President Hinojosa applauds Dallas County Democrats for exposing GOP fraud in North Texas

AUSTIN, Texas— Today, Gilberto Hinojosa, Chairman of the Democratic Party of Texas released the following statement applauding the Dallas County Democratic Party for exposing a voter cheating scheme involving a precinct chairman, candidate, and Dallas County Republican Party chairman.

“We are grateful for the leadership of the Dallas County Democratic Party – and President Kristy Noble in particular – for bringing to light Dallas County Republicans’ utter disregard for the rule of law. By submitting this fraudulent claim, Mark and Jennifer Hajdu showed that they believe they are above the law – and, more tellingly, showed that they don’t think they can win Dallas County on those issues alone. Whether they thought their brazen cheating would go unnoticed is a question for the couple – but regardless, we hope justice will be served in this case and the residents of HD-114 will be able to choose from the candidates who put up for ballot in a fair and legal manner.

On Monday, Dallas County Democratic Party Chair Kristy Noble released the following statement:

“Republicans can’t win the election on the issues – abortion and reproductive rights, gun violence prevention, access to affordable health care and quality jobs – so they gerrymander, make Texas the toughest state for vote, and now approve a fake election app. For years, Republicans have cried voter fraud. This is just one example of how this talk is just a projection.

About the case:

Earlier this week, Dallas County Democrats filed with the Dallas County Attorney’s Public Integrity Unit against Dallas County Republicans’ acceptance of Mark Hajdu’s bogus candidacy to run for president. State Rep. HD 114, and his wife Jennifer’s signature on the nomination, in his role as chairman of the Dallas County Republican Party. At the time of filing, Mark Hajdu did not live in this neighborhood.

Voter fraud is serious business. It is inconceivable that the Hajdus – one, a president of the Republican precinct and the other, the president of the Republican party – did not know in which electoral district they lived. Filing a false petition for election constitutes falsification of a government document, under Texas Penal Code § 37.10(a)(1). Falsely confirming eligibility to perform assists and encourages this offence.

The filing of this fraudulent candidacy allowed the Republicans to wait for the primary to be decided so that they could choose a Republican candidate to replace Mr. Hajdu in the November ballot. There should no longer be a Republican candidate in this race.

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In recent months, Republicans in Texas have warned against voter fraud. Now, Dallas County Democrats are pushing back on their own claims that a GOP candidate for State House submitted a fraudulent nomination.

Last week, an attorney wrote to the district attorney’s office on behalf of Dallas County Democratic Party Chairwoman Kristy Noble. Democrats allege that Texas House District 114 candidate Mark Hajdu, a Republican, falsely stated that he still lived in that district. They also claim that his wife, Dallas County Republican Party Chairperson Jennifer Stoddard-Hajdu, signed the bogus filing.

The alleged purpose of Hajdus? To handpick a good Republican candidate to face the Democratic candidate after Hajdu’s candidacy was declared ineligible, Noble argues.

As Noble sees it, it’s unlikely the Hajdus didn’t realize they no longer lived in HD 114, which was redesigned last year. In addition to Stoddard-Hajdu’s position as county GOP chairwoman, she said, her husband served as local precinct president.

At the same time, Republicans at all levels of government have continually cried “fraud,” she added. “It seems again and again, we see at least the involvement of irregularities on the Republican side,” Noble said. “And so it seems that the call of the ‘Big Lie’ is really just projection.”

Noble later said Texas was the hardest state to vote in. Sometimes people avoid the ballot box because they feel like their vote doesn’t matter and the system is rigged.

“These types of irregularities perpetuate that sentiment, and therefore making it more difficult to vote, and then breaking the electoral code in the law to select a candidate, only deteriorates our democracy and our faith in our democracy,” she said. declared. “That’s why we filed a complaint.”

Democrats released a copy of the alleged false record, a timeline of events, a legal memorandum and the letter to the DA’s Public Integrity Unit. The memo argues that the Hajdus should be charged “with a felony state prison charge for knowingly making a false entry in a government record.”

Calls to the Dallas County District Attorney’s office have not been returned at the time of publication.

Hajdu’s campaign expenses total $750, and he received $0 in donations, per campaign finance website Transparency USA. The filing fee listed on Hajdu’s application was $750.

Democrats say Hajdu never made a campaign announcement and did not mention his candidacy on social media. But they say he is active on Facebook, where he supposedly posts information about other people’s races.

County Democrats also say the couple, who now live in HD 108, reportedly noticed Hajdu was not listed as a candidate on their ballot when they voted in the primary.

Reached by phone, Hajdu called the Democrats’ claims “absolutely inaccurate” and “fraudulent.” He then promised to call back before quickly ending the call. He did not call back or respond to a subsequent voicemail and email.

A representative of the Dallas County Republican Party responded to the observer’s request on behalf of Stoddard-Hajdu. “This allegation is completely baseless,” Stoddard-Hajdu said, according to the GOP representative. “It’s political harassment, plain and simple, and it’s going nowhere.”

The timeline of events presented by Democrats notes that Hajdu filed for HD 114 on December 13, the last day of filing. If he hadn’t, the Democrats would have run their candidate unopposed.

For Noble, it doesn’t seem like there should be a Republican candidate in HD 114.

“We want free and fair elections,” she said. “Our constituents deserve to have the processes followed on both sides, by both parties, to make sure everything is fair. It seems that was not done in this case.

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