And he most recently switched to the GOP. In 2011, he left the Democrat Party, expressing concerns that they were too anti-family and out of touch with the views of regular Americans. Governor Rick Perry and other top Texas Republican officials held a press conference to welcome him into the fold. He went on to easily win reelection in 2012 under his new party label despite local southeast Texas Democrat vows to defeat him "at any cost." J.M. represents a district in suburban Corpus Christi, about a 2 hour drive from the border with Mexico (Brownsville/Matamoros). South Texas young adults, regularly cross the border to Matamoros to drink legally. Additionally, Spring Breakers in nearby South Padre walk across the bridge to drink in Matamoros. From ValleyCentral.com, "Lower drinking age raises concern" Feb. 4:Notably, there is a Navy base in Corpus. And a multitude of Army and Air Force bases nearby in San Antonio. The local Nanny-Staters are out in force to stop Republican Lozano. Continuing:
A south Texas legislator wants to lower the decades old drinking age of 21 to 18 for those on active duty in the military. Kingsville State Representative J.M. Lozano filed House Bill 892 on Friday in hopes of allowing military personnel who legally drink alcohol abroad, to be able to do so here at home. In a phone interview Lozano said “if you're old enough to die for your country, you ought to be to old enough to drink a beer."
Local MADD representative Ana Verley says it has nothing to do with maturity. "Research shows that drinking alcohol at a younger age can cause long term brain damage so that’s why the drinking age is 21, not a maturity level,” Verley said. Statistics show drinking age and roadside fatalities are strongly linked. "When the drinking age was raised, fatalities went down, every time the drinking age gets lowered fatalities go up,” Verley said.Note to Ms. Verley: It has nothing to do with fatalities or "brain damage." This is strictly an issue personal liberty. THE EDITORS AT LIBERTARIAN REPUBLICAN WISH TO SEND OUT A HEARTY THANK YOU TO REPRESENTATIVE J.M. LORENZO. YOU ARE A A TRUE FRIEND OF LIBERTY.