August 13, 2018


Sam Pohl, 512.879.4060


AUSTIN, TX – This morning, Republican Party of Texas attorneys submitted a request to Judge Gisela Triana for a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) against the Texas Secretary of State from certifying candidates for the Special Election Runoff in Senate District (SD) 19. The hearing is set for 2:00 pm this afternoon in Travis County.

“Pete Gallego lives in Austin with his family, receives a homestead exemption there, and has twice sought loans from federally insured banks on his house.  The voters of Senate District 19 have suffered enough from elected officials disregarding the law and the last thing they need is another elected official with legal questions swirling around,” said RPT Chairman James Dickey.  “Pete Gallego continues to be a major offender of the corrupt practice of running for an office in a district in which he does not live. His willful deception of the voters, and possibly his banks, is a blatant insult to the voters of SD 19, a slap in the face to election integrity, and arguably fraud. This farce must come to an end so that the voters of SD 19 can be represented by an honest elected official who truly lives his life in the Senate District he seeks to represent.”