He has opined publicly to the Press that Straus is a "conservative statesman," lives in a bubble believing the "insurrection" in the local party was due to a few malcontents.
We Say: We thought you’d find this commentary on Gilbert Garcia’s opinion piece quite illuminating. From our friend and fellow Conservative Phil Sevilla:
Insurrectionists … Yup. That’s what Gilbert Garcia called us. It looks like Stovall is resigning very soon as county chair to run for Lamar Smith’s seat. Interesting. Garcia’s narrative about Robert as a “devout” Catholic and true blue conservative are values Garcia does not particularly appreciate. I asked Robert Stovall a few years ago why he published a Republican vs Democrat comparison card that deleted the issue of same sex “marriage”. He said he works in a business with many gay employees. So what?! He had no business authorizing party literature picking and choosing issues he’s comfortable with. Traditional marriage between one man and one woman is an issue that clearly differentiates the Republican and Democratic Parties! Stovall has a key office staff member who opposes Christians and supports abortion and same sex marriage. Does he have the courage to stand up to these people as a “devout Catholic” or will he bend as usual where the wind blows if he gets to Congress when his values are challenged?
Stovall’s gotten the message. He’s unpopular as a grassroots politician and it’s time to save face and move on. Well, county chairs should be led by grassroots Republicans but this role has been hijacked in too many counties by establishment Republicans dazzled by the attention of party elites. In my opinion, Stovall’s core values are not well integrated with traditional conservative principles; he would be easily swayed by influence peddlers; he does not respect the democratic process in governance, etc. He would be a Straus clone as he’s proven to be in Bexar County. He has expressed publicly to the Press that Straus is a “conservative statesman”, clear evidence he lives in a bubble, believing the “insurrection” in the local party was due to a few malcontents.
Joe Straus and his protege, Robert Stovall, are responsible for the division within the ranks of the local party leaders. This division was clearly evident with the explosive response of the members brought on by the reprehensible and inept behavior of County Chairman Stovall at the October 9th party meeting when he repeatedly violated their first amendment rights. These precinct chairs who were gagged represent the heart and soul of the Republican Party of Texas. They are not insurrectionists; rather they are battling the party elites who pose as Republicans but are RINOs, downright Democrats in disguise.
A recent survey showed that 80% of Bexar County precinct chairs disapproved of his tyrannical behavior on Oct. 9th. Stovall’s walking away from the county party chairmanship is clear evidence he understands he’s lost the confidence of the party chairs. Knowledgeable Republicans in Bexar County will not support him considering there are proven conservatives with real experience running against him. It doesn’t matter if he has the Straus, Parscale, and country club establishment money behind him. Candidate Stovall better be very careful how he handles Bexar County party business through his designated surrogate and successor. Dwight Parscale once ran for the office of Kansas Attorney General as a Democrat.
Phil Sevilla is the Editor of the Alamo Torch, president of the Texas Leadership Institute for Public Advocacy, precinct chairman of the Republican Party of Bexar County and a member of the Bexar County Ad Hoc Committee to Censure Joe Straus.
Familiar face lending a hand in GOP chair’s House bid
Robert Stovall seeks the U.S. District 21 seat held by Lamar Smith.
Robert Stovall is running for Congress and he has a not-so-secret weapon.
Stovall, 54, the chairman of the Bexar County Republican Party, will move from the sidelines onto the playing field by running for the U.S. District 21 seat being vacated by Lamar Smith. His prospects will be boosted by Brad Parscale, the local web-design entrepreneur who served as the digital director for Donald Trump’s victorious 2016 presidential campaign.
Parscale, 41, recently moved his political operations to Florida, but he maintains a home in San Antonio and says he remains engaged in local politics. His connection to Stovall goes back a decade, beginning when Stovall, the owner of a wholesale flower business, was among the first clients for Parscale’s then-fledgling firm.
When Stovall launched his first campaign for political office — a 2012 run for Bexar County tax assessor-collector that ended in a close loss to Albert Uresti — he turned to Parscale to design his campaign website.
Stovall’s son Zachary has worked for Parscale’s firm, and Stovall recently named Parscale’s dad, Dwight, to be the vice chairman of the Bexar County GOP.
In other words, it’s not just politics that connects Stovall and Parscale.
“This will probably be the only (2018) race in the country that I will personally support,” Parscale said.
“Robert’s a friend and I’ve known him a long time. He was very supportive with me during the (Trump) campaign when I had things going a million miles an hour. I believe that he’ll be a good candidate and a strong advocate for Trump’s agenda.”
Stovall said friends suggested in recent years that he’d be a good fit for Smith’s district, when the veteran congressman eventually retired.
“The more I heard it, the more I thought it may not be a bad idea,” Stovall said.
Stovall was born in Mexico, the child of an Anglo father and a Mexican mother. He’s a devout Catholic and a zealous believer in the power of entrepreneurship. He took over the local GOP leadership in 2013 and has navigated his way through some thorny intra-party skirmishes.
On the one hand, Stovall is a staunch social and economic conservative, and an immigration hawk who supports Trump’s border wall concept. In voicing his support for a sanctuary cities ban enacted in Texas this year, he argued that police officers, while working their beats, should be able to ask people about their immigration status.
On the other hand, he backed up Texas House Speaker Joe Straus — a frequent target of hardcore conservatives who consider him overly moderate — when a local group of Republican insurrectionists passed an anti-Straus resolution four months ago.
“I believe in minimal government,” Stovall said. “If we can minimize the reach of government on a day-to-day basis, this country would be much better off. That’s why I’m excited about the (new GOP) tax reform bill. If you put more money in people’s pockets, you’re going to see them hire more people.”
His chances in the District 21 race have been boosted by the unwillingness of several high-profile Republicans — Straus, state Sen. Donna Campbell, state Rep. Lyle Larson and County Commissioner Kevin Wolff — to jump into the fray. At this point, Stovall’s most formidable primary opponent looks like state Rep. Jason Isaac from Dripping Springs.
Parscale, who used micro-targeted social-media advertising pitches to help swing the election for Trump, suggested Friday that he could be helpful to Stovall in a number of ways. But his exact role hasn’t yet been defined.
“I’ll probably take one of two approaches,” Parscale said. “Either provide data digital marketing help or I’ve also thought about using my current PAC (political action committee) or a new one, and then provide support to him.
“I have considerable data on that congressional district and have a pretty good road map of what it looks like. It will be a big help to him to have the kind of data that I have, in understanding what the turnout model looks like there. I just have a have a pretty big arsenal, comparable to other people running down there.”
Parscale said Stovall’s biggest challenge will be building his name ID in a district that covers parts of San Antonio, Austin, and the Hill Country. He expressed confidence, however, that his knowledge of the media preferences of District 21 voters could help Stovall make a big dent on a low budget.
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