Dukes blames Statesman, Reps. Howard, Israel for working against her


State Rep. Dawnna Dukes, D-Austin, kicked off her bid for a 12th term in the Texas House at the Austin Club on Tuesday, hours after lobbing the explosive allegation that fellow Austin Democratic Reps. Donna Howard and Celia Israel were behind an effort to keep her from winning re-election.

Dukes asserted that Howard and Israel undermined her legislation behind the scenes and kept her colleagues from offering her the courtesy of voting for her when she was not at her desk.

“Donna Howard was the ringleader, and Celia Israel followed up,” Dukes told Texas Tribune co-founder and CEO Evan Smith at a public event.

Both Howard and Israel were taken aback by what they said were groundless accusations.

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