THSC PAC recently sent a letter to several thousand Republican voters in Milam County regarding the race for the 20th District Court and our endorsement of Hollis C. Lewis for that judicial seat. Local supporters are running newspaper ads in support of Hollis C. Lewis as well.
In the letter, signed by me as a former Republican National Committeeman for Texas, I laid out the reasons that THSC PAC chose to endorse the Democrat in this race. Additionally, we sent a letter to the home school families on our mailing list in Milam County, informing them of our endorsement of Hollis C. Lewis.
Following the mailing, we received a number of phone calls, ranging from a woman who told us she was offended because she felt we were using one instance to oppose Judge Youngblood and that she had heard the woman we were defending was crazy to people thanking us for sending out information that helps them understand the differences between the two candidates. Of course, if Heather Moody was “crazy” or unfit, that would have been the legal grounds that her husband and his parents used to take her children, but they did not use those arguments because she is not crazy or unfit.
One caller asked questions about THSC, our funding sources, and home schooling in general, and then she asked me why the judge removed the children from this mother. I told her that the judge stated in his ruling that the father “was more stable,” even though he traveled two to three weeks each month. She asked if Heather was unfit, and I informed her that no such allegations were made. In fact, virtually all the testimony given in the court over three days of hearings was related to the fact that Heather Moody home schooled her children.
I also explained that a reporter, who had been in the courtroom, agreed with most of the observers in the courtroom supporting Heather, that all of the testimony given would lead one to believe that the judge took her children from her care because she home schooled.
She then told me that it seemed strange to her that the candidate we are endorsing is also the local attorney representing Heather. I think it is strange that the attorney representing the paternal grandparents is from the former law firm of the judge, especially since the judge denied their legal attempt to become joint managing conservators, while at the same time ruling they would have the children when the father was out of town. While there is a distinction, from a practical standpoint, it is a distinction without a difference.
While I cannot speak to Judge Youngblood’s motives, his lack of judicial demeanor in the courtroom (referring to observers supporting Heather as “a mob”) and his lack of fairness and impartiality in this case lead me to conclude that he should not be on the bench.
I hope you will join us in supporting Hollis C. Lewis for the 20th District Court in Milam County. Should you wish to talk to Hollis or get more information, you can reach his campaign at (254) 697-3132. I strongly encourage volunteers to help him in the last days of this campaign. This will be a very close race.