Recently I tried to contact our local state representative, Phil King, about a very concerning issue.
I saw a series of ethics complaints filed against Rep. Tom Craddick and his daughter, Railroad Commissioner Christi Craddick, including allegations of King’s involvement in the transfer of $25,000 to her campaign.
That left me with many questions, so I thought it would be best to bring my concerns directly to him.
First, I tried calling his offices in Weatherford and Austin. After I didn’t receive any response, I decided an online attempt would be better. I commented on his Facebook page with my concern, only to find that a few hours later my comment had been deleted, and I was blocked from the page.
In shock, I made another attempt to contact him by phone, this time calling his law office. They took a message and my contact details, promising a response. It has been almost a week now, and I have not heard back from him.
Is this normal behavior for an elected official? I am truly disappointed that when I try to contact my state representative I am ignored and even silenced.
Knowing Phil King has been fined by the Texas Ethics Commission in the past, on June 6 I had the ethics complaint form notarized and sent to the TEC.
If we truly believe in honest government and fiscal responsibility, we shouldn’t tolerate Phil King – a fiscally irresponsible career politician, not a man of “We The People.”
EDITOR’S NOTE: We contacted King’s legislative office last week, and they had not received notice of any complaint filed with the Texas Ethics Commission. Monday morning, King’s chief of staff said in an email they had received notice that a complaint against Rep. King was received by the TEC.
“However, it didn’t meet the standards for a valid complaint so Texas Ethics Commission denied the complaint. At this time, there is no complaint against Rep. King that is under review.”
In 2009, Phil King was found guilty of using campaign funds for personal expenses and fined $1,300 by the Texas Ethics Commission.
But in a resolution unanimously approved Dec. 3, 2013, the commission condemned the use of “misleading campaign communications” regarding its activities.
The resolution states that the use of phrases like “a sworn complaint has been filed” against someone or “the Texas Ethics Commission is investigating a complaint” against someone “are improper attempts to mislead the public.”
It labels such language “an unfair practice” and says “the fact that a complaint has been filed or the Commission is investigating provides no meaningful information to the voting public.”