Former state Rep. Rick Green, a staunch social conservative and Republican who drew criticism for ethical lapses while in the Legislature, is announcing this evening for Texas Supreme Court. According to his Web site, Green is unveiling his candidacy at a 6:30 p.m. rally in Kyle, near San Marcos.
While in the House from 1998 to 2002, Green drew fire for using his Capitol office as the backdrop for a health supplement infomercial. He also came under scrutiny for successfully arguing before the parole board for early release of a man convicted of defrauding investors (who just happened to have loaned $400,000 to Green’s father’s company); allegedly pressuring the state health department on behalf of ephedrine maker Metabolife International, one of his law firm’s clients; and squeezing lobbyists to pony up at a fundraiser for a private foundation he started. He made Texas Monthly’s list of the 10 worst legislators.
Green, who always denied any wrongdoing, cast himself as a fighter for traditional values. He still does, calling himself “a true Reagan conservative and strict constructionist.”
Green, R-Dripping Springs, was defeated in 2002 by Democrat Patrick Rose.
Their spirited and at times almost physical battle for the swing district seat in the Texas Hill Country was chronicled in “Last Man Standing: Politics, Texas Style,” a documentary by filmmaker Paul Stekler. And the hard feelings didn’t end there: In November 2006, Green was accused of assaulting Rose on election day at a polling place.
Green, a lawyer, has worked with the Aledo-based group WallBuilders, whose founder David Barton says the Founding Fathers did not intend for there to be a formal separation of church and state.