Runoff Race of the Week – David Covey vs Dade Phelan

March 20, 2024

Since there are 10 Fridays until the May 28th runoff, TXGR has decided to do a “Runoff Race of the Week,” where we come to you with one candidate each week that YOU need to know about. 

This week, we are starting off strong with arguably one of the most watched races of this cycle, which is taking place in Texas House District 21. This district is where RINO (Republican In Name Only) Speaker Dade Phelan, and Texas Gun Rights PAC-endorsed candidate, David Covey, are squaring off to see who will advance to the November general election.

Phelan fell points below Covey, who got 46% of the vote in the primary election. This is remarkable, considering Phelan has held this position since 2015 – and this is the first time in modern history an incumbent Speaker was forced into a runoff.

This goes to show that Texans are tired of lawmakers who run on a pro-gun platform and then work with gun-grabbers to take away their rights. 

Sadly, the establishment gun lobby loves giving credit to Phelan for pro-gun bills that have passed through the legislature, like Constitutional Carry during his time as speaker (bills that he did NOT lift a finger to help pass). But when it comes to anti-gun bills that have moved under his “leadership,” they have conveniently turned a blind eye to it.

One of the anti-gun bills allowed to advance through Phelan’s House of Representatives since the passage of Constitutional Carry in 2021 is a bill that codifies parts of the Biden-Cornyn Bipartisan Safer Communities Act (BSCA). This bill would dump millions of Texans’ records into the flawed NICS Gun Ban Registry (SB 728).

This wasn’t too surprising since the committee responsible for gun bills during the 88th legislative session included 4 representatives who were endorsed by the gun control lobby.

He also appointed two weak-kneed Republicans to serve on the aforementioned committee (Justin Holland and Sam Harless), who then walked out on a pro-gun bill that would’ve banned “red flag” gun confiscation laws in Texas.

By walking the vote, committee Democrats had the votes to KILL the bill.

Worse, these same “Republicans” appointed by Phelan helped advance a bill for the gun control lobby that would ban guns for 18-20-year-olds!

So I’m sure it is no surprise to you that the committee never had the votes to pass TXGR priority legislation like the Second Amendment Preservation Act, authored by Rep. Tony Tinderholt.

So when Phelan became the head honcho orchestrating the impeachment of America’s most pro-gun attorney general, Ken Paxton, we couldn’t say we were shocked.

To put the icing on the cake, Phelan’s House advanced the Texas GAG Act, which would prohibit groups like Texas Gun Rights from informing you about a politician’s voting record – unless we publicly disclosed a list of our donors and members.

How absurd!

Thankfully, Phelan’s challenger has vowed to defend the Second Amendment with no compromise by returning his Texas Gun Rights candidate survey 100% pro-gun. 

Here’s what Covey said about your rights: “All forms of gun control are a violation of the 2nd Amendment and our God-given rights. I will always defend your gun rights from attack and will fight to eliminate “gun-free zones” in Texas. There is no place more dangerous to be than a gun-free zone.” 

We don’t think his stance on gun rights could get any more clear than that!

TXGR will be busy exposing the truth about Phelan’s record on gun rights in the upcoming runoff election. But no matter if you live in HD 21 or not, call Dade Phelan at (409) 745-2777 and urge him to reverse course and start standing up for the Second Amendment!

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