GOP re-branding, Texas style:
An employee at a leading Republican consulting firm used by lieutenant governor candidate Dan Patrick, Attorney General Greg Abbott and state Sen. Donna Campbell, among others, registered a political action committee with the state by the name of “Boats ‘N Hoes PAC” earlier this month.
Shaun Nowacki, listed as comptroller for Blakemore and Associates consulting firm, registered the PAC with the Texas Ethics Commission on April 1, according to state records.
Allen Blakemore, the principal for the firm, is the “senior strategist” for Patrick’s lieutenant governor campaign and was hired by Abbott, the Republican nominee for governor, for eight different campaigns beginning in 1991, according to Blakemore’s website.
Nowacki and Blakemore each did not immediately return calls requesting comment.
Patrick, a Houston Republican, is in a heated runoff with incumbent David Dewhurst and drew statewide attention Tuesday for his immigration debate with San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro.
The PAC’s name is likely a nod to a popular phrase coined in the 2008 movie “Step Brothers.”
“That’s a horrible name,” said Jessica Luther, a writer and activist in Austin. “Why would you use the word ‘hoes,’ which is obviously derogatory toward women, in a PAC name? The Texas GOP rarely surprises me, but this one actually does.”