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April 11, 2014 - 3:25 pm

This is pretty good.

AUSTIN – Texans for Greg Abbott sent a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to the White House today requesting they release any photos of Sen. Wendy Davis and President Obama taken by the White House during their meeting on Thursday, a meeting closed to press and photographers. Communications Director Matt Hirsch issued the following statement about Sen. Davis’ troubling lack of transparency:

“Despite stating unequivocally just last month that she would not avoid having her photo taken with President Obama, this week Sen. Davis did just that. Instead, she met with the President behind closed doors and did not allow any press coverage. We’re hoping that a White House that claims an ‘unprecedented’ commitment to transparency will hold itself to a higher standard than Sen. Davis apparently does.”

To view the request, click here.

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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"...a White House that claims an ‘unprecedented’ commitment to transparency will hold itself to a higher standard...."

That's a joke. This White House doesn't have any standards, except priding itself on deceit and lies. They'll drag their feet until the election in Texas is over.
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The FOIA request is based upon:

1) The presumption that the recipient believes in Freedom

2) believes in information belonging to the public

3) believes in following the law

4) believes in transparency

5) believes in a free and fair press, including photography sessions

The minute this cabal shows even a remote sign that any of the above items are true, I will hold out hope for the tender of such photographs prior to the election for this office in Texas.

I won't hold my breath
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Maybe I'm just having a Stupid Day but I don't see why this photo is such a big deal. At most, Davis gets a photo of herself talking with Obama to use during her campaign. Why is that such a devastating thing? Given the feelings of Texans about Obama, I can't see where such a photo would help her. In fact, it would probably just associate her with him to her detriment.

What am I missing?
15 weeks ago
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You've answered your own question - If you want to drive Texas voters to the polls in November, every single Republican campaign ad ends with a photo of Davis and Obama.

Yes, Davis is a weak "craptacular" candidate - however, never underestimate the ability of Battleground Texas (operated by Organizing for America) to create a great deal of mischief, particularly in down ticket races. This is precisely a case of hit back twice as hard.
15 weeks ago
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Abbott 2020?
15 weeks ago
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"...a White House that claims an ‘unprecedented’ commitment to transparency will hold itself to a higher standard...."

That's a joke. This White House doesn't have any standards, except priding itself on deceit and lies. They'll drag their feet until the election in Texas is over.
15 weeks ago
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Interesting ploy. By law, any photos taken by government employees (including military) are the property of the American people. The only legal basis for NOT releasing them is national security. If they are classified, they don't have to be released.

Hmmmm. Should be interesting! If he claims Executive Privilege, or national security, what's that going to look like?




15 weeks ago
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The President can classify anything any way he likes. The existence of any photos can be classified.

Calling Davis out this way, though, may be effective.
15 weeks ago
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That's my point. Yes, he can do it.

But even HE can't make any legitimate case for it. He can do it by fiat, but it won't pass anybody's smell test. It will be naked politicking.

This is the kind of stuff that won't faze a die-hard, but will speak LOUDLY to fence sitters.

Many an election has been won or lost by fence sitters. This one may not be close enough for it to make a difference, but it will be seen in other states, and in other races.

Every time these people are seen for what they are, we win a little bit.

THAT is why Abbot is doing this. That is why this is smart.



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at least one governor type is trying to stop all this corruption.

speaking of governors, why isn't the Nevada governor doing his job and protecting the Bundy ranch and cattle. it has just been discovered that dirty harry reid is behind the attempts to takeover the ranch. it appears that he is in bed with a Chinese solar power firm that wants the Bundy ranch as a site for a plant )Drudge). this guy makes Chicago mobster types look like amateurs. don't know if its true but they have reportedly already killed all the cattle they seized. wonder how much dirty harry will make once all the assets get cashed out? wild west robbers, modern day style.

think it will make the presses?
15 weeks ago
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Latest report from WeasalZ (1755 PDT) is the cell towers in the area are being shut down.

Additionally, it's the weekend, people off work so self-styled militia from Utah and AZ are moving to back up the Bundys.

Here we go.
15 weeks ago
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The FOIA request is based upon:

1) The presumption that the recipient believes in Freedom

2) believes in information belonging to the public

3) believes in following the law

4) believes in transparency

5) believes in a free and fair press, including photography sessions

The minute this cabal shows even a remote sign that any of the above items are true, I will hold out hope for the tender of such photographs prior to the election for this office in Texas.

I won't hold my breath
15 weeks ago
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This is a win-win, CF. See my comments to Anonymous264E.

If he releases the photos, we get a picture that can be used to beat Wendy Davis. Win.

If he refuses, he's exposed for what he is.

Win.
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