Sunday, September 21st, 2014

Texas margaritas, Capitol-style

A Dallas challenger's flier included this salty imagery to reinforce her Mostly True charge.
A Dallas challenger's flier included this salty imagery to reinforce her Mostly True charge.

A salty claim figured into a Republican challenger’s campaign before the March 4, 2014, primary for the party’s nomination for a Dallas County seat in the Texas House.

Linda Koop mailed out a flier with an illustration of a festively decorated margarita machine that said incumbent Stefani Carter of Dallas "repeatedly used her campaign contributors’ donations to rent margarita machines for our state house office."

For the record, we never had a taste.

Still, this claim came out Mostly True.

We found "repeatedly" misleadingly imprecise. But two times in four years, Carter reported spending campaign money to rent margarita machines for office staff parties; using the word "repeatedly" risks the misimpression that Capitol employees were downing margaritas every other weekend.

Slurp the icy details of our inquiry to the right.