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Oil and Gas PAC Backs Cargile Over Stickland

Andy Cargile has notched an endorsement from a leading oil and gas group — despite his opponent’s ties to the industry.

Andy Cargile, local school board trustee.

Andy Cargile has notched an endorsement from a leading oil and gas group — despite his opponent’s ties to the industry.   

The Texas Oil and Gas Political Action Committee on Thursday announced its support of Cargile, the former high school principal who is trying to unseat Rep. Jonathan Stickland, R-Bedford, in House District 92.

The PAC, which reported having about $250,000 on hand in mid-January, is the political arm of the Texas Oil and Gas Association, the state’s largest petroleum group.

"Andy Cargile fully appreciates the role a strong domestic energy industry plays in ensuring our state and our nation's prosperity and security," Rob Looney, president of the Texas Oil and Gas Association, said in a statement circulated by Cargile's campaign. "Mr. Cargile is committed to advancing public policy that ensures Texas' oil and gas producers can power our state forward and create good-paying jobs.”

Stickland, who has strong support from the Republican Party's Tea Party faction, runs an oil and gas consulting business.

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