By Cliff Walker, Political Director
Sometimes change happens faster than you think.
Back in 1992, when Judge Larry Meyers first won a seat on the Court of Criminal Appeals—the highest criminal court in Texas—he was the first Republican to do so since Reconstruction. The election just two years later marked the last time a Democrat was elected to any statewide office. And by 1998, in just six short years, Judge Meyers’ court flipped from all Democratic to all Republican.
In the years since, the Texas Republican Party has grown so extreme that even many Republicans no longer recognize it. With the ascendancy of the Tea Party and Ted Cruz, their party has often become openly hostile to many Texans who care deeply about the future of this state and want their leaders to embrace pragmatic solutions, rather than the angry dogma of the fringes.
That includes Texans like Judge Meyers, who has now filed to run for a seat on the Texas Supreme Court—as a Democrat.
Judge Meyers’ party switch is just another sign that the tide is beginning to change in Texas. He joins other ex-Republicans like Bexar County Judge Carlo Key and former State Board of Education Member George Clayton—they stand united with Texas who are frustrated with the destructive politics of fear and resentment.
With Wendy Davis leading a ticket of exciting candidates with diverse backgrounds all the way down the ballot, we know this is going to be a watershed year in Texas politics.
But you also have a key role to play. Join our effort to make Texas a battleground state and help build the coalition that will make sure our government represents all Texans once again.
Make a donation of $5 or more to salute Judge Meyers' courage and keep the momentum going.
Photo courtesy of Fort Worth Star-Telegram