Pretty interesting connections for a man that, besides being clueless, seemingly came out of nowhere. We are to believe that he just decided, on his own, to go move to District 17. Baloney!
I was already having guffaws over the Star-Telegram's treatment of Van Taylor when I read how the DMN characterizes him.
Central Texas stalwart Chet Edwards is being challenged for his seat in Congress this year by a rookie who's long on cash and slash-and-burn campaigning but short on answers.
Mr. Taylor, 34, a Waco real estate investor and Iraq war veteran, is one of the GOP's top prospects for knocking off a sitting Democrat. A district newcomer – he says he moved to the district 16 months ago – he's received an infusion of outside money and fundraising help.
But that hasn't helped Mr. Taylor's grasp of the issues. In an interview, he stressed an urgent need to trim spending but was vague on where to start, despite several invitations to outline priorities. On immigration, he opposed "amnesty," yet lacked a thought-out proposal and was unclear about ideas on the table in Washington.
Credibility is another concern. Mr. Edwards, 54, of Waco, says his opponent has used Willie Horton-like ads, a charge close to the mark. The ads say one Edwards vote helped dangerous immigrants avoid deportation, including some who later committed "rape and murder." That's a stretch. The measure in question threatened Homeland Security money for cities; Mr. Edwards voted with most of the Republican-dominated House.
The only thing missing from this is "You're Wet Behind the Ears, Thoughtless!". So why DID they pick this obviously uninformed, green guy who had to be asked by Tom *Predators I Know* Reynolds and then MOVE to the district to run against Chet.. and who tipped off Tom *Yes, I told Hastert About Foley* Reynolds? Well, maybe it was, as Capital Annex pointed out in May, the Tom Craddick and father Nicholas C Taylor's connections together on the board of Mexco Energy. From Zoominfo
Nicholas C. Taylor President and Director
NICHOLAS C. TAYLOR was elected President, Treasurer and Director of the Company in April 1983 and continues to serve as President and Director on a part time basis, as required. Mr. Taylor served as Treasurer until March 1999. From July 1993 to the present, Mr. Taylor has been involved in the independent practice of law and other business activities including independent oil and gas exploration and production. For more than the prior 19 years, he was a director and shareholder of the law firm of Stubbeman, McRae, Sealy, Laughlin & Browder, Inc., Midland, Texas, and a partner of the predecessor firm. In 1995, he was appointed by the Governor of Texas to the State Securities Board through January 2001. In addition to serving as chairman for four years, he continued to serve as a member of such board to 2004. He began serving as a Commissioner of the Texas State Ethics Commission in November 2005.
Or maybe it was the Bush-Taylor connection (since Van Taylor didn't just pop up from under a cabbage patch, his father is from Midland)-father Nicholas contributed $28,000 to Bush, then Govenor and his reward? A securities position.
The State Securities Board agrees with this recommendation. (Nicholas C. Taylor, Chair - State Securities Board, Austin) (
Also, how interesting that Nicholas C Taylor is also an appointed member of the Texas Ethics Commission. Which TEC is that? The same one that didn't want politicians to have to specify the AMOUNT they got from others, just that it was a check. To his credit, Taylor doesn't seem to agree with his Repubbie cohorts.
Some commissioners said Friday that the idea that hundreds of dollars could be described in disclosure reports as "pieces of green paper" certainly fits the definition of "absurd."
"The only way to describe money is by putting how much is there," said Commissioner Nick Taylor. "Common sense tells you that."
From Nov 21, 2005
Mr. Taylor, attorney at law, is President and Director of Mexco Energy Corporation, a publicly owned oil and gas exploration and production company in Midland. He has served in various capacities for several civic organizations in the Permian Basin region, some of which include the Midland Rape Crisis Center, the Midland Crime Prevention Commission, Boy Scouts of America, the Permian Basin Graduate Center, the Midland County Library, and the Permian Basin Battered Women & Children Center.
"I am looking forward to this great opportunity," Taylor said. "I think we have the chance to make our commission one of the best in the country. I am pleased to be a part of the process that strengthens the integrity of Texas Ethics Commission."
In 1990, Governor Bill Clements appointed Taylor to the Texas Judicial Council, the administrative body that supervises the State's judiciary, where he served for five years. Then, in 1995, Governor George Bush appointed him to the State Securities Board for six years and Governor Perry reappointed him for an additional three years. Serving as the elected chairman from July 1997 to February 2001, Taylor led the board in revising the agency's rules and operating procedures to improve the efficiency, effectiveness and integrity of the agency's operations.
