George P. Bush’s top communications staffer has resigned from his post after Charisma Villareal contacted the Human Resources department at the Texas General Land Office and accused Bryan Preston of harassment.
She sent copies of dozens of what she called threatening and harassing text messages from Preston. She says the exchange occurred after she spoke out on facebook against parts of the “Alamo Master Plan”, specifically as a descendant of an Alamo defender, she doesn’t want to see the Alamo Cenotaph monument moved or destroyed.
“Three minutes after I made that comment on the Save The Alamo Facebook page, I got a text on my personal cell phone telling me I was ridiculous and petty. This exchange went on for an hour. I have it all on screenshot,” Villarreal, a descendant of Tejano defender Gregorio Esparza, said at a news conference organized by the opponents last month.
Quote from the San Antonio Express-News
“The very next day, I got in touch with (human resources) at the GLO, and they told me they would handle it,” she said.
For his part, Preston says that he is leaving his post now that the Alamo Master Plan has been signed.
“The Alamo project is moving forward and so am I,” said Preston, one of six members of the Alamo master plan management committee. He called it an honor, “one that I’ll never forget.”
Of course, George P. Bush is in a race for reelection and these charges couldn’t come at a worse time.
The latest polling we’ve seen puts Bush up by only 5 points against his Democratic opponent, Miguel Suazo after two of Bush’s primary opponents endorsed him.
Libertarian candidate Matt Pina is mounting a surprise campaign which many Republican Party activists and party faithful have endorsed.
Texas General Land Office Poll:
George P. Bush (Republican) 41%Source: Miguel Suazo for GLO campaign
Miguel Suazo (Democrat) 36%
Matt Pina (Libertarian) 12%
The race for the General Land Office may very well depend on how many Texas Republicans decide not to vote for Bush. This resignation of a key staffer is certainly not a help for the Bush campaign.