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TEC rejects Mark Shelton’s complaint against Wendy Davis
The Lone Star Project says:
"Mark Shelton should publicly acknowledge his dishonest actions and issue a formal apology to Senator Wendy Davis and to the voters in Senate District 10."
In a letter written to Mark Shelton and delivered today to State Senator Wendy Davis, the Texas Ethics Commission stated that it will not open an investigation into a complaint filed by Shelton. In its letter, the TEC said:
"If the complaint is based on information and belief, the complaint must state the source and basis of the information and belief. The affidavit you provided does not state the source and basis of the information and belief."
Essentially, the TEC has determined that Mark Shelton has failed to provide a shred of evidence to support his claim against Senator Davis. The TEC ruling comes shortly after both WFAA Channel 8 and the Fort Worth Star-Telegram looked into Shelton’s complaints and judged them to be untrue.
The Shelton Campaign’s attack on Davis did not pass the smell test from the beginning. Shelton didn’t file his complaint until the closing weeks of the campaign, even though it is focused on legislation considered in 2011. Moreover, Shelton’s campaign consultants clumsily leaked their own TV ad scripts exposing the complaint as nothing more than a campaign prop to attack Senator Davis.
The TEC decision turns the tables on Mark Shelton. Rather than benefit from his bogus ethics attack on Wendy Davis, Shelton's own lack of integrity has been exposed. Shelton has pursued a personal attack on Wendy Davis knowing it to be false. He filed a false and frivolous complaint to the Texas Ethics Commission in a cynical attempt to gain political benefit and hide his own deficiencies as a candidate and failure as a public servant. Mark Shelton should publicly acknowledge his dishonest actions and issue a formal apology to Senator Wendy Davis and to the voters in Senate District 10.