An anonymous letter was received in the mailboxes of some Colleyville homes on Monday, May 4, 2015. Certainly a day that will live in Colleyville Politics Infamy.
There was no return address on the envelope, no signature, no one willing to take credit and certainly no disclosures as required by Texas Election Laws.
Undoubtedly the most scurrilous, vile, vicious and lewd undertaking by any group or individual in an attempt to sway the outcome of an election in modern memory.
The mailer contained excerpts from a deposition in small black print, but the author provided commentary and conclusions in bright red ink. Conclusions that were neither relevant nor accurate to the document.
The mailer contained in large red ink, “Colleyville Voter Alert Read Before Voting!”
Bad for Colleyville!
LNO has elected not to post the mailer since litigation is pending against those deemed responsible for the act.
Candidate Bobby Lindamood was the target of the mailer. Lindamood released the following statement;
Colleyville Friends and Neighbors,
I ran for office to take on the Colleyville status quo and to be a proactive voice for citizens. Sadly, my opponent, Mike Taylor, and his insider friends are getting desperate as our campaign continues to grow in support; I really shouldn’t be surprised that desperate, dirty dealings and personal attacks would happen owing to our efforts against a career politician and because of Mike Taylor’s past style of campaigning. We were actually warned months ago that Mike would resort to any available dirty trick at the end of the campaign. As a multi-term incumbent with a troubling track record in office, Mike Taylor has proven this week, once again, that his priority and ideology is simply reelection.
Colleyville deserves better than the illegal and unethical actions of thugs and bullies both in office and during campaigns. My opponent and a his core supporters — Chuck and Jan Mogged, Jim Fletcher, Tom and Melissa Hart and Louis Miller — are now
trying to profit politically from the death of my father and family fallout in the aftermath. Sadly, after the death of a family member, personal estate matters and family infighting can occur. When my father passed away, it was a time of much emotion and stress, and there was family arbitration concerning the estate. Now, Mike’s accomplices are likely behind an unethical and illegal mailer containing false information malevolently taken out of context from a legally protected deposition — non-disclosable for the very reason that the dispute was resolved and contained completely false and erroneous assertions about events from two decades ago. Because of the editorialized falsehoods and lies being shared, I’ve retained Bruce L. James and Patrick H. Rose, IV of Whitaker Chalk and am in the process of filing a lawsuit to bring Mike Taylor and his conspirators to justice for such unethical and unlawful defamation. More importantly, we must bring Mike Taylor to justice at the ballot box on Election Day (Bransford Elementary) —this unethical tactic being just an example of a career politician’s behind-closed-doors dealings from over a decade in office.
The full story of a very personal, family matter regarding my deceased father is not being told. This is a selective and disgusting manipulation of a private, family dispute — that was resolved many years ago — in an attempt to defame and slander me and my family. As those who know me can attest, I’m a firm believer in character and integrity, and I strive each day to live my life with such. There are plenty of personal matters for which Mike Taylor could be held to account (our campaign chose to take the higher ground). Attacking someone personally is not the Colleyville way — we’re all imperfect individuals; instead, there are plenty of issues and policies to focus on when it comes to Mike Taylor’s record in office (please visit votebobby.org to learn more).
The lawless lengths that are being taken by a few to try to win an election and to distract citizens from kicking out an entrenched career politician are baffling. The level of hate and vulgarity being used by a few siding with my opponent is disturbing. Instead of us having a debate about city issues, Mike Taylor has chosen to hide behind a propped-up, puppet PAC (“Protect Colleyville”) —pending investigation by the Texas Ethics Commission for illegally not filing a treasurer or finance reports — and is now also relying on dirty, personal attacks regarding unfounded and untrue assertions made by a disgruntled family member decades ago.
My father will have been gone for 6 years this June, and the sting of his death and the ensuing family drama afterwards still hurts. It breaks my heart that individuals we call Colleyville neighbors would stoop so low and do such a cowardly thing in a desperate attempt to win an election and to defame me in such an illegal and unethical way — violating both Texas law and Texas ethics rules.
That’s not the Colleyville way.
But, as we’ve all fallen short of perfection, I will continue to walk in faith and in love and continue moving forward with my wife, my daughters, my friends, and my supporters. “Father, I pray for protection for my family, my friends, my town, yes, even my opponent and his supporters. May we treat each other with respect and with honesty. May we understand that we are neighbors now and even after this election. May we be examples of your love. Amen.
” I’ll see you at the polls on Saturday. Let’s win this! For Colleyville,