60 Percent of Texas County Sheriffs Sign Letter Condemning O’Rourke’s Divisive Rhetoric Against Law Enforcement

Twelve counties, in Senate District 1, signed on to a letter condemning Congressman O'Rourke's divisive rhetoric against law enforcement and endorse Senator Ted Cruz for re-election. 

"HOUSTON, Texas – A total of 153 Texas County Sheriffs––including six *Democrats––signed on to a letter condemning Congressman Beto O’Rourke’s divisive rhetoric against law enforcement and endorsing Sen. Ted Cruz for re-election. This is an increase of 57 Sheriffs from less than a week ago. This new total means a clear majority (60%) of the Sheriffs across Texas have endorsed Sen. Ted Cruz.

“As law enforcement officers, we put our lives on the line each day to protect and serve the Texas communities where we live, work and raise our families,” the sheriffs write. “We know first-hand that being in law enforcement is more challenging in today’s times than at almost any point in history. And sadly, Beto O’Rourke has gone even further than the all-too-familiar rhetoric that inflames anger towards peace officers.”

The letter continues, “As experienced law enforcement professionals, we believe that nothing is more important than to serve and protect the communities we live in. Ted Cruz understands this – and he is the right choice for our law enforcement community, and we believe, for Texans at large.”

The original letter may be viewed here and text of the letter may be found below.

The letter has now been signed on to by the following county sheriffs:

Sheriff Greg Taylor, Anderson County
Sheriff Charles R. Stewart, Andrews County
Sheriff Gregory A. Sanches, Angelina County
Sheriff William A. Mills, Aransas County
Sheriff Staci Williams Beesinger, Archer County
Sheriff Fleta Barnett, Armstrong County
Sheriff David A. Soward, Atascosa County
Sheriff Richard Wills, Bailey County
Sheriff Daniel Raymond Butts, Bandera County
Sheriff Don Jackson, Blanco County
Sheriff Benny Ray Allison, Borden County
Sheriff Charles S. Wagner, Brazoria County
Sheriff Christopher Kirk, Brazos County
Sheriff Ronny D. Dodson, Brewster County*
Sheriff Thomas L. Norsworthy, Burleson County
Sheriff Bobbie Vickery, Calhoun County
Sheriff Larry Rowe, Cass County
Sheriff Salvador S. Rivera, Jr, Castro County
Sheriff Brian C. Hawthorne, Chambers County
Sheriff Michael “Mike” Pigg, Childress County
Sheriff K. R. “Kenny” Lemons, Jr, Clay County
Sheriff James O. Skinner, Collin County
Sheriff R.H. “Curly” Wied, Colorado County
Sheriff Mark W. Reynolds, Comal County
Sheriff Chad Miller, Concho County
Sheriff Terry Gilbert, Cooke County
Sheriff Scott A. Williams, Coryell County
Sheriff Andrew R. Aguilar, Crane County
Sheriff Shane C. Stevenson, Dallam County
Sheriff J. Dale Butler, Jr., Deaf Smith County
Sheriff Ricky Smith, Delta County
Sheriff Tracy Murphree, Denton County
Sheriff Carl R. Bowen, DeWitt County
Sheriff Robert Wayne Bradford, Eastland County
Sheriff Michael W. Griffis, Ector County
Sheriff Chuck Edge, Ellis County
Sheriff Matt Coates, Erath County
Sheriff Ricky Scaman, Falls County
Sheriff Troy E. Nehls, Fort Bend County
Sheriff Ricky S. Jones, Franklin County
Sheriff Albert De Leon, Frio County*
Sheriff Henry Trochesset, Galveston County
Sheriff Terry L. Morgan, Garza County
Sheriff Buddy Mills, Gillespie County
Sheriff Kirby Brumby, Goliad County
Sheriff Matthew J. Atkinson, Gonzales County
Sheriff Thomas E. Watt, Grayson County
Sheriff Maxey Cerliano, Gregg County
Sheriff Donald G, Sowell, Grimes County
Sheriff Arnold S. Zwicke, Guadalupe County
Sheriff Timothy J. Glass, Hansford County
Sheriff Patrick Laughery, Hardeman County
Sheriff William T. McCool, Harrison County
Sheriff Franky Scott, Hartley County
Sheriff Nathan Lewis, Hemphill County
Sheriff Botie Hillhouse, Henderson County
Sheriff Rodney B. Watson, Hill County
Sheriff Roger Deeds, Hood County
Sheriff Lewis Tatum, Hopkins County
Sheriff Darrel Bobbitt, Houston County
Sheriff Stan Parker, Howard County
Sheriff Arvin West, Hudspeth County*
Sheriff Randy Meeks, Hunt County
Sheriff Kirk Coker, Hutchinson County
Sheriff Thomas Spurlock, Jack County
Sheriff A. J. “Andy” Louderback, Jackson County
Sheriff Mitchel Newman, Jasper County
Sheriff Adam R. King, Johnson County
Sheriff Greg Arnwine, Jones County
Sheriff Bryan W. Beavers, Kaufman County
Sheriff Al Auxier, Kendall County
Sheriff Rusty Hierholzer, Kerr County
Sheriff Hilario Cantu, Kimble County
Sheriff Mike McWhirter, King County
Sheriff Richard C. Kirkpatrick, Kleberg County
Sheriff Dean W. Homstad, Knox County*
Sheriff Scott C. Cass, Lamar County
Sheriff Micah C. Harmon, Lavaca County
Sheriff Rodney Meyer, Lee County
Sheriff Robert J. Rader, Jr., Liberty County
Sheriff Dennis D. Wilson, Limestone County
Sheriff Kenneth M. Eggleston, Lipscomb County
Sheriff Larry R. Busby, Live Oak County
Sheriff Chris H. Busse, Loving County*
Sheriff Morgan David McKnight, Marion County
Sheriff Brad Ingram, Martin County
Sheriff Buster Nixon, Mason County
Sheriff Frank Skipper Osborne, Matagorda County
Sheriff John L. Dagen, McCulloch County
Sheriff Pamell McNamara, McLennan County
Sheriff Emmett L. Shelton, McMullen County
Sheriff Randy R. Brown, Medina County
Sheriff Gary Painter, Midland County
Sheriff Chris White, Milam County
Sheriff Clint Royce Hammonds, Mills County
Sheriff Patrick Toombs, Mitchell County
Sheriff Marshall W. Thomas, Montague County
Sheriff Rand Henderson, Montgomery County
Sheriff J E “Bo” DeArmond, Moore County
Sheriff Jason Bridges, Nacogdoches County
Sheriff Billy E. Rowles, Newton County
Sheriff David Warren, Nolan County
Sheriff Jim Kaelin, Nueces County
Sheriff Terry L. Bouchard, Ochiltree County
Sheriff Brent Warden, Oldham County
Sheriff Brett McGuire, Palo Pinto County
Sheriff Michael Kevin Lake, Panola County
Sheriff Larry L. Fowler, Parker County
Sheriff Randy Genies, Parmer County
Sheriff Donald Kenneth Hammack, Polk County
Sheriff Brian Thomas, Potter County
Sheriff Danny C. Dominguez, Presidio County*
Sheriff Joel W. Richardson, Randall County
Sheriff Jeff Garner, Reagan County
Sheriff Nathan T. Johnson, Real County
Sheriff Jim Caldwell, Red River County
Sheriff Raul Pinky Gonzales, Refugio County
Sheriff Gerald Yezak, Robertson County
Sheriff Harold Eavenson, Rockwall County
Sheriff Carl L. Squyres, Runnels County
Sheriff Jeff Price, Rusk County
Sheriff Robert Cartwright, San Augustine County
Sheriff Greg Capers, San Jacinto County
Sheriff Charles Leroy Moody, San Patricio County
Sheriff Matt Boswell, San Saba County
Sheriff David R. Doran, Schleicher County
Sheriff James P. Wilson, Ill, Scurry County
Sheriff Willis Blackwell, Shelby County
Sheriff Ted Allen, Sherman County
Sheriff Larry R. Smith, Smith County
Sheriff Will Holt, Stephens County
Sheriff Tim A. Sanders, Sterling County
Sheriff Oscar G. Chavez, Sutton County
Sheriff Jim McCaslin, Swisher County
Sheriff Bill E. Waybourn, Tarrant County
Sheriff Keith Hughes, Terrell County
Sheriff Larry Gilbreath, Terry County
Sheriff J. K. “Doc” Wigington, Throckmorton County
Sheriff Timothy C. Ingram, Titus County
Sheriff David Jones, Tom Green County
Sheriff W. A. Estes, Trion County
Sheriff Lawrence Webb, Upshur County
Sheriff Dan W. Brown, Upton County
Sheriff T Michael O’Connor, Victoria County
Sheriff Royce Glenn Smith, Waller County
Sheriff Otto H. Hanak, Washington County
Sheriff Shannon Srubar, Wharton County
Sheriff Wes Crites, Wheeler County
Sheriff Bill Price, Wilbarger County
Sheriff James D. Mitchell, Winkler County
Sheriff Lane Akin, Wise County
Sheriff Tom A. Castloo, Wood County
Sheriff David Bryant, Yoakum County
*Notes Democratic Party County Sheriff

