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May 14, 2020

Ex-Trump Doctor Goes Nuclear on Dems and Press
as GOP Runoff Contestant in Texas Congress Race

By Mike Hailey
Capitol Inside Editor

TEXAS CONGRESS CASH
Fundraising Feb 13-March 31
Total Donations & Loans
Cash on Hand March 31
Kathaleen Wall (R)
Congressional District 22
Feb-March: $1,232,735
Total Donations: $4,490,620
Campaign Loans: $0
Cash on Hand: $65,389
Kim Olson (D)
Congressional District 24
Feb-March: $219,690
Total Donations: $1,160,134
Campaign Loans: $24,500
Cash on Hand: $202,378
Sima Ladjevardian (D)
Congressional District 2
Feb-March: $398,860
Total Donations: $1,058,863
Campaign Loans: $0
Cash on Hand: $202,485
Pritesh Gandhi (D)
Congressional District 10
Feb-March: $227,372
Total Donations: $868,862
Campaign Loans: $0
Cash on Hand: $93,866
Josh Winegarner (R)
Congressional District 13
Feb-March: $278,804
Total Donations: $779,849
Campaign Loans: $0
Cash on Hand: $158,966
Tony Gonzales (R)
Congressional District 23
Feb-March: $318,088
Total Donations: $719,531
Campaign Loans: $65,000
Cash on Hand: $271,822
Mike Siegel (D)
Congressional District 10
Feb-March: $136,219
Total Donations : $649,804
Campaign Loans: $25,000
Cash on Hand: $125,644
Renee Swann (R)
Congressional District 17
Feb-March: $129,077
Total Donations: $216,853
Campaign Loans: $454,000
Cash on Hand: $131,212
Candace Valenzuela (D)
Congressional District 24
Feb-March: $204,620
Total Donations: $644,422
Campaign Loans: $0
Cash on Hand: $140,397
Ronny Jackson (R)
Congressional District 13
Feb-March: $227,372
Total Donations: $410,729
Campaign Loans: $0
Cash on Hand: $129,483
Pete Sessions (R)
Congressional District 17
Feb-March: $176,264
Total Donations: $389,704
Campaign Loans: $0
Cash on Hand: $92,712
Troy Nehls (R)
Congressional District 22
Feb-March: $78,989
Total Donations: $378,639
Campaign Loans: $0
Cash on Hand: $115,703
Elisa Cardnell (D)
Congressional District 2
Feb-March: $28,020
Total Donations: $372,062
Campaign Loans: $0
Cash on Hand: $8,294
Donna Imam (D)
Congressional District 31
Feb-March: $35,563
Total Donations: $163,194
Campaign Loans: $200,000
Cash on Hand: $140,068
Christine Mann (D)
Congressional District 31
Feb-March: $34,532
Total Donations: $233,315
Campaign Loans: $44,500
Cash on Hand: $367
Raul Reyes Jr. (R)
Congressional District 23
Feb-March: $50,590
Total Donations: $187,542
Campaign Loans: $34,000
Cash on Hand: $45,323
Renee Swann (R)
Congressional District 17
Feb-March: $129,077
Total Donations: $216,853
Campaign Loans: $454,000
Cash on Hand: $131,212

 

 

A Texas congressional contender intensified his claims of a deep state conspiracy on Thursday when he accused Democrats and the media of collaborating in a character assassination crusade aimed at destroying his campaign and President Donald Trump.

Levelland native Ronny Jackson - a retired Navy officer and former Trump physician - reiterated assertions that the Obama administration had "weaponized" the federal government in a clandestine scheme designed to spy on Trump and his allies.

The Congressional District 13 candidate stopped short of portraying the former Democratic president and alleged coconspirators as traitors who should be tried for treason like he'd suggested in a Twitter post that triggered a rhetorical firestorm this week. But Jackson fiercely defended the social media attacks and pushed back on the criticism that they'd sparked in an email to supporters today.

"I will never apologize for standing up to protect America’s national security interests and constitutional freedoms, even if that means triggering liberals and the ‘mainstream media’," Jackson declared. "As a retired Navy Rear Admiral, to suggest that I don’t have my country’s best interests at heart is patently false and offensive to not only me, but all veterans.” 

