AUSTIN – Former Chief Justice John Cayce of the Kelly Hart & Hallman law firm out of Fort Worth filed a response yesterday afternoon on behalf of Republican Party of Texas Chairman Stephen Munisteri to the writ of mandamus previously filed by the Texas Democratic Party and John Cullar.

Munisteri stated, “The Republican Party of Texas is proud to support State Senator Brian Birdwell and we look forward to his reelection. We are confident that he is a resident of the state of Texas and is therefore eligible to be on the ballot. I had the pleasure of first meeting Senator Birdwell approximately three years ago at the state convention of the Young Conservatives of Texas and found his story to be compelling. He was severely injured in the attack against the United States on September 11th, 2001, and he has demonstrated great courage and resilience in the long process of his recovery. I sincerely believe he will continue to serve our state and country with distinction and honor. It is my privilege as state party chairman to assist him in any way possible in his reelection.”