Bee Cave concrete businessman Jon Cobb endorsed his former rival, Rep. Susan King, for the SD24 primary runoff.

Rep. Susan King

Rep. Susan King

Jon Cobb

Jon Cobb

Cobb finished third with 20% of the vote, a little more than 5K votes behind Lake Travis ophthalmologist Dawn Buckingham, who received 25% of the vote. King finished first with 27% of the vote. Cobb finished first in Coryell, Llano and San Saba Cos. and was a close second in Bell Co. King finished third or fourth in all four of those counties.

Cobb accused Buckingham of being a “political fraud” because she has campaigned as a conservative but “for years financially backed the most liberal, pro-abortion, pro-amnesty, pro-Obamacare democrats [sic] in our state.”

Cobb used a similar line of attack against Buckingham during the primary. Our research indicated that Democratic candidates received approximately 8% of the money Buckingham personally contributed between 2008 and 2014, mostly to the Travis Co. delegation, which is largely Democratic.


Dawn Buckingham’s Personal Political Contributions, 2008-14:

$5,000 – Texas Medical Assoc. TEXPAC
$2,500 – AG Ken Paxton
$2,000 – EYE PAC
$500 – Rep. Sarah Davis
$500 – COMP Glenn Hegar
$500 – Red State Women PAC
$500 – Sen. Charles Schwertner
$500 – Rep. J.D. Sheffield
$500 – Speaker Joe Straus
$500 – Rep. Paul Workman
$250 – Sen. Jane Nelson
$250 – Rep. Stuart Spitzer

$600 – Gov. Greg Abbott
$500 – Travis Co. Republican Party
$500 – Rep. Paul Workman
$250 – Judge David Puryear

$500 – Judge David Puryear
$500 – former Rep. Bennett Ratliff
$500 – Sen. Charles Schwertner
$300 – EYE PAC
$250 – Rep. Donna Howard
$100 – former COMP Susan Combs
$100 – Rep. Paul Workman

$2,000 – Texas Medical Assoc. TEXPAC
$300 – EYE PAC
$55 – Rep. Paul Workman

$500 – EYE PAC
$500 – Sen. Kirk Watson
$100 – Rep. Donna Howard

$425 – Texas Medical Assoc. TEXPAC
$300 – former Rep. Patrick Rose
$200 – EYE PAC

$250 – former Rep. Patrick Rose
$100 – former Rep. Mark Shelton

Buckingham also donated $125 to Kirk Watson in 2006 and $250 to Rep. Dawnna Dukes in 2007. Donations made by her husband Ed are not included unless her name is specifically listed in the ethics report.

Note: Current titles of elected officials are shown.

Cobb’s endorsement follows a pair of weekend endorsements from retiring Rep. Jimmie Don Aycock (R-Killeen) and Lampasas Co. Republican Party Chair Skipper Wallace.

Discloure: Jeff Blaylock, publisher of Texas Election Source, is an active patient of Dr. Don Buckingham.