State Representative Jon Rosenthal visits with us today. He will discuss the state of our democracy and how election deniers are disrupting our democracy. This is not a Texas issue. It is a national issue that is fundamentally a clear and present danger.
State Rep. Jon Rosenthal
Representative Jon Rosenthal has been in Texas since 1979. He graduated from The University of Texas at Austin in 1991, where Jon earned his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. He has since worked for over 25 years as a Project Manager, Engineering Manager, and Subsea Systems Engineer in and around the oil & gas industry. Representative Rosenthal has been a strong fighter, advocate, and champion for better public schools and healthcare and ensuring comprehensive criminal justice reform across the State of Texas. Jon was honored to receive the Freshman of the Year award from the non-partisan Legislative Study Group, the second largest caucus in the Texas State House dedicated to developing mainstream solutions and advancing sound public policy benefitting all Texans.
Jon was reelected to the Texas Legislature by more than 6,000 votes. Yet, his MAGA election-denying opponent is now challenging the election. The Texas Tribune reported the following.
A losing Republican candidate for the Texas House of Representatives is challenging his defeat and asking the Legislature to void the results of the election.
Republican Mike May this week filed what’s known as an election contest with the Texas secretary of state’s office, citing reports of scattered paper ballot shortages at “numerous” polling places on Election Day. May lost to incumbent Democrat Jon Rosenthal by more than 6,000 votes in his bid to represent House District 135 in the Houston area.
The secretary of state’s office on Tuesday delivered May’s petition to House Speaker Dade Phelan, who can refer the contest to a committee for investigation and appoint another member of the House as a “master” to oversee discovery and evidence related to the contested election. If they side with May and void the results, another election would be required to decide the district’s representative. The House can also toss the contest by declaring it “frivolous.”
MAGA election-denying Republicans are a danger to our Democracy and the sense of order in our body politic.