Trump-backed Texas GOP nominee arrested for impersonating official – then blames opponent
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A Texas House candidate and police officer backed by former President Donald Trump and leading Texas Republicans has been charged with impersonating a public official, authorities say.
Dallas police said Friday that Frederick Frazier was placed on administrative leave after the department was notified that a Collin County grand jury had indicted him. Impersonating a government official is a third degree felony.
Frazier went to Richardson Jail on Friday and posted bond, said Teddy Yoshida, spokesman for the Richardson Police Department.
It’s unclear what the specific allegations against Frazier are, and a spokesperson for the Collin County prosecutor’s office was not immediately available for comment.
In response to the indictment, Frazier’s campaign blamed his main Republican second-round opponent, Paul Chabot, for suggesting that Frazier impersonate a city code compliance officer to get the Chabot campaign signs in a Walmart. In a statement, Frazier’s campaign said Chabot, who has run several times before, is “attempting to overturn the results of this election by submitting falsified complaints to law enforcement and testifying before a large jury”.
“Frederick Frazier looks forward to the opportunity to defend himself in court, where we are confident jurors will see through Chabot’s lies in the same way voters have five times before,” the report said. communicated.
John Thomas, Chabot’s consultant, released a statement on Frazier’s indictment:
“An independent grand jury was convened and determined that Mr. Frazier committed multiple crimes. In fact, it was the Rangers and the McKinney PD who uncovered the crimes. Frazier’s lies and deceit know no bounds. He has committed crimes and refuses to confess.He is a disgrace to himself and to those raising a badge in law enforcement.Paul Chabot demands that Frazier have an ounce of decency and immediately drop out of the race because it is crucial that a Republican and candidate with integrity represent the people of the 61st District.”
Frazier easily won the Republican primary runoff last month for House District 61, an open seat in Collin County that leans Republican. A well-known advocate for law enforcement in Austin, Frazier had the backing of Trump, Gov. Greg Abbottlieutenant governor. Dan Patrick and President of the State House Dade Phelan. The Democratic candidate in the race is Sheena King.
During the second round, Chabot spoke about the alleged theft of dozens of his campaign signs. In one incident, Chabot said a Walmart store manager told him that someone claiming to be working for city code compliance came in and told the store to remove Chabot’s signs because they were placed illegally. Chabot said he reported it to the police.
The Texas Rangers eventually considered his claims. Chabot then obtained a report from Rangers through a public records request stating that the agency investigated Frazier in February for “alleged criminal violations…of impersonating an official and potentially related theft.” “.
At the time, Frazier’s campaign consultant Craig Murphy said his candidate denied any wrongdoing and called Chabot’s claims “frivolous.”
Texas Scorecard and Steven Monacelli, a freelance journalist who widely covered controversy over Rolling Stone campaign signs, were among the first to report on Friday that Frazier had been charged.
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This article originally appeared in The Texas Grandstand at https://www.texastribune.org/2022/06/24/texas-house-candidate-indicted/.
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