Texas Lt. Governor Candidate Linda Chavez-Thompson's Campaign Website Violates Texas Election Code
2010 Texas Lt. Governor Candidates
State Seal's Use Could Yield Ethics Complaint, Investigation
Visible to the naked eye and yet small enough that the average voter would not catch, a single mistake on Linda Chavez-Thompson's website could yield some negative press--and possible Ethics charges--in her race to unseat sitting Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurt (R-Texas).
Strewn across seven pages of Chavez-Thompson's website, the watermark image of the Texas state seal along with her smiling mug could potentially yield violations against the Texas Election Code.
According to the code:
§ 255.006. Misleading Use of Office Title
(d) A person other than an officeholder commits an offense if the person knowingly uses a representation of the state seal in political advertising.
This late in the game, I sincerely doubt the Texas Ethics Commission would be able to complete an Ethics investigation into the matter until after the election, considering the number of complaints filed this election season.
As of press time, a sworn complaint has not been filed against Chavez-Thompson for her website's use of the Texas state seal.