Houston trial lawyer rides to House Dems' rescue? Why, it's ele-Mostyn-ary, my dear Watson.

Dallas Morning News, Trail Blazers Blog
October 26, 2010

With Houston trial lawyer Steve Mostyn's money, mostly, the House Democratic Campaign Committee is working furiously to protect Democratic state reps and put a few challengers over the top.

The law firm of Mostyn provided 79 percent of the nearly $950,000 that the group raised between Sept. 24 and Oct. 23, according to its latest money report.

In North Texas, the biggest beneficiaries were: Rep. Carol Kent, D-Dallas, $77,500; Jamie Dorris, challenger to Garland GOP Rep. Joe Driver, $73,704; Rep. Robert Miklos, D-Mesquite, $33,979; Rep. Paula Pierson, D-Arlington, $32,500; and Rep. Chris Turner, D-Burleson, $27,500.

The committee gave $12,000 apiece to Loretta Haldenwang, who's trying to oust Irving Republican Rep. Linda Harper-Brown, and businessman John Wellik, the opponent of longtime Dallas GOP Rep. Will Hartnett. Much of the group's giving was in donated polls, cable TV ads and direct mail, though some was cash.

In West Texas, embattled Rep. Joe Heflin, D-Crosbyton, received $137,250. In Waco, former Rep. John Mabry, trying to make a comeback, benefitted from $120,000 of media buys by the committee. Kent and Dorris were the third and fourth biggest beneficiaries, respectively, followed by Reps. Joe Moody of El Paso ($65,000) and Diana Maldonado of Round Rock ($50,500).