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.