• September 26, 2016

Blankenship levels accusations of political intrigue at opponent

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Posted: Thursday, September 22, 2016 10:16 pm

Sandra Blankenship, the Democratic candidate for the Texas State House of Representatives District 54 seat, accused her opponent, former Killeen Mayor Scott Cosper, of using biased survey calls to constituents in order to smear her and her family’s reputation in a campaign release Thursday.

Blankenship is running against Cosper, the Republican candidate, for the state seat in the Nov. 8 general election. Blankenship defeated Lan Carter in the Democratic primary March 1.

In the release, Blankenship said she was contacted by a District 54 constituent who had received a “polling call” in which the questions referenced “numerous misleading and personal misstatements about myself, my policies, my campaign and even my husband’s career.”

According to Blankenship, the pollster even told the constituent the poll was “a little bit biased.”

When reached Thursday, Cosper said he did not know who was responsible for the survey.

Blankenship said that she had not yet leveled any personal attacks at any point in her campaign and asserted Cosper had crossed a line in attacking her family.

“Our spouses should not be any part of this campaign,” she wrote. “Those misstatements are more of a reflection on you than they are of me.”

Blankenship went on to accuse Cosper of “hiding” during the campaign, not accepting her invitation for a debate and hobnobbing with Austin legislators.

“You won’t comment on anything in the media, and your website says absolutely nothing about your policies,” she wrote. “But you show up at receptions in Austin like you’re already elected. Not in District 54. AUSTIN. You’re already trying to become an insider before the election even happens.”

In response to accusations that he was hiding during the campaign, Cosper said, “I’ve done everything but hide.”

He said he’s been attending numerous events in the area, including a Killeen-Temple Metropolitan Planning Organization meeting on Wednesday night.

Blankenship also referenced the ongoing budget crisis in Killeen and demanded Cosper answer questions about his involvement in the financial spiral.

“(Constituents) deserve to hear why you refuse to comment on the budget deficit in Killeen you were instrumental in creaing,” she wrote.

While the campaign rhetoric appears to be heating up, Cosper said Thursday he would not overreact to any accusations made in Blankenship’s release.

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  • eyewatchingu posted at 11:24 am on Sat, Sep 24, 2016.

    eyewatchingu Posts: 36

    My Opinion is this, I as a woman own my body. No one else has the right to tell me what to do with unless you have paper of ownership on my body you have no right to tell me what I can do with it. The days of owning woman have long passed. As for the POT issue, if it has turned Colorado around and has done a world of good to save many children a adults a life time pain I am for it, I personal believe that if Killeen texas would start passing out tickets for possession under 20 gms at 300.00 dollars a pop, we could bank a little money to pull Killeen from its short fall, if we not only do this we could also save money on transport, paper work and take a load off some of our judicial courts, it will also give our officers the time they need to spend getting the meth and heroin off the streets. If you do not understand or see the signs, Killeen is heading for a Heroin epidemic and we will need to get our ducks in a row for that one, if you think meth has a hold on our youth just wait till you see the effect of a town with a heroin problem. We really need to start looking at our options and looking at what and where we can head it off. As for common core learning, I think all learning should be free, free so that all can learn and we the people of the world will have more thinkers to bring us forwarder into the future. We can not hold off evolution of the mind, we also can not hold back the younger generation, they have the right to change the world now and make it there future. We are just here to guide them and help them now. If we leave them in debit, no jobs and poor education then we are just setting up our children, their children and future generations with worst problems then we have.

  • don76550 posted at 9:50 am on Sat, Sep 24, 2016.

    don76550 Posts: 253

    Cosper is far better than the liberal disaster she is running against.

  • don76550 posted at 9:49 am on Sat, Sep 24, 2016.

    don76550 Posts: 253

    Blankenship is a liberal extremist who wants to ban some guns, repeal pro gun laws passed in the last legislature, supports any and all abortions on demand, supports the educational disaster called common core, and wants to legalize marijuana to finance schools. This woman is dangerous and must be defeated.

  • eyewatchingu posted at 8:24 am on Fri, Sep 23, 2016.

    eyewatchingu Posts: 36

    I think its time we the citizens of Killeen should start reporting to the FBI so we can get a full non bias FBI forensic audit. Here is the website link, I encourage any and all that have concerns about our city council and those before them to contact the FBI and demand them to come and investigate. If they have nothing to hide they will open their books and let the FBI do a full Audit and get to the bottom. We the people of the Unite States of America have the right to ask and demand for this, with out fear of being, harmed or shamed, we the people of Killeen have the right to demand this so we can have the answers we deserve, and that the people that have in my opinion stolen from the People of Killeen.


    If you read there page they will investigate this, I am copying and pasting the line I am referring to.
    Please contact your local FBI office or submit a tip electronically if you have information about
    Corrupt activities in state, local, or federal governments or in law enforcement

    here is the complete list of what you can report as well.

    Possible acts of terrorism, including violence, funding, or recruitment;
    Persons sympathetic to terrorists or terrorist organizations;
    Suspicious activities that you believe threaten national security, especially suspicious activities that involve foreign powers or foreign organizations;
    Computer crimes or intrusions into computer networks, particularly those associated with national security;
    Corrupt activities in state, local, or federal governments or in law enforcement;
    Racial or hate crimes, human trafficking (involuntary servitude or slavery), or other civil rights crimes;
    Organized crime activities;
    Financial crimes that involve fraud, especially corporate fraud, mortgage fraud, or other investment fraud schemes where significant dollar losses have occurred, including those impacting you or your place of work;
    Fraud in the health care industry;
    Persons who have committed or are planning to commit bank robbery, kidnapping, extortion, or thefts of valuable art, large interstate shipments of goods, or monetary instruments; and activities of violent gangs.

  • Citizen360 posted at 12:11 am on Fri, Sep 23, 2016.

    Citizen360 Posts: 64

    Typical Cosper. This man campaigned during the primary and runoff that he left his position as Mayor of Killeen with the City in top financial shape. WRONG! That was soon removed from his list of accomplishments on his social media page and Facebook. He then rants on and on about how he was the key person behind the Interstate designation for Central Texas Expressway. However just after Congressman Carter recently went on the record to state that that designation was put on hold, he quickly removed that as well. Last he lists himself as a homebuilder and businessman yet there's little to back that up either. His father is indeed a hardworking developer. But Scott appears to be the spoiled kid that rode in on Daddy's coattails. And let's not bring up the smoke and mirrors regarding his DUI and late night calls to the City's police chief. I'm sorry Mr. Cosper but you have shown nothing of merit or integrity to me and I hope that resonates come November.