Sanchez Derides New Town Hall Rules by Barton as Political Correctness Run Amuck

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Sanchez Derides New Town Hall Rules by Barton as Political Correctness Run Amuck

Waxahachie, TX, April 13, 2017 – “Political correctness run amuck,” is how Congressional candidate TX-6 Jana Lynne Sanchez describes the new rules for Rep. Joe Barton Town Halls. The rules were announced in response to a letter from Sanchez’s lawyer to the Congressman seeking an explanation for why she was prohibited from distributing handouts at his March 11 Town Hall.

 The letter from Sanchez’s lawyer cited a federal court decision that people at a government-sponsored town hall could not be banned from “distributing leaflets expressing disagreement.” The March 22 response came from the U.S. House of Representatives Office of General Counsel. It denied any wrongdoing, but promised “rules and restrictions” would be posted for future Rep. Barton Town Halls.

 Sanchez says she expected running against the 17-term incumbent would not be easy, but she did not expect his taxpayer-funded staff to use their positions to shut down free speech.

 The rules, which appear on the Congressman’s official website, include “Feel free to applaud when you hear something you like,” no distribution of campaign material, and “No other handouts or signs are permitted.” The next Town Hall was held in April 11 in a remote corner of the district.

 Rep. Barton came prepared, packing the meeting with supporters and having armed security for crowd control. Noting that material and signs in violation of the rules were seen at the April 11 meeting, Ms. Sanchez labelled the new rules a “sham” and a poor attempt at silencing the Congressman’s many critics.

 “Barton has spent too much time pleasing his big oil and gas donors rather than caring for his constituents,” Sanchez says, promising to disregard the new rules at the April 13 meeting in Mansfield and April 20 meeting in Waxahachie.

 Barton gained national media exposure for yelling at constituent to shut up at his March town hall meeting.

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Sanchez raises more than $20K in first two months of candidacy

 

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Sanchez raises more than $20K in first two months of candidacy

Vows to break Democratic fundraising record to unseat 17-term Barton

Waxahachie, TX, USA – April 13, 2017 – Candidate for US Congress TX-06, Jana Lynne Sanchez, announces today that her campaign received contributions of $20,237.49 raised in the first two months since declaring her candidacy. Sanchez vows to raise unprecedented funds to challenge 17-term incumbent Joe Barton and aims to raise approximately $1.5 million through the general election.

The money was raised from a combination of contributions via her extensive social media network and from among friends and former colleagues. The donations range in size from $1 to $2,700, and the average amount was less than $100. Sanchez is a former Democratic fundraiser, former correspondent for the Reuters news agency, and the owner of a successful communications agency she co-founded in 2005 in London and Amsterdam (although she is now only a silent partner in the business).

“Joe Barton has remained in office term after term, while he no longer promotes or protects the values of the majority of voters in the district, thanks to the absence of term limits and his ability to raise large amounts of money from big oil, gas and polluters,” says Sanchez, who lives in Waxahachie.

“I grew up in Ellis County – in Maypearl, Midlothian, and Waxahachie. I understand that the main concerns of people are Prosperity and Opportunity, Doing What is Right, Independence, and Freedom. Chief examples of these values include affordable healthcare, well-funded neighborhood public schools, and term limits,” she adds. Sanchez is also running on a platform of immigration reform that is humane, offers a path to legal status, and promotes personal responsibility. Her grandfather immigrated from San Luis Potosi, Mexico in 1912 and settled in the 1950s in Rockett, Ellis County, where she is a landowner.

Sanchez graduated from Waxahachie High School in 1982 before attending Rice University on a mixture on financial aid, scholarships, grants, and help from her family. Sanchez serves on the Dean’s Advisory Board at the School of Social Sciences at Rice University.

 

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The time the Tea Party came after my family and me

Back late 2015, when I had been home from Europe about a year, my uncle told me he was running against Tea Party incumbent Paul Perry for Ellis County Commissioner. My uncle, who spent his entire life working in construction, was very angry that he was riding on roads riddled with pot holes while Perry was waging a publicity campaign on federal issues over which he had ZERO jurisdiction.

Perry’s main issues included tough border control with hateful anti-immigrant rhetoric, defunding Planned Parenthood and against any restrictions on open carry. In December 2015, in fact, Perry made huge news headlines attacking plans by a local church camp to welcome immigrant children, suggesting these children were a safety risk. NBCDFW.com: 800 Unaccompanied Central American Migrants Headed to North Texas

Meanwhile… the potholes….

The main job of the County Commissioner in Ellis County is to keep the roads and bridges in good repair. Other jobs include the county budget. But instead of doing his job, Perry waged a war on the County Judge (a Republican but not Tea Party) over the budget and spent his time campaigning for higher office on these national issues. (I’ve heard he is likely to challenge Joe Barton from the right in the Republican party primary.)

My uncle, like 75% of the voters in Ellis County, is a Republican. But he’s a rational person who just wanted to fix the roads. He’s obviously not anti-immigrant, being the son of a man who came here without papers from Mexico in 1912. He’s a well-respected member of the community, having grown up here.

Having lived almost 20 years abroad, I had been very unengaged with politics since my mid- and late-twenties when I was a political fundraiser in California raising millions for Democratic statewide and local candidates. Over the years I gave money to Democratic presidential candidates and to friends who ran for office, but other than voting and ranting against Bush and then Trump on Facebook, I was mostly uninvolved.

I obviously jumped in to help my uncle when I realized he needed help. My uncle is the patriarch of our family and has always been my hero. He also helped fund my education at Rice. I was very proud of him for standing up for good governance, although I understood the odds of unseating an incumbent were very low. I helped him with writing campaign mailers, his state finance filings, and with organizing volunteers to walk precincts. I wrote letters to the editor on his behalf: WaxahachieTX.com Daily Light. I posted about the campaign, posts which are still on Facebook – I’m proud of our campaign.

My uncle’s campaign upset a lot of people – including the sheriff, who was closely allied with Perry and a slate of Tea Party extremists. A moderate (non-Tea Party) candidate was challenging the sheriff, and my uncle was aligned with that candidate. The sheriff’s deputies reportedly went around taking up my uncle’s signs across the county (at $4 a piece this was expensive!). The sheriff himself went to several supporters of my uncle who had put up his signs and reportedly told them to take down the signs asking questions with character attacks such as “Do you know what kind of a man you are supporting?” My uncle is an elder in his church and is a tireless volunteer for the community, and his supporters stood up for him and reported the bullying tactics to my uncle.

Perry has a loyal army of Tea Party trolls, who go around Facebook attacking people. I earned their hatred. I received screen shots of them attacking my uncle for “hiring” a “campaign manager” who was an “ADMITTED Democrat”. Not only was I not hired, I was not a campaign manager. But I am and always have been a proud Democrat and will do anything for my uncle and for my family.

The campaign got increasingly ugly with Perry issuing campaign mailers full of lies, and his supporters were posting the same lies online. They found things online that were not actually my uncle – Sanchez is a very common name.

I’m writing about this for several reasons. One, I’m still angry. These people who have controlled Ellis County politics for decades and of which Joe Barton is one, are still firmly in power, and I stand against everything they are and believe in. Two, I am being called a Republican by my primary opponents because I voted in the Republican primary. And three, I want you to understand that I will fight for you without regard to how it might appear to others. I fight for what I believe in, and I will not back down.