Editorial Board, The Golden Hammer
The Golden Hammer, Montgomery County’s leading daily newspaper, endorses Jonathan Hullihan and Morgan Luttrell for the United States Congress representing the 8th Congressional District of Texas. It’s rare that we endorse two people in the same race, the March 1, 2022, Republican Primary Election. It’s also rare for voters to enjoy two excellent choices running for the same position.
Hullihan and Luttrell are very different people, although they both come from distinguished military backgrounds. As the February 7, 2022, Candidate Forum revealed, they are the two adults with real world experience and wisdom running for Congress. The other major candidate acts as though he’s never held a real job, and that’s because he hasn’t.
Hullihan grew up in East Montgomery County. He graduated from New Caney High School, Texas State University with a bachelor’s degree, and a law degree from Loyola University School of Law. He spent 14 years in the United States Navy’s Judge Advocate General’s Corps. Hullihan now works for a private law firm in The Woodlands doing civil litigation.
Hullihan has extensive experience in the workings of the United States Government. He has the knowledge and experience to be a great Congressman.
Hullihan, frankly, stood head and shoulders above each and every one of his electoral opponents in every candidate forum during the entire campaign. His knowledge of legislative issues, his experience in life, and his ability to articulate conservative principles truly is remarkable.
He’s also a very nice and thoughtful person with a strong desire to provide public service.
Luttrell grew up in Willis from a family that struggled financially, confronted many hardships, and yet endowed the Luttrell twin brothers (Morgan and Marcus) with a strong sense of right versus wrong and of the desire to perform public service. Luttrell and his brother began training to become Navy SEALs at the age of 14. They both accomplished that goal and served honorably and admirably (an understatement, to say the very least).
After Luttrell left the military, he put himself through school, including Sam Houston State University for his undegraduate work, an executive M.B.A. program at Harvard Business School, and an advanced degree in Applied Cognition at Neuroscience at the University of Texas at Dallas. Luttrell worked for former Texas Governor Rick Perry while Perry served as Secretary of Energy in the Trump administration. He now owns two successful businesses in the Magnolia area.
Luttrell’s story is very engaging. He displays a remarkable personality and gives you a strong feeling that he genuinely cares about people. As Luttrell desribes himself, he’s very “country.” In many ways, Luttrell fits the 8th Congressional District perfectly.
Luttrell has the heart to serve as a superb Member of Congress. He supports term limits (3 terms for Congress), is strongly Pro Life, and agrees that it is long past time to take control of federal spending to begin to whittle away at the national deficit.
The reality of this race is that Luttrell has run a remarkable campaign, is the clear frontrunner, and will likely win, possibly without a runoff. Hullihan rises in electoral strength but may be too far behind in fundraising and organizing to throw the race into a runoff. Either of them are great choices. Both of them are fine individuals. Both of them reflect the strength of this community and the wonderful people who come from the 8th Congressional District.
Patrick for Lieutenant Governor
Ugh. Despite his resistance to passage of Constitutional Carry legislation during the 87th Texas Legislature and despite bizarre COVID-19 policies he implemented for people visiting the Texas Capitol, incumbent Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick ran an efficient Texas Senate during the Regular Session and three Special Sessions during 2021. Patrick generally allows conservative legislation to move through the Senate swiftly and efficiently.
Patrick has finally come out strongly against the teaching of “critical race theory” in Texas public schools.
Patrick’s opponents include some good people who have no chance whatsoever of winning against him.
The Golden Hammer (reluctantly) endorses Dan Patrick for re-election as Lieutenant Governor.