West Texas Oilman Ramps Up Political Pressure With Op-Ed, Seliger “Positive” (video)

March 2, 2018


The West Texas co-founder of CrownQuest Operating, LLC is making news again, as he has in previous election years, as an effective contributor to state politics and as chairman of the conservative group Empower Texans.

And now in the 37-county District 31 state senate race, Tim Dunn says he’s supporting fellow Republican and former Midland Mayor Mike Canon over both the GOP incumbent Kel Seliger and Republican challenger Victor Leal.

In an interview with Quorum Report, Senator Seliger has said Canon and Leal are “both lackeys for Empower Texans and Texas Public Policy Foundation,” the former a political action group, the latter a pro-school voucher group where Dunn is vice chairman of the board.

Dunn has written a letter asking for support, as he did in a previous campaign in 2014, but this time the letter, rather than statewide, is local to the Midland-Odessa area and the Texas panhandle.

And with more than $100 million dollars spent on Texas campaigns this election cycle, there have been concerns expressed about the infusion of “insider cash” from “outsider groups.”

Dunn, however, in explaining his deep interest in the campaigns leading into to next week’s primary elections, said in a Friday op-ed in the Dallas Morning News that he considers it “important for taxpayers and voters to understand that the primary outside group the insiders fear is us — the educated and motivated voters.”

See the DMN article here.

As recounted earlier in the Buzz section of The Texas Energy Report, Seliger challenger Leal has been characterizing the conservative Seliger as a “liberal,” but the incumbent’s most recent TV ad doesn’t answer Leal’s earlier ad, referring only to “false attacks by a few weathy individuals.”