October 15, 2020

For Immediate Release

Communications Director: Jack Doyle

Kulkarni: Troy Nehls Must Come Clean on Ties to Texas Slumlord

Kulkarni calls on Nehls to explain payments from company that evicted low-income tenants during COVID-19 pandemic

Sugar Land, TX — Last night Lee Fang of the Intercept reported this: “Troy Nehls, the GOP candidate in the competitive Texas 22 district, is both the Fort Bend County Sheriff and a “security consultant” to a major apartment complex company?”

And as the Texas Observer’s Justin Miller then noted, “Notably, that company is Gatesco, owned by Fort Bend state Rep. Gary Gates, who has evicted more than 100 tenants during the pandemic.”

Fang’s cited Nehls’ personal financial disclosure revealing the Twice-Fired Cop has been paid more than $5,000 on the side as a “security consultant” from an apartment complex company owned by State Rep. Gary Gates, who has evicted more than 100 low-income Texans during the pandemic. This payment is in addition to thousands of dollars in campaign contributions made to the Nehls campaign from Gates and his wife.

Sri Preston Kulkarni issued the following statement:

“Troy Nehls needs to explain exactly what work he is doing for a company that evicts Texans from their homes while the coronavirus wreaks havoc on our economy and endangers people’s lives. How much money has he been paid by this company and what are his responsibilities?

“Nehls has failed to answer so many of the community’s concerns about his record. Why was he fired for misconduct? Why did he downplay the coronavirus? Why does he support the current lawsuit to kill the Affordable Care Act and leave millions of Texans without health care? This is just another explanation he owes the voters.”

Nehls already delayed his campaign “announcement” to ensure he could skirt the rules and keep collecting his sheriff’s salary at the taxpayers’ expense, but apparently that six-figure salary wasn’t enough for him.

This also isn’t the first time that Nehls has kept a job on the side, as that was one of the reasons he was cited for misconduct and eventually fired from the Richmond Police Department.

Nehls’ history of misconduct and abuse of any power he has is a matter of public record, and something he has yet to explain to voters.


Sri Preston Kulkarni is the son of an Indian immigrant father and a mother whose family descends from Sam Houston. Kulkarni is a former Foreign Service Officer who served fourteen years overseas in places like Iraq, Russia, and Jerusalem, and as a former Defense, Foreign Policy and Veteran Affairs Advisor to Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) before deciding to leave the foreign service and return home to run for Congress in 2018.

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