Morgan Meyer is one of three Republicans who want to represent Texas House District 108. The treasurer of his campaign is Jeff Staubach.
One of Meyer’s competitors is Chart Westcott. The list of supporters on his website includes Staubach’s parents, Roger and Marianne Staubach. (The honorary chair of Westcott’s campaign is the Cowboys’ other legendary quarterback, Troy Aikman.)
I thought it was odd that Roger would support one candidate, while his son worked on behalf of another. I called Roger’s office to ask about this. After his assistant and I played a prolonged game of phone tag, she passed on this response: “I have given money to both campaigns.”
Well, the finance reports filed with the Texas Ethics Commission show that Marianne donated $2,000 to Meyer on Dec. 5, but I could find no donations to Meyer in Roger’s name. But Captain America did give $2,000 to Westcott on May 17 — more than five months before Westcott officially announced his bid for the seat, and a month and a half before Jeff was appointed treasurer of Meyer’s campaign.
I know, I know — a man’s money is his wife’s money, which is her husband’s money. But City Councilwoman Jennifer Staubach Gates, one of Roger and Marianne’s four daughters, told me she’s staying out of this campaign, even though her husband, John, donated $1,000 to Meyer on Dec. 16.
John appears on Meyer’s list of endorsements — as do Marianne and, of course, Jeff, who donated $2,500 to the campaign on Aug. 29. Also listed there is another one of Jeff’s sisters, Stephanie Phillips, and her husband, Todd — who gave $2,500 to Meyer on Aug. 8 as well as $1,671.98 worth of in-kind donations on Nov. 21.
What does all this mean? I can’t say for sure. But I do know one thing — no member of the Staubach clan is supporting the third Republican in the race, Court Alley.