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Laubenberg’s car vandalized after speaking out against cock-fighting

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AUSTIN-Rockwall’s Republican State Representative Jody Laubenberg had her car vandalized the evening of May 2 after she was the only one to speak out in favor of a proposed bill which would further crack down on illegal cock-fighting in Texas.

Lawmakers said early talks about the bill, proposed yesterday by Rep. Wayne Christian (R-Nacogdoches) to hold those who attend cockfights accountable for a crime, brought out a crowd of opposition in the gallery Saturday. At least one in the group was escorted out. 

Later that evening Laubenberg’s car was vandalized. Her passenger side window was smashed in and a butane lighter was left on the seat. The police were unable to recover any fingerprints.

The Department of Public Safety is investigating whether there is a tie between the cockfighting bill and the damage to her vehicle.

“It makes me a little nervous. I’m down here to do a job and I have a right to my opinion,” Laubenberg said. 

She said in four terms in the House she’s never had her car vandalized. She added that she does feel that the action was intended for her and was meant to threaten.

“I’m not going to be bullied. I’m not going to be intimidated, I’m going to continue to speak up about what I think is right,” Laubenberg said.

Christian said some who oppose his bill claim it’s a cultural tradition. He thinks it’s a bad one and needs to end.

“I know very few families who go to church on Sunday mornings, go to Luby’s and then take the kids to a cockfight,” Christian said.

He hopes a misdemeanor charge and a $500 fine for attending may keep people out of the fights.

The bill passed easily on second reading out of the House. It will go before the House for a third time, before it heads to the Senate.

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