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Austin American-Statesman. March 6, 2022. Editorial: Texas voters deserved more from GOP candidates Each of the four candidates in this year’s Republican primary campaign for Texas attorney general promised to finish former President Donald Trump’s border wall — never mind that border security is the federal government’s responsibility. Seeking reelection, the Republican Texas comptroller, whose job is to balance the state’s checkbook, pledged to “fight every day” to restrict abortion access and “expand the rights of gun owners.” He can’t; it’s not his job. Surely our state’s agriculture commissioner would mention farmers or ranchers, or agriculture, in the issues section of his campaign website. Not a peep. Guns, abortion, taxes and “protecting houses of worship from politicians” were his top priorities. Seriously? It’s nothing new for politicians to play to the polls and make promises they can’t deliver, but this kind of grandstanding corrodes our democracy and our politics, undermining honest and legitimate debate on the issues. Disingenuous posturing up and down the Republican primary ballot deprived voters of the chance to learn how the candidates would actually do their jobs if elected. All candidates owe us that. To be clear, Democratic politicians can be guilty of inane hyperbole and finger-in-the- wind politics, too. But based on our analysis of dozens of Texas primary campaigns, Republican candidates were, by far, more guilty of this than Democrats in the latest election cycle. Many promised more than they can deliver on issues outside the purview of the offices they were seeking, […]