Mackowiak: “I’m done talking about that issue.”
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AUSTIN, TX – This week, Save Austin Now co-founder and Travis County Republican Party Chair Matt Mackowiak refused to answer media questions regarding recently released video footage of Save Austin Now canvassers misleading Austin residents.
In the videos, Save Austin Now’s paid canvassers are shown misleading people by falsely representing what is included in the petition.
- SHOT: A Save Austin Now canvasser said on video, “My manager, basically, is the one that told me about the de-escalation, and so I’m going to have to get him to point that out to me specifically.”
- CHASER: KXAN’s Jacqulyn Powell asked Save Austin Now’s co-founders for an interview and to confirm whether the people in the aforementioned videos were indeed their canvassers. Instead, Save Austin Now co-founders Matt Mackowiak and Cleo Petricek sent a statement.
- LIME: “I’m done talking about that issue,” Mackowiak tells FOX 7 Austin, before eventually walking away from reporter Shannon Ryan.
“Save Austin Now should answer questions from the public, including the multiple Austinites who were tricked into signing this petition,” said Katie Naranjo, Chair of the Travis County Democratic Party. “This dangerous measure, if passed, would force the hiring of potentially 500 police officers, devastating essential city services and departments in the process. We need to reject this misleading campaign.”
According to campaign finance reports and their own website, Save Austin Now operates out of the same office suite as the Travis County Republican Party Headquarters at 807 Brazos St., Ste. 408.
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- SAN Canvasser Video A
- SAN Canvasser Video B
- SAN Canvasser Video C
- Save Austin Now Proposed Ordinance