To the People of Texas,

We write to express our grave reservations regarding Congressman and current U.S. Senate candidate Beto O’Rourke. O’Rourke recently made disparaging and offensive comments against the brave men and women who comprise Texas’ law enforcement community, and his voting record as a U.S. Representative is equally as troubling to those of us who protect and serve every day.

As law enforcement officers, we put our lives on the line each day to protect and serve the Texas communities where we live, work and raise our families. We know first hand that being in law enforcement is more challenging in today’s times than at almost any point in history. And sadly, Beto O’Rourke has gone even further than the all-too-familiar rhetoric that inflames anger towards peace officers.

He most recently made comments suggesting that the system our officers abide by is “the new Jim Crow,” and that we have an ingrained and systematic practice of targeting and suspecting persons based on the color of their skin. This is O’Rourke’s full comment:

“That system of suspecting somebody solely based on the color of their skin, searching that person solely based on the color of their skin, stopping that person solely based on the color of their skin, shooting that person solely based on the color of their skin, throwing the book at that person and letting them rot behind bars solely based on the color of their skin. It is why some have called this–I think it is an apt description–the new Jim Crow.”

That is disgusting, offensive and entirely unacceptable for anyone who wants to represent each of us, and our fellow 28 million Texans.

These harmful comments also make it much more difficult for us to maintain the public’s trust and to safely and effectively carry out our duty.

As if these terrible statements were not enough, Beto O’Rourke has also taken votes against law enforcement – he voted against legislation that would have stopped President Obama from ignoring federal laws on criminal justice and immigration. He also inexplicably voted in favor of a bill that would have prevented federal funding to provide law enforcement with over $9 million in life-saving equipment.

In sharp contrast, Ted Cruz has stood up for our peace officers as our United States Senator. As experienced law enforcement professionals, we believe that nothing is more important than to serve and protect the communities we live in. Ted Cruz understands this – and he is the right choice for our law enforcement community, and we believe, for Texans at large.

We are urging all Texans to stand up for law enforcement and vote for Ted Cruz on November 6."

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