Midland Politicos: Please don’t spoil the Midland-Odessa relationship again.
Just last night, I attended a wonderful gathering put together by Patrick Payton of Stonegate Fellowship, Collin Sewell of Sewell Family Dealerships and Bob Brescia of the John Ben Shepperd Leadership Institute attempting to “Start the Conversation” between Midlanders and Odessans on how to make our piece of West Texas an even greater place to live for the future. What a novel concept for our part of the world. Cheers to them for their vision and fortitude to see this conversation through.
But, much to my chagrin, I opened my mail last week to see another “hit piece” against one of our Odessa elected officials that smells of the same negative mailings that came out two years ago. Even worse, it is coming from the same group as before, Empower Texans and their sister group Texans for Fiscal Responsibly that according to Wikipedia is funded by the same Midland money guys and several board members of the Texas Public Policy Foundation, as was the case in 2015. Interestingly, they try and humiliate Odessa’s State Rep for scoring low (65 percent) on their fiscal “index” when Midland’s state representative scored even lower (58 percent) than Odessa’s. Funny though, the Midland guys don’t dare run the same hit piece in Midland which clearly makes this a personal vendetta against Odessa and our elected officials.
To me, relations could not be better between the Midland and Odessa folks as far as working together for higher education and joint projects to come out here. We definitely click well as far as the oil business goes. But there are still some individuals that want to control us in Odessa by getting their own candidates elected; candidates that they will certainly control.
Sen. Kel Seliger and Rep. Tom Craddick for decades now and more recently Rep. Brooks Landgraf for his first two sessions have done a stellar job for both Midland and Odessa and our common interests in the Texas Legislature, especially when it comes to higher education and energy. I hope many of you can see through what will surely be a huge negative blitz against these men in the coming months by the very rich Midland money folks and their paid for hit piece organizations called Empower Texans and Texans for Fiscal Responsibility. You can be assured that any candidate those two groups back will be beholden to them and their increasingly negative and demeaning way of politicking. It is truly a shame that these organizations and their “leaders” feel the need to attack and tear someone else down so as to build themselves up. In life, true leadership is not a zero-sum game. We have great leaders representing us in both Midland and Odessa. People from both of these communities are united and steadfast in supporting their achievements and their representation. We will continue to strongly disapprove of the political bullying that serves only to disintegrate our combined regional progress. Join with me in denouncing these smear tactics – they are not worthy of our collective character. Midlanders and Odessans are so much smarter and capable than those promoting these attacks on one of the proudest areas of our great state.
We have come a long way in getting our two communities closer together over the last couple of decades. It is time to “Include in the Conversation” on how politically, we can become even more powerful together too. Let’s please don’t let a few well-off individuals try and break our communities apart again. Midland Odessa: we are better together.