Diary

Challenging Times for Conservatives, Yet I’m Optimistic

Folks, we’ve invited Ted to the RedState Gathering on August 1st and I hope you’ll come to Atlanta to meet him. He is the real deal and we’re glad to have him on our front page. — Erick

These are challenging times for conservatives, and our fundamental liberties are being threatened from Washington like never before. Nevertheless, I’m very optimistic.

Across Texas and nationally, there is a tremendous hunger for new and principled leadership. I’m convinced that the most lasting legacy of Barack Obama will be new leaders stepping forward across the nation who are committed to standing up for conservative values.

And I’m hopeful that our campaign for Texas Attorney General can play an important part of that effort.

National Review magazine has kindly described our campaign as “a great Reaganite hope” and “a Republican star ris[ing] in Texas.” Needless to say, for National Review to focus on a down-ballot state race is more than a little unusual—and NR makes the case that the Texas Attorney General race has national implications.

Many of us are rightly frustrated with candidates who say one thing on Election Day and do something else in office. You shall know them by their deeds, and the best way to know a true conservative is by looking to a proven record of standing up for conservative values.

Having served five and a half years as the Solicitor General of Texas, I’m proud that we were able to take the lead in an unprecedented series of landmark national victories before the U.S. Supreme Court, including successfully defending Ten Commandments, the Pledge of Allegiance, the Second Amendment, and U.S. sovereignty from the World Court. Over and over again, Texas led the nation in standing up for conservative principles.

I’ve been blessed to see first-hand that America is a miracle of opportunity. My father is a Cuban immigrant who came to Texas penniless at age 17. Because of my parents’ love and support, I was fortunate to be able to study at Princeton and Harvard, and eventually to clerk for former Supreme Court Chief Justice William Rehnquist.

This video of my remarks at a recent Tea Party gives an idea of the challenges we face right now in America and why I’m running.

Finally, it takes substantial resources to run for office, particularly in a state as big as Texas. We need to raise as much money as possible before June 30 to avoid a primary fight and focus on the general election. Anything you can contribute by tomorrow would be immensely helpful.

I’m confident that working together we will make a lasting difference in preserving opportunity and liberty in America.