[Readers can find the story in the Daily Buzz section of the Quorum Report.]
From the QR story:
HE 19 candidate James White this evening described as “a desperate lie” the disclosure by the Tuffy Hamilton campaign of student and parental complaints against White of inappropriate and sexual references made while teaching at the Livingston ISD in 2006 and 2007. “I stand by my actions,” White said.
“No other issues raised by Tuffy Hamilton’s smear campaign, which involve comments taken out of context, resulted in any actions taken against me. The so-called profanity cited involved using the words ‘hell’ and ‘damn,’ which are common vernacular in church on Sunday, even if considered profane by some.”
In his response, distributed this evening, White said he did not resign his position because of any reprimands, but because he had been offered a position with a school district nearer to where he lived. He said that his usage was no rougher than words like “hell” or “damn” and that his language came in the context of a Texas sodomy case that was heard by the U.S. Supreme Court.
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This development obviously changes the dynamics of the HD 19 race, in which Hamilton was believed to be nurturing a narrow lead. There is considerably more detail in the Quorum Report’s story. White will likely face more questions in the days ahead, as could Texans for Lawsuit Reform, White’s principal backers – starting with whether TLR knew of the accusations against White.
I’m not going to engage in any further speculation but will keep an eye on the situation as it develops.