State Rep. Diana Maldonado (D-Round Rock) officially responded to the latest round of attacks from Republican Larry Gonzales, saying Gonzales “shot himself in the foot”. Maldonado confirmed her intention to appear at two bi-partisan candidate forums. Gonzales claimed on his campaign web site and social network outlets that Maldonado has refused to debate. Maldonado offered Gonzales a ride to the forums that the campaigns have mutually agreed to attend in case “he doesn’t know how to keep a schedule”.
The full text of the press release is right after the fold, and includes some of the strongest language seen from the Maldonado campaign. Political observers have questioned the wisdom of Gonzales’ attacks, given the ease with which they are refuted. The Gonzales campaign’s prior attack, in which he criticized the Maldonado campaign for hiring canvassers, also fell short of its mark. The use of paid canvassers is common on a campaign of this size, and besides it creates jobs in Williamson County. Is Gonzales opposed to job creation?
Maldonado is quoted in the press release drawing a pattern from the Gonzales attacks, relating it to his prior experience as a Republican political consultant.
“Larry may not understand this, but working on policy issues is different than working on political campaigns,” Maldonado stated, referring to Gonzales’ political consulting business that has taken in over a million dollars to create attack ads. “In policy, you actually have to know your facts,” she added. (Emphasis added)
The following is the full text of the Maldonado campaign’s press release:
ATTACK First! Read Your Schedule Later?
Political Consultant Larry Gonzales shoots himself in the foot now that he’s a political candidate.
(Round Rock, Texas) – Political attack man Larry Gonzales yesterday shot himself in the foot. In press releases and a barrage of tweets from his Twitter account, Larry Gonzales went on the attack, claiming Diana Maldonado was dodging his debates, despite the fact that two debates have already been agreed to and scheduled.
“Gonzales proposes an initial debate about the subject most on the mind of voters: jobs and fiscal discipline, hosted by a local business organization. Gonzales proposes a second debate on education, including higher education, hosted either by a local PTA or on the grounds of a local campus.” (Gonzales campaign email blast 9/15/10)
“I’m sure the Round Rock Chamber, the Greater Austin Hispanic Chamber and Southwestern University had to be scratching their heads,” said Diana Maldonado. A debate sponsored by the two chambers, to focus on economic development issues, had already been scheduled for October 5th at the Dell Diamond center. And a debate on education issues is scheduled for October 14th at Southwestern University.
“Larry may not understand this, but working on policy issues is different than working on political campaigns,” Maldonado stated, referring to Gonzales’ political consulting business that has taken in over a million dollars to create attack ads. “In policy, you actually have to know your facts,” she added.
“He’s either trying to create a dust storm so he can back out of them, or he doesn’t know how to keep a schedule,” Maldonado continued. “If the latter is the case, I’d be happy to pick him up and give him a ride to make sure he gets there.”