The Marva Beck campaign rushed into damage control mode to counter allegations broadcast in a radio spot for District 57 Texas Representative Jim Dunnam alleging she hasn't paid her corporate income taxes.
Reached for comment, a campaign worker who requested anonymity said, “He's telling part of it. He (Mr. Dunnam) is not telling the whole story.”
According to the campaign spokesman, Mrs. Beck has paid the taxes in question. They became overdue when her son was convicted and sentenced to the state penitentiary on a drug offense and the secretary for the family construction company neglected to pay the government the income taxes owed by the corporation.
“We put out a letter on it months ago.”
The company, which was originally based in Houston, specializes in building public works projects such as water treatment plants, pipeline pumping stations and natural gas treatment plants.
Reached for comment, Mr. Dunnam told The Legendary, “I will have someone call you and tell you all about it.”
As of noon, The Legendary had received no follow-up call from the Dunnam campaign.
The District 57 contest has become red hot since Texans For Lawsuit Reform contributed a large amount of campaign funds for media buys in the district, which takes in the southeastern part of McLennan County, Falls, Leon Madison and Robertson Counties. Her campaign has attracted more than $850,000 in campaign funds, according to published reports. The Dunnam campaign has amassed more than $600,000.
Both sides are running a heavy schedule of radio and television spots throughout the district.
Mr. Dunnam practices personal injury law from a partnership at Waco, has a home near McGregor and owns a home in his district near Chilton. The Beck campaign has accused him of not living in the district which he represents. It was heavily redistricted by the Legislature after the 2000 census.
Mr. Dunnam is on record saying, “I didn't want to uproot my kids from the schools they attend.”