Withholding Information From Taxpayers
When citizens simply asked how David Cook was using Mansfield taxpayer dollars, Cook tried to hide details about seven taxpayer funded trips to New York. Cook’s office told citizens that the information may be “intimate” or “embarrassing.” Eventually, Cook had to surrender the information to taxpayers and it was revealing. Cook billed taxpayers thousands of dollars for stays at “uniquely opulent” hotels in New York’s “Diamond District” and meals and fine restaurants
Cook's Donor First Policy
A month after taking thousands of dollars in campaign donations from a local developer, David Cook voted to approve a zoning change so his donor could develop in the city. This was not the first time Cook has worked overtime to support developers who donate his campaign. While Mayor, Cook announced we would sell land to a developer after the City Council voted for zoning changes to property that he owned. Just a year before the Council approved the zoning changes to Cook’s property, the developer donated $500 to Cook’s campaign.
Cook's Attacks on Families
Attacks on Healthcare
David Cook has embraced the Texas GOP platform and its calls to dismantle access to healthcare in the midst of a global pandemic. The platform calls for the repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that protects Texans with pre-existing conditions and provides access to quality, affordable healthcare and prescription drugs. The platform also calls for Trump Republicans like Cook to continue to block the expansion of healthcare for over 1 million Texans. Cook has embraced the Trump agenda of downplaying science and attacking healthcare for political gain.
Attacks on Public Schools
Cook has taken vast campaign funds from right-wing special interest groups dedicated to private school vouchers - shifting millions of dollars away from local neighborhood public schools and giving it to unaccountable private schools.