January 11, 2018
NOTE: LNO has reached out to Representative Capriglione on 3 occasions, two of which were to his personal email, inviting him to respond to this Guest Editorial,
however, has not received any response to date, if received LNO will post. NT, Editor
Colleyville, Texas January 5, 2018
A Guest Editorial by Steve Waltens
Dear Representative Capriglione,
Your campaign for reelection site states, “If reelected, I promise to continue to fight for limited and efficient government while working tirelessly to ensure the voices of those living in House District 98 are heard.” Furthermore, your campaign literature states, “As your State Representative, I am fighting to secure the border, reign in state spending, and provide more transparency and accountability of elected officials.”
I am a constituent of District 98 and am concerned that your actions in the legislature don’t jive with your campaign promises.
I have respectfully attempted to ask you these questions in person but you chose to provide a non-answer then take no more questions. I have respectfully attempted to ask you these questions on your Facebook page but you deleted my questions then blocked me from commenting. What are you hiding from? These are legitimate questions that deserve honest, straightforward answers and the transparency and accountability that you claim is your hallmark.
Please explain this to those of us that you are asking to vote for you to a fourth term:
“I promise to continue to fight for limited and efficient government”. Then . . .
- Why did you vote for a bill that allowed school districts to raise taxes without voter approval? (House Bill 486 by Rep VanDeaver)
- Why did you vote for legislation to disguise a tax increase on nursing home beds? (House Bill 2788 by Rep Sheffield)
- Why did you vote to oppose eliminating corporate welfare and abolish the Commission on the Arts? You voted to abolish this in 2013. What changed besides you? (Senate Bill 1, Amendment 1 by Rep Tinderholt)
- Why did you oppose the leader of the Texas House Republican Caucus and side with Democrats to kill legislation that would have strengthened the state spending limit? (House Bill 208, 1st Called, Point of Order)
- Does it bother you at all to pose for pictures with Governor Abbott when you worked so hard with House Democrats and leadership to kill his conservative reform agenda?
I believe that every Texan deserves straight, public, explanations for the votes and positions that our elected officials make as they represent us. I hope that you feel the same way because folks are paying attention and they care.