Below is cartoon I did for my good friend and neighbor Jeff Barton who’s running for Hays Country Judge here in Texas. It’s actually the first cartoon I’ve drawn in years. And a cursory glance can tell why it’s the first cartoon I’ve drawn in years. I suggest everyone focus on the writing.
The cartoon was supposed to run on Jeff’s website and become a mailer or something, but somehow that never happened. The give-a-ways in the cartoon don’t exist, but I’ll print out the cartoon and sign it for anyone who donates (click on the cartoon or go to Jeff’s site).
He’s in a tight race. Jeff’s a smart, decent, hard working friend that I’ve known for over 30 years who’s dedicated most of his life to public service. The County Judge position in Texas is not an actual judgeship, but similar to the head of the county board of commissioners or supervisors in other states. It’s about urban planning, building roads and managing growth.
The position is not ideological. But, unfortunately, Jeff’s opponent and his supporters, egged on by the Fox News-ification of politics, have made it ideological. This has brought out a deluge of lies, innuendo and dirty campaign tactics that this county hasn’t seen since battles over civil rights. Whole blocks worth of campaign signs have been stolen. They’ve organized anonymous email campaigns spewing hate-filled lies. The venom is both sadly ridiculous and a little scary — as though all the local right wing’s frustration and anger over Obama as president is directed squarely at Jeff.
I think Jeff will win next Tuesday. But it will be close. If you’re a fellow resident of Hays County, please consider voting for Jeff Barton. Don’t listen to the anonymous lies from the right. Educate yourself on the local issues that matter and make your own decision.
Your vote WILL matter.