Endorsements for Max Martin for Texas Congressional District 36
Posted in the Beaumont Forum
#1 Oct 31, 2012
Houston Chronicle's Endorsement Martin for Congressional District 36
The state of Texas received the gift of four shiny new congressional seats as a result of the 2010 federal Census. Our state's leading-the-nation population growth brought this political dividend.
One of those new districts is Texas House 36, which includes a small but populous slice of east Harris County, Chambers and Liberty counties, and several other rural counties across East Texas. Ten counties in all.
Politics being what they are, the district was drawn to be one-sided favoring Republicans. The result was a free-for-all in the GOP primaries, and a lone candidate signed on for the District 36 contest in the general election.
That Republican free-for-all has turned into an electoral nightmare for the GOP: The run-off winner turned out to be Steve Stockman, a name from the now-distant past who richly deserves to remain there. Stockman was the political unknown who stunned veteran Democratic Rep. Jack Brooks in the 1994 Gingrich Revolution election. Almost immediately he claimed a position on the political fringe by suggesting that the Clinton administration had raided the Branch Davidian compound near Waco on April 19, 1993, to justify a ban on assault weapons.
Stockman lost to Democrat Nick Lampson in 1996 and has been a serial candidate ever since. This time around, Stockman hedged his political bets by signing up to run in neighboring District 14 until settling on a run in District 36.
And the lone Democrat? No thanks to his no-show state party, Max Martin is a credible, if long-shot, candidate. Martin, a retired pilot who now owns an education software business in Clear Lake, is our endorsement choice over the stealth candidate Stockman to represent this economically diverse district. Martin is an old-school Texas Democrat, whose moderate, pro-business views should have appeal to many Republicans in the district, which includes refineries, Gulf fisheries, ranches and timbering operations. Constituents include blue-collar workers, small business owners and a growing number of retirees from out of state.
Martin, who came to live in southeast Houston with his family in 1955, has an admirable history as a self-starter. He also possesses an encyclopedic geographic knowledge of the area from his many years as a short-haul pilot for private businesses and Metro Airlines. In every sense he presents himself as someone truly representative of this district. By contrast, Stockman strikes us as a political opportunist whose out-of-the-mainstream views would not serve District 36 residents well.
We recommend a vote for Max Martin to represent Texas House District 36.
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HOUSTON CHRONICLE ENDORSED, BEAUMONT ENTERPRISE ENDORSED, OFF THE KUFF ENDORSED, TEXAS AFL-CIO COPE ENDORSED, AFL-CIO Brazos ENDORSED, AFL-CIO Harris County ENDORSED, AFL-CIO Montgomery ENDORSED, AFL-CIO Sabine Area Councils ENDORSED, Area 5 Democrats ENDORSED, Communication Workers of America ENDORSED, Harris County Tejano Democrats ENDORSED, Houston Black American Democrats ENDORSED, Houston Federation of Teachers ENDORSED, Houston Stonewall Democrats ENDORSED, Brains and Eggs ENDORSED
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