There’s a new billboard on FM 2673 between Startzville and Sattler that reads “You don’t have to be a Democrat to vote Democrat this time.”
The sign went up Wednesday near the Canyon Lake Area Chamber of Commerce. Pct. 105 Party Chair Jason Gillett said he hopes it sends a strong message to traditional Republicans as well as to Canyon Lake Democrats who feel isolated in this overwhelmingly red part of rural Comal County.
The sign will stay up through the November midterm elections.
“We’re trying to come up with new and better ways to get out the vote to help our candidates as the election rolls on,” he said. “This sign doesn’t necessarily address any specific candidate but the Republican Party is giving us so many things to run against them on, it was a shame not to use any of them. We’re in unacceptable territory now.”
The sign targets “traditional Republicans,” not the “Trump strain.”
Gillett said members of both parties can agree that insurrection is un-American and women have a right to equality.
“Fix the damn grid is self-explanatory,” he said. “You can buy a service from someone who fails to provide that then turn around and charge us for the failure to do that? I thought I knew how capitalism worked until that.”
Comal Democrats also have a billboard on Elliot Knox Boulevard in New Braunfels with the message. “Texas is not ok, Democrats will make it right.”
Key election issues identified on this sign are gun violence, the power grid, healthcare, public school funding and property taxes.”
Gillett said the two billboards are intended for different audiences.
Comal County Republican Party Chair Sue Piner said Canyon Lake Republicans, who are very committed and active politically, put up yard signs – and sometimes even billboards.
But big signs are expensive, she said.
If the party did pay for an official billboard, like local Democrats did, themes might focus on what could happen if Democrat Beto O’Rourke defeats incumbent Republican Gov. Greg Abbott and on keeping Texas strong “because we don’t have another Texas to move to,” Piner said.
The state would become California overnight, guns would be confiscated, gas prices would skyrocket and gas-powered cars and yard equipment would be banned, she said. Electric cars would stress the electrical grid.
One enthusiastic but unknown local Republican put up their own unofficial sign to to emphasize a Biblical issue with Democrats.
Right below an ad for Shady Vale Mini Storage, on a sign on Canyon Bend, they posted:
“TRUMP – “The heart of the wise inclines to the right, but the heart of the fool to the left. Even as he walks along the road, the fool lacks sense and shows everyone how STUPID he is.” Ecclesiastes 10:2.”