At a time when primary runoff campaigns have been all but forgotten in the midst of the coronavirus crisis, Jackson has blazed a path back into the spotlight with the dramatic allegations that he's making as he attempts to comeback from a 19-point deficit in an overtime battle with Amarillo Republican Josh Winegarner in an open CD 13 contest.

Winegarner - a former U.S. Senate aide who's had strong support from the party establishment - led an initial field that featured 15 Republicans when he garnered almost 39 percent of the vote in the primary election more than two months ago.

Winegarner has managed to keep his name in the news in West Texas with a steady rolling out of endorsements from a long list of supporters including veteran U.S. Rep. Mac Thornberry - the incumbent Republican who's stepping down from Congress without a re-election race this year. Winegarner has been endorsed by former U.S. Senator Phil Gramm as a former boss and several other outgoing colleagues including Republican U.S. Reps. Mike Conaway of Midland and Will Hurd of San Antonio.

Jackson has had the president and hard-line conservatives in his corner after advancing to the runoff with almost 20 percent of the vote in the March election that was held several days before the first COVID-19 cases were reported in Texas.

Winegarner has enjoyed a substantial fundraising advantage with contributions of nearly $780,000 by the end of the most recent reporting period that ended on March 31. While Jackson had generated less than $411,000 by the end of March after a late start, he raised more than $227,000 in the second half of February and the entire month of March compared to nearly $279,000 that Winegarner rounded up in the same time span.

But Jackson had hit a publicity gusher since Trump began attempting to stir up a scandal with references to a so-called Obamagate without any specifics or the kind of breathless hyperbole that the U.S. House hopeful has served up on the subject. Jackson suggested that he becomes a central target in a smear campaign by Democrats and others in retaliation for insinuations about an underground witch hunt that Barack Obama allegedly directed as an outgoing president with access to intelligence information.

“The flood of expletive-ridden tweets and online articles debasing my character is inappropriate, sets a bad example for our children, and exposes the true being of those behind the lies," Jackson said. "I am proud to call President Trump a close friend and I am honored to have received his endorsement in my campaign for Congress. If Democrats are looking for an apology from me for supporting the President of the United States, they won’t find one here.” 

Here's what Jackson had to say today ...

 

DR. RONNY JACKSON: “DEMOCRATS DON’T CARE ABOUT THE RULE OF LAW, THEY ONLY CARE ABOUT POWER” 

Amarillo, TX – Today, Dr. Ronny Jackson, President Trump’s former White House Physician, Chief Medical Advisor and Retired Navy Rear Admiral, issued the following statement regarding recent false accusations from former Obama officials and the mainstream media: 

“Once again, the ‘mainstream media’ comprised of liberal mouthpieces and producers of FAKE NEWS, has demonstrated why an overwhelming number of Americans continue to distrust the national press. Their malicious and biased attacks on anyone associated with the Trump administration undermines our democratic process by continuing to sew division amongst the citizens of this great country. Using the press as a tool to build a false narrative to justify certain politically motivated actions is wrong. Weaponizing the federal government to discredit and punish political opponents is a tactic of communist regimes such as China and Russia, and is fundamentally un-American to its core.” 

“Blinded by their hatred of OUR President and their desire to defeat him at any cost, Democrats have exposed their complete disregard for the truth. Democrats are now rejecting official government reports from the Acting Director of National Intelligence because they think it hurts Joe Biden’s chances of defeating President Trump. The Constitution exists to protect law-abiding American citizens from government overreach. Accessing classified information for political expediency shows that Democrats do not care about the rule of law, they only care about power.” 

“I stand by my comments calling out President Obama’s administration for weaponizing our government to spy on President Trump and his supporters. I will never apologize for standing up to protect America’s national security interests and constitutional freedoms, even if that means triggering liberals and the ‘mainstream media’. As a retired Navy Rear Admiral, to suggest that I don’t have my country’s best interests at heart is patently false and offensive to not only me, but all veterans.” 

“The flood of expletive-ridden tweets and online articles debasing my character is inappropriate, sets a bad example for our children, and exposes the true being of those behind the lies. I am proud to call President Trump a close friend and I am honored to have received his endorsement in my campaign for Congress. If Democrats are looking for an apology from me for supporting the President of the United States, they won’t find one here.” 

 

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