Conservative Commentator Coulter Endorses Furse

July 14, 2008

State senatorial candidate Austen Furse has picked up the endorsement of a high-profile conservative commentator in his bid to claim the District 17 seat formerly held by Kyle Janek.

Political pundit and author Ann Coulter announced late last week that she was throwing her support behind Furse. In making the announcement, Coulter cited Furse’s principles and conservatism.

“Austen is a rare breed; a principled and conservative man willing to stand for public office,” Coulter said. “With the benefit of his counsel, the Texas Senate will be a better place.”

Furse called Coulter “a dear friend” and said she speaks boldly for conservative principles.

“I am pleased that she found time to depart the national stage and join in our battle for conservative principles in Texas and lend her support to our campaign for the Texas Senate,” Furse said.

The Furse campaign noted that Coulter also posted an endorsement and link on her website .

A businessman and West University Place resident, Furse previously served in the administration of President George H.W. Bush as White House Director of Policy Planning. He served in that position until the end of the Bush presidency, when he returned to Texas.

Since then, Furse has founded Texans For Tax Limits, which instituted the no-new-tax pledge among Texas legislators. Locally, he led an effort opposing a taxpayer-funded sports stadium.

He was also a co-founder of Let the People Vote, a grass-roots citizen’s effort that sought an election on the Main Street Light Rail line, and succeeded in passing a tax limitation measure for Houstonians.

The seat became vacant in June when Janek resigned. The district includes portions of Fort Bend, Harris, Brazoria, Wharton, Galveston, Chambers and Jefferson counties.

InstantNewsWestu Staff

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