“The issues facing Texas are serious. Our Ag Commissioner Candidates should be too.”
Eric Opiela, Republican candidate for Texas Agricultural Commissioner on Monday, said that the issues facing the state’s agricultural community are no laughing matter, and the next Texas Agriculture Commissioner needs to be 100 percent committed to the job.
Over the weekend, perpetual candidate Kinky Friedman announced that he would once again be running for Texas Agriculture Commissioner as a Democrat. In 2010, the last time Friedman ran for Ag Commissioner, he only managed to get 35% of the vote.
“We need an agriculture commissioner who will focus on jobs, not jokes; drought, not drama and water lines, not punchlines,” Opiela said. “The issues facing Texas farmers and ranchers – and the millions of Texans who depend on them – are serious, and the commitment of our next commissioner must be too.
Friedman has pledged, if elected, to imitate the last Democrat elected to the office – Jim Hightower. Hightower was defeated after the exposure of corruption and shakedowns coming from his campaign.
“The drought we are living through is critical, the issues facing rural Texas are more serious than ever – Texans deserve better than a three ring circus,” Opiela said. “That’s why I’m focused on real solutions for urban and rural Texans, like developing a water system that serves our needs while preserving our property rights.”
Opiela is a fifth generation rancher and operates a 2,300 acre cattle ranch near Karnes City, Texas. As a property rights advocate, Opiela has fought overreaching federal government agencies and currently serves as Chairman of the South Texans’ Property Rights Association’s Eminent Domain Committee.