For Immediate Release
January 7, 2020
Contact: Abhi Rahman, (720)299-0654, firstname.lastname@example.org
[BREAKING] ICYMI: Texas Republican House District 28 Candidate Gary Gates is a Credibly-Alleged Child Abuser
“Gates children ‘had been given “throw-up” medicine (ipecac) for eating food they should not have eaten, and children were required to skip their next meal if they stole food.”
Austin, TX — With three weeks until election day for the Texas House District 28 runoff and two weeks until the start of early voting, Fort Bend County voters have a clear choice to make. New television ads released today by Forward Majority showed us exactly who Texas Republican candidate Gary Gates is.
An educator, leader, and fighter, Democrat Dr. Eliz Markowitz is fighting for quality healthcare, strong neighborhood schools, fixing our infrastructure to protect Texans from hurricane disasters, streamlining disaster relief so displaced Texans can rebuild faster, and an economy that works for everyone.
On the other hand, her opponent, Republican Gary Gates, is a Trump Republican carbon-copy, down to his dozens of lawsuits and bankruptcies and is the Texas version of disgraced Alabama Republican Roy Moore.
Gary Gates is an accused child abuser, whom a District Judge “found evidence that Gates ‘may very well have’ abused his kids.”
The Accusations Made by Gates’ Children:
“During the interviews with the children, TDPRS learned that Gary’s punishments included sitting against the wall in the chair position, running, moving bricks and boards across the driveway, doing push-ups, and being spanked with a hand, belt, or board.”
“Gates children ‘had been given “throw-up” medicine (ipecac) for eating food they should not have eaten, and children were required to skip their next meal if they stole food. On occasion, Gary taped newspaper around a child’s hands to keep him or her from stealing food.’”
“■■■■■■■ stated that after Gary found out about stealing food, he kicked out ■■■■■■■’s chair while was sitting on it, causing to hit his head on the floor; Gary then hit ■■■■■■■, kicked him in the stomach, and pushed him into a wall. ■■■■■■■ corroborated this story.”
“■■■■■■■ also stated that Gary had hit ■■■■■■■ and ■■■■■■■ the previous day and that she is scared to live at home because her dad gets so mad. ■■■■■■■ confirmed that he had been spanked the previous day and had a bruise on his leg as a result.”
“Further, according to a TDPRS employee, when Gary arrived home that day, he told his children, “These people want to talk to you, they think mom and dad are bad people.” ■■■■■■■ then responded, “Well dad you are bad, you slammed them [sic] up against the wall and made his head bleed.” ■■■■■■■ and ■■■■■■■ agreed with ■■■■■■■.”
“Gary Gates has been the subject of litigation over his parenting and the details of those cases are disturbing. Contemporary reporting on those cases reveals that Gates may very well have abused his adopted children.”
“Judge Stansbury’s eyebrows were clearly raised by the evidence, but ‘my concern and my endeavor right now,’ he said, ‘is to make a decision in my own mind whether the emergency removal was appropriate, not whether these children have been abused, because I’m concerned that if things bear out in this affidavit, the children may very well have been abused.’”
“As the Houston Press reported, the children were returned to Gates not because he was exonerated for the abuse, but because CPS had abused due process in seizing and interviewing them.”
“‘This is one hearing that’s conducted in this court involving children where the court’s order is not made on the test of best interest of the children,’ Stansbury said. ‘The ability of the state, of CPS specifically, to come into someone’s home and remove children requires a heavier burden, and our laws provided that.’”
Child abusers should not be elected. Period.
Texas Democratic Party Executive Director Manny Garcia issued the following statement:
“Gary Gates’ alleged actions are sickening. Child abusers are unfit to serve in the Texas Legislature. Period. This goes beyond politics and partisanship. This is a vote about what’s right and what’s wrong.”