Protest Targets Hall Over Oil Connections

A Sherman man running for the district 4 congressional seat is using high gas prices to his benefit. Now local Democrats are taking aim at his opponent, a man they used to support.

The Grayson County Democrats and candidate Glenn Melancon erected a 12-foot oil well on the lawn of the Sherman Municipal Center with an effigy of Ralph Hall stuffing oil money in his pockets. They say it's a tongue-in-cheek reference to a comment he made to First News this summer.

Hall told First News in June that "I am not in Big Oil's pockets, but I am by their side." On Thursday, he repeated that statement, saying he still feels strongly about.

Local Democrats feel Hall is giving too many votes for Big Oil and against other issues like raising minimum wage and improving health care for seniors.

A couple of months ago, Hall was one of dozens of congressman that people protested across the nation for accepting donations from "Big Oil."