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Response: Cloud has continuing support

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To the editor:

Once again, Joe Grady Tuck has spewed his vitriol in the opinion pages of area newspapers, this time attacking my congressman, Michael Cloud.

Tuck says Cloud is his congressman. That’s odd since according to voter registration records, he’s been registered to vote in Congressman McCaul’s district (CD-10) since 2005.

Michael Cloud is, however, my congressman. I’ve been very pleased with his solid conservative voting record, standing up for our Constitution, for Texas, its taxpayers, and its economy. He has my continuing support, both financial and at the polls.

Tuck opines “I believe you are guilty of sedition” because Cloud objected to the certification of electors.  Did Tuck object publicly and with equal vitriol when Democrats objected to the certification George W. Bush electors in 2001?  Did he cry sedition when Democrats objected to Ohio electors in 2005? In that case, Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) thanked Dems for doing so, stating “it gives members an opportunity once again on a bipartisan basis to look at a challenge that we face not just in the last election in one state, but in many states.” Did Tuck accuse Democrats of sedition when they objected to certifying GOP electors in 2017?  Did he call for any of those Democrats to be expelled from Congress as he has Congressman Cloud?

Tuck ends his diatribe by threatening “you will not receive corporate donations or any support from me.”  Idle threat. Federal candidates are barred from accepting “corporate donations.”  And, according to, Tuck has not contributed to Cloud or any other congressman in Texas for that matter.  That site shows just one contribution in his name: to the Travis County Republican Party for $250 in 2018.  Texas Ethics Commission reports show just five contributions over the last ten years of $100 or more, totaling $1,200, to candidates or state PACs.

Tuck claims in this letter and past letters to be a rock-solid Republican.  I’m reminded of the old adage “with friends like these, who needs enemies.”  With Republicans like Tuck, who needs Democrats?   



Carol A. Spencer

Republican Precinct Chair, Bastrop County 1003