Great Works of Political Fiction
Donna Keel claims not to know Tom Craddick – that's weird, right?
This would be the same Donna Keel whose brother-in-law is former District 47 Rep. Terry Keel – who became Craddick's parliamentarian in 2007 after the previous one resigned over Craddick's rather creative (not to say dictatorial) position on whether he had to recognize a motion for his removal. This would also be the same Donna Keel whose husband, Thornton Keel, is the treasurer of Craddick's Stars Over Texas political action committee. Thornton's Keel Systems business has been paid $19,660 by Stars Over Texas and $66,295 by Craddick's campaign since August of last year, mostly for accounting work.
"It's pretty clear that my opponent does know Tom Craddick," replied Keel's opponent, incumbent Valinda Bolton. "Tom Craddick is one of her husband's biggest clients. It's pretty clear that given her personal financial interest and her family's ties that she in fact knows Tom Craddick." At that, Thornton Keel interrupted the proceedings and yelled at Bolton, "You just lied about that," only to be told by the moderator, "You do not have the floor." Thornton later declined to comment on what was inaccurate about Bolton's statement, saying the Keel campaign has a policy against talking to the Chronicle because the paper "had an article that we didn't think was done properly."