Today, Representative Lizzie Fletcher refused to sign a pledge to protect Texas cities from the defund the police movement. Wesley Hunt proudly signed the pledge, put forward by Governor Greg Abbott, which states:
“I sign this Texas Backs the Blue Pledge to oppose any efforts to defund the police and to show my support for the brave law enforcement officers who risk their lives to protect and serve. Defunding our police departments would invite crime into our communities and put people in danger. That is why I pledge to support any measure that discourages or stops efforts to defund police departments in Texas.
Our law enforcement officers have our backs every single day, and we need to show them that Texans have their backs.”
Efforts are already underway to cut police budgets in several Texas cities. In August, Austin’s City Council cut the Austin Police Department by one third and shortly thereafter the city of Dallas moved to defund $7 million from the Dallas Police Department’s overtime appropriations.
The far-left movement to cut funding for our police departments makes our cities less safe and puts vulnerable communities at risk. Wesley Hunt supports bringing positive reforms to our police departments but defunding the police does not accomplish that mission.
“Lizzie Fletcher’s failure to sign a pledge stating that she won’t defund the police should be disqualifying to voters in the 7th District,” said Campaign Manager Jim Hilk. “Her failure to sign this pledge mirrors her failure to stand up to the radical progressives in the Democratic party in Congress pushing to destroy Houston’s energy jobs, eliminate employer sponsored healthcare and raise taxes on all Texans.”
Hunt is a Houston native and battle-tested leader willing to stand up for the 7th Congressional District. While his opponent Lizzie Fletcher made Pelosi Speaker of the House and refuses to condemn the most liberal of Democratic priorities, Wesley is a problem solver who will work with both sides to bring results home to the 7th District.