June 8, 2015
After much speculation about whether there would be a grudge match in the North Texas district, Ratliff says this morning that it is on
Editor’s note: As of 1:31pm, this story has been updated to include Rep. Matt Rinaldi’s response – SB
What will certainly be one of the most closely-watched Texas House Republican primaries is getting underway now as former Rep. Bennett Ratliff, R-Coppell, said Monday that Rep. Matt Rinaldi, R-Irving, had a “catastrophic” freshman legislative session. That’s why Ratliff will seek to unseat one of the Tea Party’s darlings in Austin in 2016, the former lawmaker announced.
Ratliff said that when the two candidates are compared, they’ll be judged in an apples-to-apples kind of way as far as their experience.
“Rinaldi and I are were both in our freshman sessions,” Ratliff said. “We came in with a level playing field and we came back with very different results.”
“In my freshman session, I had 18 priorities and 13 of them became law,” Ratliff said. “Rinaldi filed 11 pieces of legislation and none of them even came to the House floor.”