The Golden Hammer endorses Weston Martinez for the Texas Railroad Commission

Texas Railroad Commission candidate Weston Martinez (left) with renowned East Montgomery County conservative and Republican leader Walter West, II (right), December 22, 2017.

Eric Yollick, The Golden Hammer

The Golden Hammer, Montgomery County’s leading daily newspaper, endorses Weston Martinez for the Texas Railroad Commission in the March 6, 2018, Republican Primary Election. The race is a classic reformer versus establishment contest with Martinez as the clear reformer.

Martinez served on the Texas Real Estate Commission after Governor Rick Perry appointed him. Martinez also was a faithful conservative anti-establishment vote on the State Republican Executive Committee. He’s an independent oil and gas producer and has given fits to liberal democrats in San Antonio where Martinez has been vocal on numerous issues over the years. Martinez has worked against voter fraud in south Texas and was consistently a thorn in the side of ultra-liberal San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro before Castro went to work in the B. Hussein Obama administration.

Martinez supported Donald Trump for President long before it became fashionable for Republicans to do so during the 2016 presidential election process. He has always been one of the most vocal supporters of Ted Cruz as a U.S. Senate candidate and U.S. Senator. Martinez has close ties to many conservative grassroots organizations with which he’s worked over the years.

What’s particularly appealing about Martinez in this race for the Railroad Commission is that he’s challenging the chair of the Commission who has close ties to Big Oil as opposed to Martinez who seems to enjoy the support of independent oil and gas producers as well as royalty interest owners. Martinez is not anti-Big Oil, but he’s also not in their pockets.

At the same time, the Texas Railroad Commission has suffered from an opacity problem. The current chair of the Commission seems to run the agency with an iron fist. This past September, as only one of the three Commission members, the chair – against whom Martinez is running – took it upon herself to fire the Executive Director without consulting her fellow Commission members in an appropriate open meeting under the Texas Open Meetings Act. Fellow Railroad Commission member Ryan Sitton has been very vocal in his criticism of his colleague and went so far as to raise the issue formally with Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton.

Martinez clearly stands for transparency in an agency that needs a shift in that direction. Martinez also stands for a less rigid and bureaucratic approach. Perhaps, most importantly, the Pro-Life, Pro-Second Amendment Martinez has shown a commitment to encouraging United States energy independence through strong development of domestic oil and gas production.

It doesn’t hurt that Martinez has consistently been a strong and vocal supporter of the work of President Donald Trump.

Martinez is the clear choice for conservative reform in the Republican Primary Election for the Texas Railroad Commission.

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