BREAKING: John Lujan canvassing campaign with insider knowledge of second-round date, not yet public
AUSTIN, Texas – This week, images have emerged that appear to show RNC’s director of Hispanic engagement in San Antonio Natalia Godoy campaigning on behalf of District 118 Republican candidate John Lujan with inside knowledge of the date of the run-off – which Governor Abbott has yet to publicly announce, and which has not been shared with Democratic candidate Frank Ramirez or HD 118 voters. The flyer distributed in the images appears to be authorized by Lujan’s official campaign.
The footage appears to show RNC’s director of Hispanic engagement in San Antonio, Natalia Godoy, campaigning for Lujan, knowing the election date is not yet publicly available.
Why does the campaign of Republican candidate HD 118 and the RNC seem to know when the second round of the elections will take place when this information is not yet public, and that it has not been shared with the Democratic campaign or the voters in this constituency? Do Republicans get inside information from the governor, using his power to influence elections? If so, it is outright electoral interference. Texas Democrats are demanding answers from Abbott now.
Texas Democratic Party Chairman Gilberto Hinojosa made the following statement:
“The date of the second round for the election of District 118 has not been announced. It was not shared with Democratic candidate Frank Ramirez and it was not shared with voters. So why is a supporter of John Lujan – which is a local affiliate of RNC – handing out leaflets paid for by Lujan’s campaign telling San Antonians the date of the election?
“If Lujan’s campaign is getting a head start in this election because it is gaining insider knowledge, it is outright electoral meddling. Greg Abbott sets the date for this second round. If our governor is meddling in this election and trying to influence the outcome of our democratic process, every Texan should know about it. I urge every reporter to ask Abbott if he leaked election information to Lujan’s campaign, as it smacks of corruption and foul play. San Antonio voters deserve answers.
Democratic candidate for District 118, Frank Ramirez, made the following statement:
“The San Antonians deserve to be able to choose their representatives at the ballot box, in a free, fair and square election. If a candidate gets inside information to tip the scales in favor of their campaign, it is not a level playing field – it is deliberately undermining our democracy. Lujan must respond immediately to San Antonians on why his campaign appears to be conspiring with the governor to deny HD 118 voters their right to have a say in who represents our community.
“In San Antonio, we value fair play. We value our democracy. We appreciate having a say in our future so that we can decide what is best for our communities. Meddling in an election – or seeking an unfair advantage in cheating to win – is a blatant contradiction to the values San Antonians hold dear. And right now, in this critical election to decide who will represent this district at Texas House, San Antonians deserve to know exactly who their candidates are and what they stand for.