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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tom Pauken Endorses Eric Opiela for Ag Commissioner


2/20/2014 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Hampton Williams (512) 590-2289 Tom Pauken Endorses Eric Opiela for Ag Commissioner Former Gubernatorial Candidate, State GOP Chairman: Opiela a true conservative leader who has a proven record of protecting Texas landowners and fighting the federal government. Karnes City - Former State GOP Chairman and gubernatorial candidate Tom Pauken endorsed Eric Opiela for Texas Agriculture Commissioner. Pauken, who also served as the chairman of the Texas Workforce Commission, said Opiela understands the leadership that Texas needs to keep agriculture and our economy strong. I have known and worked with Eric Opiela to advance our shared Conservative principles for years, Tom Pauken said. Eric Opiela is a true conservative leader who has a proven record of protecting Texas landowners and fighting the federal government. Thats why Im supporting Eric to serve as our next Texas Agriculture Commissioner. Eric has fought tirelessly against the encroachment of federal regulations that target Texas landowners and attempt to strip our citizens of their rights, said Pauken. This experience is key for this office as he works to make sure Texas has adequate water for agriculture, the energy sector, and our growing urban population. Texans can trust Eric Opiela to provide strong conservative leadership in the Texas Department of Agriculture. Tom Pauken joins a long list of endorsers, including the Texas Alliance for Life, Agriculture leaders, Tea Parties, and hundreds of Republican activists across the state. Opiela has an AQ rating from the NRA, the highest possible for a non-incumbent. Eric Opiela is a fifth generation rancher and operates a 2,300 acre ranch outside of Karnes City, Texas. As a property rights advocate, Opiela has fought overreaching federal government agencies and currently serves as Chairman of the South Texans Property Rights Associations Eminent Domain Committee. Opiela also served as President of the Karnes City Independent School District Foundation. Eric and his wife, Lara, split time between Karnes City and Austin with their two children. ###



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