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Republican infighting over political mailer

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Controversy has erupted over a political mailer sent to 90,000 voters in Harris County.

The mailer slams three democrats running for various offices, including a judge and the democratic candidate for district attorney.  It also promotes four republicans running for various offices.  It was sent out by the Republican Party's Texas Victory 2012.

You would think democrats are upset by this, but it's actually the republican chairman of that very group who has disavowed the mailer.

The executive director of the Republican Party of Texas sent out a scathing statement from Harris County Judge Ed Emmett to more than a dozen republican and democratic leaders in the county.  In part, Emmett wrote,

"The mailing … was not reviewed nor authorized by me.  As victory chair, I find it exactly the sort of mail piece that I have detested for years.

"In some instances it is misleading and in others it is simply false.

"I want to be clear that I and victory 2012 did not approve this mailer."

Harris County GOP Chair Jared Woodfill received the memo and defended the mailer.

"It's like any organization," Woodfill said.  "People have different opinions and different ideas about what is the appropriate and best strategy.  In this particular case, the flyer was very appropriate.  I think it was consistent with our goal of getting people out to vote and showing people the difference between our nominees and the democrats' nominees.  I think it's appropriate and fair game in politics."

One of the republicans featured in the mailer, district attorney candidate Mike Anderson, issued this statement in part:

"The statement from Chairman Emmett seems to imply that my campaign issued false or misleading information about my opponent in this mailer.  I stand by what was said about Mr. Oliver."

Anderson also said the executive director of the Texas Republican Party, Beth Cubriel, who sent out Emmett's statement, approved the mailer before it mailed to voters.

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