Texas Republican judge’s endorsement of Democrats’ shocking policy
Republican Tarrant County Judge Glen Whitley endorsed the Democratic nominee for Texas lieutenant governor.
TARRANT COUNTY, Texas — Tarrant County Judge Glen Whitley is completing his senior year in his downtown office in the Administration Building. His most recent announcement quickly became political talk not just in the county, but across Texas.
Whitley recently appeared on the WFAA’s award-winning podcast Y’all-itics, where he shocked Texas politics with regards to statewide elections.
Whitley is a lifelong Republican who hasn’t always opted for the status quo in politics.
“The only person I’m going to support in the whole state, it’s gonna get me in a little bit of trouble,” Whitley said on the podcast, “Mike Collier for Lt. Governor.”
Collier is the Democratic nominee against incumbent Republican Dan Patrick.
The Tarrant County Judge blames Patrick for the state ignoring financial obligations such as state prisoner expenses.
“So when they pass a law there, or they force us to keep their prisoners, it’s a state-imposed property tax increase. We used to call it non warrants. funded,” Whitley said.
Patrick declined the WFAA interview about the endorsement.
But on Twitter, patrick wrote:
“It’s no surprise that Judge Whitley, who placed Tarrant County’s property taxes among the highest in Texas, doesn’t understand. People are being taxed away from home by high-spending local governments. Collier and Whitley are two in one, tax hike, big spender.”
Collier shared with WFAA that local spending has been a focus of discussions between him and Whitley in the past. Those talks included how much Tarrant County needs to spend due to a lack of state financial support.
“I’m honored that he endorsed me,” Mike Collier said, “We’ve talked many times over the years about why property taxes are skyrocketing.”
While local Tarrant County Republicans call Whitley’s endorsement disappointing, local Democrats hope Whitley’s endorsement pays off.
Kendyll Locke is Vice Chairman of the Tarrant County Democratic Party. He has met Whitley in the past and describes him as someone concerned about local spending because he is a voter like everyone else.
Locke said: “I think we’re going to see a lot more of that from a lot of other people as the election approaches.”
In a statement to the WFAA, Tarrant County Republican Party Chairman Rick Barnes said:
“While I am disappointed with the endorsement Mr. Whitley has given Lieutenant Governor Patrick, I am not at all surprised. Mr. Whitley has been out of line with the Republican Party for some time now and he maintains that position today Fortunately, Mr. Whitley does not lead the Party in any way, and we will continue to work hard to support our entire Republican slate, from governor to constable.
Despite the endorsement of a state-level Democrat, Whitley is confident that Texas will remain a red state.
He even shared with Y’all-itics that he has no concerns about Texas turning purple, which would indicate Republican voters are starting to vote Democratic.