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September 10, 2013

Staples stumps in Athens

Ag Commissioner vying to become lieutenant governor

Athens — To say Todd Staples is running for Texas’ second highest office is putting it mildly.

Staples’ Lieutenant Governor campaign bus chugged into Athens on Tuesday morning, stopping at Henderson County Republican Headquarters. The Athens visit is one of 50 appearances he’ll make in a 22-day period that began earlier this month.

Staples said, following his stump speech, that things will be different in the Texas Legislature if he takes the Senate gavel from incumbent David Dewhurst.

“I recognize that government works for the people and not the other way around,” Staples said. “We’ve had too much failed leadership on some critical issues, making Wendy Davis the most liberal state senator we have, into a national cause that will have bad implications for Texas.”

Davis conducted an 11-hour filibuster to deny Senate passage on an abortion bill.

“I will take care of the people’s business and focus on the fundamentals,” Staples said. “I’ve cut taxes and passed tax relief in both chambers of the legislature and that’s my goal as I’m moving forward as Lieutenant Governor.”

Staples said Texans should hold fast to the conservative values that are stronger in the state than in other parts of the country.

“Texans need to reflect back a couple of decades ago and realize that if we allow our free-market enterprise system to collapse, we’ll have an economy like that of California, Greece or Detroit,” Staples said. “That’s a message that wins and it’s sound economically.”

Staples was introduced by County Judge Richard Sanders who said the Palestine native has fought to secure the nation’s borders.

“While federal leaders continue to play politics with this very serious issue, Staples has authored a book, ‘Broken Borders Broken Promises,’” Sanders said.

The book provides solutions for shoring up the porous border and solving the nation’s immigration problem,” Sanders said. 

Staples said he was glad to be in Athens, not far from his Palestine roots and cited that his wife Janet is from Athens.

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