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Campaign Turns Ugly and Personal In 18th Congressional District
September 27, 2010

If   you have listened recently to local radio you have probably heard a political ad paid for by John Faulk, the republican candidate for the 18th Congressional District.

Faulk is trying to link incumbent  democratic Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee to a scandal plaguing the Congressional Black Congress.   

U.S. Rep. Bernice Johnson of  Dallas has admitted that she awarded college scholarships worth thousands of  dollars to family members and family members of  friends.

There is no evidence that Congresswoman Jackson Lee has done anything wrong. 

However, in the radio spot you hear  a woman’s voice raising doubt about SJL’s  record and questioning if  she has any connection to the controversy.

The Congresswoman’s campaign released this statement: 

LOW DOWN DIRTY POLITICS @ PLAY BY REPUBLICAN OPPONENT 

(Houston, TX)…..As the upcoming November 2nd General Election approaches, it appears to be business as usual for Republican candidate John Faulk who is attempting to smear the incumbent representative of the 18th Congressional District, Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, with his latest advertising tactic.  Faulk, a candidate with no record, is using “lies and misrepresentation” to smear his opponent who continues to run on her record of service and ability to bring millions of dollars back to the constituents within her district.

Faulk’s latest radio ad, which has a racist undertone and is attempting to confuse and mislead the voters with a commercial with an African American female voice, refers to the alleged actions of another congressional representative and attempts to smear Jackson Lee and question her credibility. This unfortunately is the usual “low down, dirty political tactics” of many Republicans.  The voters are astute enough to see beyond this type of negative campaigning.

Jackson Lee has continually represented and brought resources back to Texas and the 18th Congressional District for 15 years including: she has brought $6 billion in stimulus money and 269,000 jobs to Houston and Texas as a part of the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act; she has brought $1.7 billion for improvement of school and schools and colleges; she has brought $374.5 million for transit improvements; she has brought $120.4 million for public housing projects; she has brought $147.2 million to enhance public safety within our communities; she has brought 1 million dollars to Riverside General Hospital for its TRICARE Participant designation to treat military personnel for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorders; $15 million to the Houston Ship Channel; $300,000 to the Texas Southern University’s Mickey Leland Center for archival preservation; $1 million for Harris County Flood Control District; $500,000 for a minority cancer control program at the University of Texas; $200,000 for both the City of Houston and FEMA Pre-Disaster Mitigation along with funding for many other worthwhile projects. 

Jackson Lee, a lifelong Democrat, has a committed and demonstrated track record of service to her district, community and nation.  Republican John Faulk has no record within the district and as a result is attempting to use smear tactics instead of focusing on the issues that affect the constituents of the district.  What is Faulk planning to do for the constituents in addressing the issues of the 18th Congressional District is the real question?

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President Obama Endorses Congresswoman Jackson Lee
February 27, 2010


 Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee is running for her 9th term to represent the 18th Congressional District  in the United States Congress.


She is facing Houston City Councilman Jarvis Johnson and Houston attorney Sean Roberts.


Johnson has said  that one of the reasons he is challenging Jackson Lee  is because she campaigned for  Hillary Clinton in the presidential primary, even though her district overwhelming supported Barack Obama.


That hasn’t seemed to hurt Congresswoman Jackson Lee’s relationship with the President.  Today her campaign released the statement below. 


President Barack Obama has endorsed Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee of the 18th Congressional District for her re-election.


“Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee is a tireless champion for Houston’s working families,” said President Obama.  “That’s why we need her back in Congress to help my efforts to bring real jobs back to Houston and the nation.  I need you to cast your vote for Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee.


“I am grateful and humbled to receive this endorsement from President Obama,” said Jackson Lee.  “When he asked me to campaign for him, I found it so rewarding to see the outpouring of support for the change he represented and now he is the change agent that America and Houston needs today.  I am proud to be working with President Barack Obama as we work to change lives for the better.


“Now that he is in office, it is exciting to work with President Obama on the many important issues facing our country,” the Congresswoman continued.  “Now more than ever, I am grateful for the President’s trust and confidence in me.”


President Obama joins a long list of individuals and organizations endorsing Congresswoman Jackson Lee for re-election.  A complete list is attached.