January 13, 2022      10:00 AM
In GOP primary to lead Texas Department of Agriculture, sparks fly as Chairman White presses Commissioner Miller on ethics
Miller touts Trump endorsement while slamming the Legislature on new elections law and the grid; White says Miller had a “sorry” record as a legislator and points to allegations of "bribes" accepted by Miller’s campaign team
A heated confrontation
between Chairman James White, R-Hillister, and
Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller was perhaps a long time coming
when things finally boiled over in their Republican primary in recent days. “Sid
Miller LIED & denied that his campaign consultant has an upcoming court
date in relation to the allegations that he has been taking bribes for hemp
licenses,” White tweeted after the two clashed during a candidate forum inside
a church late last week in Gainesville.
Chair White, retiring from
the Legislature and running to lead the Texas Department of Agriculture,
has unleashed a torrent of attacks on Miller, the incumbent whose top campaign
consultant Todd Smith was arrested last year in connection with an alleged
scheme to shake down farmers seeking hemp licenses that are, by law, not to
During a radio interview,
Miller said there’s “nothing to see here” and maintained that Smith has not
been charged with any crime.
“Your campaign consultant
has not been arrested?” White asked during the candidate forum, frustrated with
what he said is simply a lie from Miller.
“He has not been charged
or indicted,” Miller answered matter-of-factly.
“And he has no court date?”
“No!” Miller exclaimed,
almost shouting. Then, White pounced.
By Scott Braddock