentioned she felt politically “homeless” proper now however continues to be a “conservative.” She emphasised that her endorsement of Warford doesn’t imply she is voting for the highest-profile Democrat operating statewide, gubernatorial hopeful Beto O’Rourke.


“Till we’ve got higher choices, I’m not sticking to the occasion line,” Stogner mentioned, referring to her attention-getting advert and expressing hope that voters would give attention to coverage related to the fee this fall. “Let’s recover from the tits and take a look at the problems.”




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