Advocate editorial board opinion: Corpus Christi congressman may become ours

By the Advocate Editorial Board
Aug. 31, 2011 at 3:31 a.m.

We were pleased to have a good discussion this past week with a man who possibly could be our next U.S. representative in Congress - U.S. Rep. Blake Farenthold, District 27, based in Corpus Christi.

As many know, the lines for all congressional districts, including District 14, of which U.S. Rep. Ron Paul represents currently, have been redrawn and approved by the last state Legislature. What remains about those lines are any lawsuits and court decisions before they become official.

More importantly, the new lines give Farenthold, if nominated in the GOP primary and re-elected in the 2012 election, Victoria County and many of our surrounding counties in the new district.

Of course, Paul has announced he will not run again for U.S. representative. He instead is running for president.

Farenthold received his bachelor's degree in radio, television and film from the University of Texas-Austin, and he attended St. Mary's University School of Law in San Antonio. Farenthold practiced law seven years at the Kleberg Law Firm in Corpus Christi, and founded Farenthold Consulting LLC, a computer consulting and Web design firm. Before campaigning for Congress, he co-hosted Lago in the Morning, a top-rated conservative talk radio show.

Farenthold, a Republican who defeated longtime Congressman Solomon Ortiz by 799 votes, said he leans toward Libertarian philosophy.

In Congress, Farenthold sits on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, the Homeland Security Committee and the Government Oversight and Reform Committee.

Major issues for our region:

Water - Farenthold said desalinization plants, which are expensive because of the amount of energy they use, are becoming more feasible because of wind turbines. He supports investigating that as a possibility to solve the water needs along the Gulf Coast.

Nuclear Power Plants - "Any nuclear power plant built today will be safe. Technology has improved, but the public relations will be tough (because of Japan's nuclear plant fiasco)," he said.

Port of Victoria - Farenthold said all ports along the Texas Coast need diversification. He said Victoria's port and Corpus Christi's port are very different and would not be in conflict.

I-69 - "I'm working really hard on that." He said work to get parts of the existing highway up to interstate standards is under way. "My vision is not the Trans-Texas Corridor. And I don't see a lot of eminent domain," he added.

Polarization - "It's working the way our Founding Fathers envisioned. If government goes too far, be able to put the brakes on. I think we will take the Senate and the White House, but we will have to be careful not to go too far to the right."

Abortion - "I am strong pro-life," he said.

Tea party - "These are people who haven't been vocal before. They are becoming vocal," he said. Farenthold agreed that government is too big and taking too much.

Farenthold said he is in agreement with Paul's core beliefs that government is too big.

"If you elect me to bring home the pork, don't vote for me. It's about what's best for the country with the district as a strong second," Farenthold said.

But Farenthold added that he didn't think the word "compromise" was a bad word although he thought Republicans were compromising too much in recent past administrations.

Farenthold said he plans to stay in close communication with constituents and future constituents. His qualifications in communication, which he touted, will serve him to be accessible to all.

This editorial reflects the views of the Victoria Advocate's editorial board.



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