Offbeat? Since When are Populist Whistlestops in Texas Off Beat?


Offbeat? Since When are Populist Whistlestops in Texas Off Beat?

6 August 2006 at 11:10:57 AM

I'm always aware of what adjectives are used to describe events. In an article about Bill Moody, who is running for a Supreme Court position, that appeared in the Statesman, David Van Os's stops at courthouses in all the counties of Texas are characterized as offbeat. Offbeat compared to what? Spending piles of money, such as from illegal money-laundering PACs like TRMPAC, in order to try to buy an election? Bill Moody is planning to walk from one end of Texas to the other; his coffers are not as deep as his opponents, and I hail him from creative use of his time to draw attention to his campaign.

I also found it interesting just who was making disparaging comments about Moody.

"Obviously, when it comes to being a Democrat in Texas, you're desperate for media attention; times are tough," said Republican consultant Ted Delisi, who has three clients on the Texas Supreme Court.

But, Delisi said, Moody's plan "isn't particularly creative."

Who's Ted Delisi, besides a Republican consultant who would have good reason to negatively depict Bill Moody? He's son of Diane Delisi (R) of Temple, and husband to Deidre Delisi, who in 2004 was Rick Perry's Chief of Staff (all in the family, eh?) and pressed lobbyists on Perry's 2004 school finance bill. (Incidentally, Diane Delisi was very active in getting TRMPAC money before the 2002 election.)

In Dallas she joined Rep. Dianne Delisi for a series of TRMPAC fund-raising meetings, this time with powerbrokers from the Dallas area. Delisi has put out a statement refusing to comment while the grand jury is investigating. The two met with Fred Meyer, a former state Republican Party chairman and long-time GOP contributor. Eight days later, Meyer gifted $5,000 to TRMPAC. Delisi and Lilly also met with Jim Lightner, a reactionary who’s supported the campaigns of Pat Buchanan and former Ku Klux Klan grand wizard David Duke. Five days later, Lightner, founder of defense contractor Electrospace Systems, gave TRMPAC $5,000. Delisi and Lilly also solicited money from James Lattimore, owner of Lattimore Materials, which provides ready mix concrete to North Texas builders. Five days after this meeting, Lattimore contributed $10,000 to TRMPAC. In all, he gave DeLay’s PAC $25,000 in the 2002 election cycle, in addition to $80,000 worth of contributions to Greg Abbott. To end their day in Dallas, according to the itinerary, Delisi and Lilly visited with Ebby Halliday Acers, wealthy founder of Ebby Halliday Realtors; later that month, she donated $5,000 to TRMPAC.

Unlike the Houston meetings, however, the Dallas documents lack notes on potential legislation that donors wanted. Delisi later became part of Craddick’s leadership team and chair of the committee on State Health Care Expenditures.

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