View Full Version : Campaign Evaluation: Tom Pauken (Texas Governor) - campaign ended

11-21-2013, 10:19 PM
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Candidate Name: Tom Pauken
Office Sought: Governor of Texas
Website: http://www.tompaukenfortexas.com/
Social Media: https://www.facebook.com/TomPaukenForTexas

Candidate Profile: On the Issues
Civil Liberties: [Rating TBD]
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Foreign Policy: [Rating TBD]
Social Issues: [Rating TBD]
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Race Profile: Competition & Demographics
State: Texas
District: N/A
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Relevant poll numbers: None.
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11-25-2013, 06:21 PM
Here is Pauken's personal website: http://tompauken.com/

Pauken is a paleoconservative. He authored the book Bringing America Home, which criticizes Bush for betraying conservatives with his foreign and domestic policies.

Here is a review: http://www.thenewamerican.com/reviews/books/item/6423-bringing-america-home

His qualifications excerpted from my overview of the race: http://www.redstate.com/freedomrepublican/2013/11/10/tom-pauken-for-governor-of-texas/

Tom Pauken first got into politics as a foot soldier in Barry Goldwater’s presidential campaign. Then he became a real soldier during the Vietnam War, after which he continued his education and got his Juris Doctor. In 1980, Pauken was part of Ronald Reagan’s transition team. The next year, Reagan nominated him to head the ACTION agency, where he reduced the number of employees by half and cut the budget by 40 million by eliminating funding to liberal organizations. In 1985 Pauken returned to the private sector.

In 1994, Pauken returned to politics when he was elected Chairman of the Texas Republican Party. He served in this capacity until 1997. It was during this time he battled the Bush establishment and identified it as hostile to the Reagan tradition, which obviously proved true. From 2008-2012, Pauken served as chairman of the Texas Workforce Commission.

Pauken stood with Ron and against Bush: http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2011/12/paul-and-gingrich-bad-blood-dates-back-two-decades/

“I was pressured to support Laughlin,” said Tom Pauken, who was Texas’ Republican state chairman at the time.
Although Pauken held steadfast for Paul, the rest of the GOP establishment from then Gov. George W. Bush on down filed into the district with money and made personal appeals for the congressman. Laughlin reportedly said at the time that the endorsements were meant to show he had the GOP stamp of approval.
The race got nasty when an Austin marketing company, on behalf of the Republican National Committee, called people and asked respondents who favored Paul whether they would still support him knowing that he was in favor of legalizing drugs, pornography and prostitution, according to the New York Times. The paper noted that the claims weren’t true.
Pauken contends that Gingrich’s support of Laughlin was all about power and that Gingrich wasn’t interested in building a truly conservative base. Pauken added that Gingrich’s strategy backfired when voters felt a candidate was being imposed on the district by outsiders.
“People resented Gingrich, that probably played a major factor,” Pauken said.

Texas Gubernatorial Candidate Tom Pauken Proposes Statewide Ban on Red Light Cameras: http://www.gilmermirror.com/view/full_story/24113377/article-----Texas-Gubernatorial-Candidate-Tom-Pauken-Proposes-Statewide-Ban-on-Red-Light-Cameras?instance=lead_story_left_column

Pauken vs. Crony capitalism:

12-06-2013, 05:43 AM

Pauken has withdrawn from the Governor's race. Maybe a good time to lock this thread?