State Rep. Dan Branch, R-Dallas, who has represented the Dallas/Park Cities-based HD-108 since 2003 on Friday endorsed Morgan Meyer in the Republican runoff to succeed him. Branch decided not to run for re-election in order to seek the GOP nomination for attorney general.
In announcing the endorsement, Branch mentioned the furor over negative ads created by Meyers' rival, Chart Westcott.
“In this race, I admire both men and their families. It was always my intention to stay neutral, but this week a line was crossed,” Branch said. “Morgan Meyer will honorably serve our state, putting first the needs of our district and not those of outside special interests. I’m proud to endorse Morgan Meyer because he has the judgment, insight and temperament that our communities need.”
A Dallas Morning News story that ran Thursday noted that the blowback over the ads had also cost Westcott the support of former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Roger Staubach and former Ambassador Jeanne Phillips and led tax and accounting consultant Brint Ryan to ask that his name and image not be used by the campaign unless permission is given.