Brownsville, Texas (PRWEB) July 31, 2012
Today, the campaign headquarters for Jessica Puente Bradshaw was made aware of a negative mail piece sent by her opponent Adela Garza for the 34th Congressional District nomination.
In the mailer, the Garza campaign makes a general statement to the “determinations of legal experts," questioning the validity of the petition for candidacy submitted by Puente Bradshaw. The references were totally without attribution.
This question was previously held without merit by Texas GOP headquarters. Legal avenues were available prior to the opening of early voting last week if the Garza campaign believed it had solid evidence.
Texas Attorney General, Greg Abbott, Opinion LO-88-119 states the following, "In our opinion, once the voters have cast ballots for a candidate, the insufficiency of the candidate's application is mooted. Unlike an 'ineligible' candidate who remains subject to removal, the statutes provide no post-election remedy for the disqualification of a candidate NOMINATED or elected on the basis of an insufficient application."
“Having failed to disqualify Puente Bradshaw with the Texas GOP and Texas Attorney General, the mailer is a last minute attempt at negative campaiging by the Garza campaign,” Jeffrey Sewell, a senior advisor to Puente Bradshaw said. "If Adela Garza is willing to mislead the good people of Texas, is there any reason for us to believe that she would not mislead and misrepresent people in Congress?"
The Puente Bradshaw campaign is in the process of pursuing all various legal avenues and remedies regarding these statements, including consultation with election law attorneys both at the federal and state levels, according to Sewell.
"The Adela Garza campaign is sending out FALSE information about her opponent Jessica Puente Bradshaw,” said Texas GOP National Delegate Lew Vassburg. “Garza a lifelong Democrat, now running as a Republican, is attempting to mislead voters about the legality of Puente Bradshaw's candidacy. The information is totally false - Puente Bradshaw's candidacy was certified by the Texas GOP as required by law."
“Rather than attempting cheap political stunts, we believe candidates should stick to the issues,” said Sewell. “We are confident the voters will make their choice tomorrow for Jessica Puente Bradshaw the only true Republican running for Congress in CD-34.”