The Week in Quotes (March 4 – 10)

Here are some of the week’s most notable quotes.

Trey Blocker, who rain against Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller, was a far-right candidates profiled in the Texas Observer’s God and Guns: Courting the Christian Fringe in the Texas GOP Primaries story.

“As a statewide elected official, I will use the power of the pulpit to defend Christianity and return our nation to its religious roots, as intended by our Founding Fathers.”


Dan Quinn, TFN communications director, on the state of Texas’s decision to quietly renew a $13.4 million contract for the anti-abortion organization the Heidi Group, even after the controversial group was forced to return $4 million for failure to meet the terms of the first contract.

“Women’s health care is clearly not a priority. The priority here seems to be paying off political supporters with public tax dollars, even if they’re completely incompetent.”


State Sen. Sylvia Garcia, D-Houston, who won her bid for the Democratic nomination to replace U.S. Rep. Gene Green. Garcia is widely expected to win the general election in November.

“I never really wanted to be the first. I wanted to be the best. [But] we know that representation matters and that taking the first step to elect our first Latina for Congress is not just a milestone but a step for generations to come.”


Energy Secretary Rick Perry, at the annual CERAWeek energy conference in Houston.

“I think it’s a fool’s errand to stand up and say ‘by 2030 we’re going to be done with fossil fuels’ … and what? Go back to living like we were living in the mid-1800s?”


The Houston Chronicle’s adaptation of Henry Wadsworth Longfllow’s poem Paul Revere’s Ride.

“Listen, my Texans, and you shall hear
Of the midterm face-off that’s growing near!
On the sixth of November of 2018,
From El Paso to Houston to Abilene
Teachers are getting their ballots in gear.
The teachers are coming! The teachers are coming!”