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The Road to Losertown

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This is a video I did for my friend Jeff Barton who ran and lost for Hays County Judge here in Texas.   It’s one of those things that seems like a great idea until you’re up at 3 in morning for days on end trying to get it done.  I kid.

Sort of.

It’s very inside baseball.  So here’s some backstory bullet points for those of you not fortunate enough to follow the internecine affairs of Hays Country politics

Jeff comes from a politically progressive family.

His dad is a former State Representative.

His mom is a Jungian psychologist.

His son just got back from a semester abroad in Argentina.

His daughter pole vaults.

During the campaign a smear was floated by the opposition that Jeff was estranged from his sister.

Jeff does not have a sister.

Jeff was fired as editor of the Baylor Lariat in 1980 when Playboy came to shoot nude photos of coeds.

Jeff isn’t a furry.  But then again, how well do we really know our friends.

Jeff ran for Country Commissioner against the reincarnation of Edith Hamilton.   Really.

Jeff was defeated this November along with every opposed Democrat (new or incumbent) in Hays County due to Republican straight party voting.

Jeff’s campaign slogan was:  Building Bridges.

Jeff’s a great guy with a great family and I’m honored to be his friend.

And yes, I owe Jeff money.



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Jeff Barton for Hays Country Judge: The Graphic Novel

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.


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