The Back MicThe Back Mic: Trump to Hold October Rally, Phelan Donates to Some GOP House Members, Latest Campaign Ads Listed

This week — Donald Trump will host a rally in Robstown, GOP candidates receiving Speaker Phelan’s help are listed, and the latest statewide candidate television ads are up.
October 21, 2022

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Trump Holding Robstown Rally on Saturday

Former President Donald Trump will hold his second rally in Texas this year on Saturday, October 22. It will begin at 2:00 p.m. and run until 8:00 p.m. at the Richard M. Borchard Regional Fairgrounds in Robstown.

January’s rally in Conroe brought out the full gamut of Texas Republican speakers ahead of the primary. This time, the list of speakers opening for the former president is smaller. Those officials are:

  • Lt. Governor Dan Patrick
  • Attorney General Ken Paxton
  • U.S. Representative Michael Cloud (R-TX-27)
  • Tom Homan, former acting director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
  • Brandon Judd, president of the National Border Patrol Council

The Trump camp’s press release says the former president will discuss “his unprecedented effort to advance the MAGA agenda by energizing voters and highlighting the slate of 33-0 Trump Endorsed America First candidates in the Great State of Texas.”

Gov. Greg Abbott said Tuesday that he will not be in attendance due to a previously scheduled fundraising trip to Florida.

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Candidate Donations from Speaker Phelan

House Speaker Dade Phelan (R-Beaumont) has spent over $1 million in Texas House races since July 1, data from the Texas Ethics Commission shows.

During the GOP primary, Phelan divvied out more than $2 million to 25 different Republicans, not including his runoff contributions. So far, this election’s expenditure is substantially less and shared among fewer individuals.

Seventeen Republicans have received in-kind contributions from the speaker; only 10 were allotted more than $25,000. The single largest contribution was a $100,000 television ad buy for John Lujan, the incumbent running in House District (HD) 118 in San Antonio — one of the two most competitive seats this cycle. Lujan is the largest beneficiary of Phelan’s financial contributions during this period.

The Republican in the other most competitive race — Jamee Jolly in Collin County’s HD 70 — was given the second-most amount of money from Phelan. The largest expenditure on her behalf was $31,000 for digital advertising.

The third-highest beneficiary is Janie Lopez, who is running in the Rio Grande Valley’s HD 37, totaling $129,820.

“Speaker Phelan is focused on supporting Republican incumbents and open seat candidates in competitive battleground races to grow the Republican majority in the Texas House,” the speaker’s campaign said in a statement to The Texan. “Speaker Phelan has devoted countless hours and resources to help candidates in priority races across the state. His efforts are contributing to the swelling momentum for the GOP and inroads being made in South Texas.” 

“Our team is carrying out one of the most aggressive and robust campaign strategies ever developed by a Texas House speaker for the 2022 midterm elections. Speaker Phelan invested more than $3 million in the primaries, and our team is positioned to continue deploying additional support for Republican candidates to secure more victories at the state House level for the general election.”

Below are the totals for each individual candidate along with their district’s Texas Partisan Index rating — which gauges the partisan leaning of each district. Asterisks denote an incumbent.

RecipientAmountDistrictTPI Rating
John Lujan$244,233118EVEN
Jamee Jolly$154,13070EVEN
Janie Lopez$129,82037D-53%
Ben Bumgarner$97,23563R-57%
Angie Chen Button*$89,284112R-57%
Frederick Frazier$49,20061R-58%
Steve Allison*$48,750121R-56%
Mano DeAyala$45,009133R-57%
Morgan Meyer*$37,500108R-59%
Caroline Harris$25,50052R-55%
Kronda Thimesch$17,85065R-58%
Lacey Hull*$15,000138R-56%
Matt Shaheen*$12,75066R-59%
Jacey Jetton*$12,75026R-60%
Brad Buckley*$12,75054R-55%
Jeff Leach*$12,40067R-58%
Stan Gerdes$5,00017R-64%

Latest Campaign Ads

Below are the latest television ads being aired by candidates for Texas’ highest offices

Greg Abbott

Beto O’Rourke

Dan Patrick

Mike Collier

Ken Paxton

Rochelle Garza



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Brad Johnson

Brad Johnson is a senior reporter for The Texan and an Ohio native who graduated from the University of Cincinnati in 2017. He is an avid sports fan who most enjoys watching his favorite teams continue their title drought throughout his cognizant lifetime. In his free time, you may find Brad quoting Monty Python productions and trying to calculate the airspeed velocity of an unladen swallow.