Houston Chronicle (Houston, TX)

Houston Chronicle Clay Robison column: How to lose your seat in one term.

Byline: Clay Robison

Feb. 18--AUSTIN -- Consider the easy-come, easy-go plight of Republican Rep. Nathan Macias of Bulverde.

He may be in danger of losing his seat after only one unremarkable term in the Texas House, mainly because he has lost his political sugar daddy.

Two years ago, Macias was rolling in money on his way to an upset GOP primary victory over then-Rep. Carter Casteel of New Braunfels, one of the House's more competent members.

More than 90 percent of Macias' 2006 primary campaign funding came from San Antonio businessman James Leininger, the private-school voucher advocate, who was determined to unseat Casteel because she had dared vote against his cause. The attack ads were mean.

Before 2006 was over, Leininger had spent nearly $5 million on Macias and other legislative candidates, only to come up empty again on vouchers during the 2007 session. …

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