The Four Horsemen of the Texas Panhandle legislative delegation are keeping their political powder dry.
According to the Texas Tribune, none of the four has endorsed any of the seven remaining candidates for president of the United States.
Silly me. I said “seven,” even though only the five Republicans still standing are what matters, given this region’s heavy GOP bent.
State Sen. Kel Seliger of Amarillo is neutral, as are state Reps. Four Price and John Smithee of Amarillo, and state Rep. Ken King of Canadian.
It’s an interesting twist to see so many legislators lining up for candidates in both party primaries.
I’ve been of two minds on whether elected officials should make endorsements in party primaries. If they remain neutral, then they can say they “support” the winner without having to demonstrate it. There won’t be any hell to pay if they back the “wrong” candidate. Their vote, of course, remains a secret and if they don’t want to disclose who gets their vote, they aren’t obligated to tattle on themselves.
Then again, why not lead? Why not show us your allegiance to give us a clue as to how you believe the country should be run, in what direction it should travel?
I, of course, fully endorse the secret balloting that’s one of the hallmarks of our representative democracy.
If they don’t want to tell us who they support, that’s their business.