The Texas Oil & Gas Assoc. Good Government Committee PAC endorsed former Rep. Wayne Christian (R-Center) in the Republican runoff for Railroad Commissioner. Christian faces Richmond real estate investor Gary Gates.
The group made no endorsement for the primary. As far as we can tell, the group made no endorsement in 2014, when Ryan Sitton defeated Christian in the Republican primary runoff. Sitton received support from individual industry players, and this support helped him overcome Christian’s movement conservative group support. We’ve previously noted that Christian likely needs industry support plus his conservative credentials to counter Gates’ personal wealth, particularly in the state’s largest counties.
TXOGA PAC also endorsed Rep. Bryan Hughes (R-Mineola) in his runoff race for SD1 and Ernest Bailes and Justin Holland for open-seat races HD18 and HD33, respectively. The group reiterated its endorsement of Rep. Doug Miller (R-New Braunfels) and Rep. Wayne Smith (R-Baytown) in their runoffs.