Piel Launches 2016 With Disgusting Attacks
Friends,Looks like my opponent couldn’t even wait for the holiday break to end before launching misleading attacks about my record.Andrew Piel, my establishment opponent, knows that he can’t run to my right. I was ranked amongst the 5 most conservative State Representatives in all of Texas, and that was a study that included over 1,000 votes taken by all of my colleagues and I.
Mr. Piel’s first attack is to accuse me of supporting child molesters. Disgusting right?
Since my opponent has decided to start 2016 mudslinging, I wanted to explain my opposition to HB189, a bill that has some positive reform, but eliminated due process protections in sexual assault cases where there is no physical evidence, increasing the likelihood of wrongful accusations.
Sexual assault is a serious issue and we have to make sure we prosecute and punish offenders, while protecting those wrongfully accused. Existing law, one of the strictest in the nation, has no statute of limitations for rape cases involving children or where there is DNA evidence, which I support. However, HB189 removes the 10 year statute of limitations on certain rape cases where there is no physical evidence. This creates a high risk of someone wrongfully accused being unable to defend themselves from accusations 30 or 40 years after the occurrence based on witness testimony alone.
As a husband and father of both a daughter and son I am offended that my opponent would be so desperate as to trivialize and politicize such a horrific crime. Andrew Piel’s attack is disgusting and has no place in a serious discussion on how we protect sexual assault victims. I will always fight to strengthen our laws against sexual assault, and continue to defend our conservative values.
It’s disappointing that my opponent doesn’t give the voters credit for their own intelligence. They know I vote my Christian-Conservative values. It’s one of the reasons I’ve been rated a top conservative by not only Rice University and Texans for Fiscal Responsibility, but also Texas Values and Texas Right to Life.