Five former leaders of the Tarrant County Democratic Party are calling on Fort Worth-area attorney George Boll to abandon his bid for the SD-10 seat because of his voting record. Texas Weekly recently reported that Boll has only voted in one Democratic primary since 2000 while voting in 11 Republican primaries and runoffs.
“With a Republican voting record like this, can we really trust George Boll to stand up for Democratic values like giving working families a fair shot, equal rights and women’s health?" former chairwoman Betty Fischer said. "These issues are too important to risk giving such an important position to someone who votes regularly in Republican primaries."
Steve Maxwell, Art Brender, Evelyn Parmer and Dennis Sheehan are the other former chairs calling for Boll to withdraw from the race.
Previously, Boll defended his cross-party voting record and said it's sometimes necessary to "cross over," calling himself a longtime Democrat.
Boll has filed to run as a Democrat in the highly contested race for the state Senate seat Wendy Davis is vacating to run for governor. He is facing community activist Libby Willis and energy executive Mike Martinez in the Democratic primary. With the seat up for grabs, Republicans are looking to turn the swing seat back to red to edge one seat closer to the two-thirds majority they need to bring any legislation to the floor for consideration.