Why do I see this man as having a preppie son that he needed to see get a good position in government after lots of money invested in him? Why, Nicolas Taylor's ADDRESS in Midland is on "Country Club Drive". That says a lot about whether Van Taylor is some kind of middle-class military guy who just up and decided to run for Congress.
Even Taylor's mom gets perks. She was appointed by the Governor to the Texas Commission on the Arts.
Appointed to the Texas Commission on the Arts for a term to expire August 31, 2009, George R. Snead of El Paso (replacing Catherine Taylor of Midland whose term expired).
It appears that Van "Trust Fund Baby" Taylor may come by his money through mama, whose maiden name is Blaffer. Since Blaffer is the name of one of the founders of Humble Oil, later Exxon-Mobil, I think it would be fair to say he's a rich man .. through mom (>John Hefner Blaffer> Robert Lee Blaffer).
However, it now appears that Taylor is deeply flawed. Some people in Texas are starting to refer to him as Exxon Taylor.
At a time when voter anguish is high because of rising gas prices, Taylor’s financial disclosure statement has revealed that Taylor, an oil company heir whose full name is Nicholas Van Campen Taylor, owns at least 178,571 shares of Exxon stock and received between $100,001 and $1,000,000 worth of Exxon dividends during the first half of 2005.
His disclosure statement values his Exxon holdings at between $5 million and $25 million. Congressional financial disclosure statements list assets and income by ranges, so it is impossible to determine Taylor’s exact holdings in Exxon and he is refusing to disclose the amount.
Rex W. Tillerson, the new CEO of Exxon, was interviewed recently by Matt Lauer on NBC’s “Today” program. Lauer asked Tillerson whether Exxon, which has been racking up billions of dollars in record earnings, would consider cutting gas prices this summer to give consumers some relief. Tillerson said Exxon would not cut prices because his duty was to maximize value for his shareholders…shareholders like Van Taylor.
Congressional candidate Van Taylor will certainly be asked during the campaign whose side he will be on in this highly charged matter. Will he be looking out for his $100,001 to $1,000,000 a year in stock dividends from Exxon or will he be looking out for the little guy filling up his pickup in central Texas?
Pinkies Up- Wonder if he loves polo, like his sister? Mom, at the time of the bit below, lived in Highland Park, hardly your average middle class locale. Sis went to Cornell, Van went to Harvard.
"My daughter Christie is a junior at Cornell," reports Catherine Blaffer Taylor (Dallas, TX; Catherine@trinkie.com). "She's majoring in health sciences and playing on the women's varsity polo team. I suspect she is majoring in horses. I am currently the president of the Park Cities Republican Women. Texas House Speaker Tom Craddick appointed me to the committee to elect the Texas State Poet Laureate, the Texas State Musician, and the Texas State Artists (two- and three-dimension)."
Pity points for Van, who is from a broken home. Rich Momma and Lawyer Daddy got divorced in 1999, and Daddy was remarried again by 2000.
118th Annual Idlewild Club Presentation Ball
On November 19 the Idlewild Mens Club continued a long standing tradition dating back to 1884 when the founders of the prestigious men’s club presented five young women to Dallas formal society at a Ball held in the Merchants Exchange Building. The Idlewild Club has presented debutantes each year except during World War II. When the war years were over, the traditions resumed and the events surrounding them flourished. At the 118th Annual Ball the Idlewild Club presented Barbara Beatrice Parravano, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Richard Parravano of Dallas; Caroline Bright Reeder, daughter of Mrs. Carol Bright Reeder of University Park and Mr. James Beauford Reeder of Dallas; Ida Louise Larkin Steen, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Thomas Steen, Jr. of San Antonio; Christie Hardin van Vraankin Taylor, daughter of Mrs. Catherine Blaffer Taylor of University Park and Mr. and Mrs. Nick C. Taylor of Midland, Texas; and Alexis Claire Tripplehorn, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Kelley Tripplehorn of Ft. Worth at the 118th Annual Ball at the Fairmont Hotel. Prior to the ...........
In other words, to sum up, just a Poor Little Rich Boy who doesn't bear much resemblance at all to people IN THIS DISTRICT, but maybe he should run in Highland Park next time.