January 28, 2021

Former Bonilla Staffer Sues Texas Congressional Hopeful Tony Gonzales Over Unpaid Fees

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Tony Gonzales is in a runoff for the Republican candidacy to represent Texas' 23rd District. - TWITTER / @TONYGONZALES4TX

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  • Tony Gonzales is in a runoff for the Republican candidacy to symbolize Texas’ 23rd District.

Saying he was stiffed on funds for marketing campaign work, a political guide who as soon as labored for U.S. Rep. Henry Bonilla, has sued Tony Gonzales, one among two GOP hopefuls vying to symbolize Texas’ hotly contested 23rd Congressional District.

In a go well with filed in Bexar County District Court docket, Phil Ricks — a former staffer for Bonilla, a Republican who represented the district from 1993 to 2007 — stated Gonzales declined to make good on $11,500 owed for his work.

Gonzales will face Raul Reyes Jr. within the July 14 runoff to find out which is able to run towards Democrat Gina Ortiz Jones within the fall.

“Phil was a marketing campaign volunteer final fall for a number of weeks,” Gonzales spokesman Matt Mackowiak instructed the Present through e mail. “Frankly, his efficiency didn’t meet expectations. He was by no means supplied a job, and there was by no means a contract with the marketing campaign. He’s now a paid marketing campaign staffer for our opponent. This lawsuit has no advantage in any way.”

That opponent, Reyes, was unavailable for rapid remark.

The 23rd District, which incorporates San Antonio and huge swath of the Texas-Mexico border, has regularly flipped between Republican and Democratic management. Final cycle, Jones got here inside 1,000 votes of ousting incumbent U.S. Rep. Will Hurd, who’s retiring from Congress.

Maybe reflecting the small world of South Texas politics, the legal professional representing Ricks within the lawsuit is Quico Canseco, who additionally represented the 23rd District as a Republican from 2011-2013. Canseco stated he reluctantly took the case as a result of Ricks is an previous buddy.

“He was employed by Mr. Gonzales originally, after which Mr. Gonzales refused to pay him,” Canseco stated. “What’s honest is honest. I imply, we have to pay our payments. All of us do.”

Political observers take into account Gonzales the favourite to choose up the Republican nomination for the district. He is received marketing campaign endorsements from Hurd and outstanding GOP figures, together with former U.S. Home Republican Chief Kevin McCarthy and retired U.S. Sen. Phil Gramm.

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