Over the weekend the Texas pro-gambling group “Let Texans Decide” ran a series of radio ads on Dallas radio and on the Longhorn Network. However, a large number of those who went to the web address in the ad were greeted, not by a petition for a gambling referendum but, with a message advocating for Texas independence.
In 2009, the Texas Nationalist Movement, the largest organization promoting the political, cultural and economic independence of Texas, launched a state-wide petition effort calling for a referendum on Texas independence. The referendum effort, similar to the ones in Scotland and the Catalonia region of Spain, was called “Let Texas Decide”.
Not only do the efforts have similar names, the web addresses only deviate by one letter as well.
“Although the petition effort has concluded and we are currently working with members in the state government to secure this referendum, the domain name is still owned by us and points directly to our organization’s main website,” stated Daniel Miller, President of the Texas Nationalist Movement.
The radio ads featured a heavily accented casino bus hostess from Oklahoma thanking passengers for spending their money in Oklahoma casinos. That was followed by a pitch to let the people of Texas decide on gambling. However, it seems that in directing people to their website, the “n” got buried leading people to the TNM website.
“We noticed a spike in traffic at the beginning of the weekend and when we found out about the radio ads, we created a special landing page on our site just for those folks letting them know that Texas already gambles by not exercising our independence from the Federal system,” Miller went on to say.
“I would like to personally thank the pro-gambling lobby for giving us a chance to reach out to people over the weekend to let them know that the only ‘sure bet’ for Texas future is Texas independence.”
People can still see the special landing page at http://www.lettexasdecide.com.