A man involved in the True Texas project, a Tarrant County-based tea party group, is a candidate for the Asian City Council who campaigned during an early vote in Colleyville, according to two witnesses and a video of the incident. Said “white supremacy”.
Amin Girani, who is running for the Place 5 Council in Colleyville, is in the parking lot of the City Hall on Saturday with political volunteer David Medlin and Place 5 City Council member Chuck Kelly. He said he had passed. “David Medlin sticks out his fist and says’white supremacist’,” Girani said.
There was a second incident on Monday, and Gilani recorded it on his phone. He was outside the city hall again, and before Medlin rode a truck and said “white supremacist” to Girani, Medlin worked with a group of incumbent Colleyville council members, including Curry Rigny and Kathy Wheat. He said he was together.
“He’s not cool just saying that in general,” Girani said. “I have two brown children raising, but I don’t want to raise them in an environment that is considered unequal. It was hard to hear.”
Place 6 city council candidate Kurtmeier, who was with Girani on Saturday and Monday, confirmed both cases and said Medlin was the one who told Girani that he was “white supremacist.” Girani submitted an information report to police, but said he was not pursuing prosecution.
Meddlin has been involved in Colleyville politics for several years, including candidates for the True Texas Project and the True Texas Project. He declined the request for an interview. Medlin contacted by phone and said: You really don’t make the news. Then he hung up. He also did not respond to emails asking for comment.
2017 entry into Medlin’s political campaign Introduced in the Texas Scorecard article, A website run by the conservative advocacy group Empower Texass. He has a Texas scorecard with his involvement with the Northeast Talent Tea Party (former name for the True Texas Project) and Colleyville, including former Colleyville councilor and 2020 Republican US Congressional candidate Chris Putnam. He talked about how he helped the race. Councilor Bobby Lindamood. “Thanks to our efforts, we have stimulated record turnout and regained a majority in our council,” he told the Texas scorecard.
Council members Kelly, Rigny, and Wheat did not respond to an interview request from Star Telegram. They each posted a statement on Facebook on Tuesday, Wheat generally blamed racism, and Rigny blamed “video behavior.”
“As I continue to maintain my position as a local council member and leader, I would like to first apologize for the words and my reaction spoken by the frustrated local councilors in recent polls. I responded inappropriately to the words that were given. At this point I apologize and blame the tasteless and divisive behavior of the video because those words were not sought. I also take this opportunity now. And stay focused on what’s important — — The problem that defines this election. “
Another councilor, George Dodson, posted on Facebook: I am very proud that he has become a wonderful friend. “
Meddlin appeared in social media photos at the True Texas Project event and is wearing a True Texas Project shirt.A true Texas project, an influential group from US Senator Ted Cruz and Attorney General Ken Paxton Court supportMade national news for racist and anti-immigrant messages. Fred McCarty, one of the group’s leaders, after the El Paso shootings in August 2019 Post to FacebookImagine flooding a place with foreigners until the indigenous people are in the minority. Then imagine being shocked by the resulting conflict and hostility. Please. ”On weekends, the True Texas Project Facebook account Immigrant post photos In places like Europe and Australia, it has the caption “We are under attack.”
The True Texas Project was launched in 2009 by residents of Colleyville and Grapevine as the Northeast Tarrant Tea Party. Supporting candidates in local races, Was the most prominent in Colleyville, Council members Lindamood, Kelly, Wheat, Dodson, and Tammy Nakamura are backed by (and so is Mayor Richard Newton).
Girani faced other obstacles while running for the city council. After declaring in February, he discovered that the companies associated with Rigny were listed as follows: Registrant of the campaign web domain you want to purchase.. The same thing happened to Meyer. Meyer considered the Saturday and Monday incidents to be intimidation. “It creates a barrier to entry that everyone in the town knows if you will face these people,” Meyer said. “As far as we know, this threat is a barrier to entry and will prevent other qualified people from running.”
Pakistani Girani said the action in the video on Monday was not a symbol of Colleyville.
“It’s not Colleyville that really offends me,” he said. “Only a few people make it worse. Only a few people say that.”