It always fascinates me how politicians who are running for office find ways to warp and spin their records to appeal to every audience regardless of what their past positions and actions really were. Ambiguous votes on peculiar bills, supporting legislation they know will get voted down just to get it on their resume, authoring hopeless bills which die in committee to pander to a single-issue constituency, trading endorsements with other candidates which are full of qualifiers which can then be quoted out of context — all of these are fair game when it's time to hoodwink the voters.
Here in the Austin area, Democrat Mark Strama (Texas House District 50) has been particularly adept at trading favors and distorting his record to try to strengthen his position in a district which is fairly evenly split between Democrat and Republican voters. To win and hold his seat he has had to make deals with Republicans and do everything he can to win Republican votes, but since he doesn't actually vote much like a Republican that means misrepresenting the substance of his record on key issues. He's clearly feeling the pressure from insurgent Republican Patrick McGuiness and the resulting mendacity is enlightening.
To win over Republican voters, Strama has made use of supportive quotes from Republican Representative Jim Keffer (Tecas House District 60) to look like a model of bipartisanship. In 2006 Keffer said that Strama "worked with Republicans to cut property taxes and keep our public schools open." Yet further investigation demonstrates that Strama really didn't do either of these things.
The truth is that Strama did not work on or support any major education initiatives and actually voted against property tax reductions twice in 2006. I can't imagine how voting against property tax reductions can possibly be defined as working for them, except maybe by a definition broad enough to classify opposing legislation as an important collaborative role.
What Strama actually did do in 2006 was to support Keffer's anti-business, job destroying and tax increasing franchise tax bill, one of the most negative pieces of legislation to come out of the Texas legislature this decade. This is a classic example of a corrupt bargain. Keffer needed votes from Strama and other Democrats to pass his tax increase, and as payback he provided Strama with a supportive quote to use in his next campaign to hoodwink fiscally conservative Republicans into voting for a tax and spend leftist.