Bettencourt and Norquist Endorse Furse

October 13, 2008

Austen Furse, candidate for the Texas Senate, District 17 today announced the endorsements of Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform, and Paul Bettencourt, Harris County Tax Assessor Collector.
“I congratulate Austen Furse on being the first candidate in this race to sign the taxpayer protection pledge and on his Ike Tax Relief plan. Austen and I have worked together for over a decade to bring meaningful tax relief to our citizens. He is one of the hardest working, most effective leaders I know. I am proud to stand behind him in this race, and I look forward to continuing to work with him when he is in the Texas Senate,” Norquist said.
“Austen Furse doesn’t just believe in limiting the growth of government – he’s actually done something about it. Working with “The Taxman”, Austen co-chaired Let the People Vote, which brought together over 30,000 like-minded citizens to pass a true revenue cap in the City of Houston. He later worked to pass Proposition 2, the Taxpayer Bill of Rights with over 56% of the vote. Austen will be a Texas Senator who gets the job done for the taxpayers,” Bettencourt said.
“I am honored to have these two men’s support. I have worked with Grover since the 1980s, and Paul and I co-founded Let the People Vote,” said Furse. “I will work hard and we will win this election – we will not cede this seat to the Democrats.”
The special election to be held Nov. 4 will fill the vacancy created by Sen. Kyle Janek’s resignation. A runoff will follow if no candidate in the special election gets a majority of the vote. On the ballot are Democrats Chris Bell and Stephanie Simmons and Republicans Joan Huffman, a Southside Place resident and former Harris County felony court judge, Furse, West U. resident, businessman and former George H.W. Bush Administration appointee and Harris County Republican precinct chair Grant Harpold.

InstantNewsWestu Staff

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