Expert: Rough Road Ahead for Uresti, TX Dems

Sen. Carlos Uresti, D-San Antonio, speaks as Texas Senate debates abortion bill HB2, Friday, July 12, 2013, in Austin, Texas. The bill would require doctors to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals, only allow abortions in surgical centers, dictate when abortion pills are taken and ban abortions after 20 weeks. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

By Bill O’Neil

A big blow for both Texas Democrats–and State Senator Carlos Uresti.

That’s just what one political watcher sees in the federal indictments handed down against the San Antonio Democrat Tuesday.

“One of the angles that they (Texas Democrats) hoped to use in the 2018 election was hitting sitting Attorney General Ken Paxton (a Republican) for his indictments on many of the same charges that Senator Uresti has been indicted on… that is securities violations” said Mark Jones, a Political Science Fellow at Rice University’s Baker Institute.

Jones told KTSA News this is the latest in what has been a very unwelcome trend for Democratic politicians at the State Capitol.

“Now there are three Texas Democrats in the State Legislature that have either been indicted… Senator Uresti and Representative (Dawnna) Dukes… or have been actually convicted of a felony–that’s Representative (Ron) Reynolds who’s now appealing it” Jones added.

As for Uresti, Jones told KTSA News he may serve out his full term if he fights the charges against him–but winning another will be extremely difficult +unless he’s completely cleared.

“In part because there are a large number of very talented State Representatives in his District who would love to be a State Senator” Jones told KTSA News. He also believes it is possible Uresti might ultimately reach a deal with prosecutors that i8ncludes him resigning his seat.

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