Eric Zmrhal will Unseat Pete Olson in Texas. Part I

Eric Zmrhal will Unseat Pete Olson in Texas. Part I

Published November 26th, 2017. 5:43 pm.

The Rino Hijacking of the GOP

 Paul Ryan the Rino, by Brandon Musick

Paul Ryan the Rino, by Brandon Musick

The Republican Party was hijacked by big government Rinos years ago.

Addressing key issues, such as the 20 trillion dollar debt,  is out of the question for party leaders like Mitch McConnell. Under Speaker Paul Ryan, the budget deficit is sure to continue as special interests lobby Congress and gouge the taxpayer.  

On foreign policy, big government Republicans have permitted countless military interventions across the globe. Many of these conflicts have stirred the hornets' nest of terrorism, and triggered a blowback of mass migration to Europe that is destabilizing the Union. These pointless ventures have accomplished very little but for enriching the military industrial complex at the cost of American lives and treasure.

The Rinos have let the war on terror continue for so long, children born on the day war was declared, will soon be given the privilege to fight in it.  

The GOP is going through a generational transition period

Despite all of the issues stemming from big government Republican control, the small government GOP has not vanished. In fact, the party is experiencing a rebirth of its core values, limited government and expansion of liberty, with a young and energized millennial generation.

Blind support for the party doesn't apply with the young. With social media, hoards of millennial Republicans continuously tar and feather  establishment Rinos when they split from the conservative agenda. The outcry against bad policy is public and fast. Some are becoming so disenfranchised with the mainstream, they are running for office themselves. Representatives in their once comfortable congressional seats are being challenged by younger, more fiscally conservative members of the party.


Texas District 22 is one congressional seat that millennial conservatives have in their sights. Pete Olson, a Rino who has held the seat since 2009, has accomplished very little apart from his contributions to the debt and deficit. A young family man named Eric Zmrhal (pronounced 'Zmur-hall' like Smurfs, but with a Z) has made the commitment to run against Olson. has reached out to Mr. Zmrhal for a question and answer session to find more about the new candidate.


 Eric Zmrhal, wife Tricia, and Children Reagan and Winston.

Eric Zmrhal, wife Tricia, and Children Reagan and Winston.

Defectio: Can you tell us a little about yourself, your family, your work experience?

Eric:    I grew up in the Midwest, went to school at Miami University (Ohio) for Mechanical Engineering and have been in the oil/gas industry for the past decade. I've had many jobs in the past 10+ years, mostly managing and executing projects. I have been married to an amazing woman, Tricia, for nearly 8 years. She is my best friend and my biggest cheerleader. We are fortunate to have 2 children, Reagan (6) and Winston (5). We also have 2 dogs, Gatsby and Georgie.

After moving to Katy, I became a precinct chair for Fort Bend County; I was on our neighborhood owner's association; I have been my children's soccer coach for their two separate teams, and I volunteer at our church, most often in the kindergarten classrooms. 

Defectio: How long have you lived in Texas? If not originally from here, what brought you to Katy?

Eric: We have lived in Texas for a little over 5 years now. After graduating from college, I took a job with BP which moved me from the Midwest to Southern California. For a variety of reasons, we were looking to get out of California. In 2012, I took a job with Shell that moved us down to Texas. We now call Katy home, and we have never been happier. 

Defectio: What made you decide to run for congress?

Eric: I've had enough. I'm tired of career politicians. I'm tired of the blame and divisiveness. I'm tired of the do-nothing Congress. I've always been passionate about my country and the government and its role in our lives. Unfortunately, our government continues on this downward spiral of ineffectiveness. Whatever happened to "the buck stops here"?

The polarization of the parties, the animosity towards those across the aisle and the total gridlock in Congress needs to stop. I think the only way we can do that is to bring in new leaders with energy and a fresh perspective. We need to have representation with a more diverse background; enough lawyers and career politicians. We need to bring in people with experience in the private sector, most notably more teachers, doctors, scientists and engineers. We need problem solvers in Washington. In its most simplistic definition, engineers solve problems. That is my background and that is what I've been doing for the past 10 years, which is why I think I'm a good choice for the district.  

Defectio: If you had to choose three core issues you are running on, what are they?

Eric: Integrity, Security and Liberty. These are the three pillars of my campaign - you will see them on my website, cards and flyers. While these may not be "issues," I believe that the concerns of the American people can be grouped into these 3 pillars. 

Integrity means doing the right thing, and the right thing is doing the job the American people elected you to do. I don't think we have that in our politicians. We don't have a balanced budget, we don't have healthcare reform, we don't have tax reform, we don't have secure borders, the list can go on. What does that say about the integrity of our elected officials? 

For Security, we aren't spending money wisely, in that we let elections and politics decide how we should spend our money instead of listening to the DoD and DHS. They know what programs we need, what areas need more funding, where we need stronger borders and so on. Additionally, I don't hear anyone talking about trafficking - people, drugs, illegal weapons and money. This is a local issue, a Texas issue and a national issue. We need more public awareness, more training for law enforcement, more agents and more federal funding at the airports and Port of Houston. 

Our liberties are under attack every day. More regulations, more government oversight and more attacks on our constitutional rights. We have the right to free speech, to own a firearm and we should have the right to choose our own education and to choose our healthcare- but without constant over-regulation. The more our government continues to grow, the less free we become. 

Defectio: You face a tough primary against Pete Olson. Have you been knocking on doors and shaking hands?

Eric: Yes, running a campaign is no small feat - especially against an incumbent with much deeper pockets. I've been going to as many events as my body, my team and most importantly, my family can handle! I had my first small meet and greet a few weeks ago, but I've been going to events such as the Fort Bend County GOP Picnic, Republican Women's Club of Katy Meetings, local campaign kick-offs, other meet-and-greets and just getting my name out there as much as possible. I haven't been to as many events as I'd like because of my previous coaching commitment, but now that the season is over, I plan to be at every event my schedule allows.

Defectio: What is your campaign plan for December?

Eric: First, this week I will be talking to students at a school here in Katy. I've been asked to come in to speak about government, why I'm running, what it takes to run a campaign and how we can get youth involved in government. On top of attending more local events for the party and for local candidates, I will be having another meet and greet right before Christmas here in Katy. In addition, I will start publishing short videos on social media as well as begin advertising with local outlets. Finally, more block walking!

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This concludes part I of our Q&A. There will be more to come soon.

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