Nacogdoches-based pipeline opponent files for Texas governor's race

NACOGDOCHES COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - Mike Bishop of Douglass is preparing to run for governor.

The outspoken Nacogdoches County landowner is known best for his ongoing legal battles over the Keystone X-L Pipeline.

Mike Bishop is frustrated with mainstream politics.

"Both parties in this country have failed. Both parties in the State of Texas have failed," said Bishop.

So the conservative turns to the Constitution Party of Texas not only as a supporter, but as a Gubernatorial Candidate.  Bishop likes the party's stand on,

"Protecting the inalienable rights of liberty and private property. That is a must right there," said Bishop.

Bishop lost his fight to keep Keystone XL off his property. He knows his race for governor is also an unlikely victory.

"It's not a matter of winning or expecting to win. I have no illusions or delusions of winning. I'm just here to say, ' You know what, I've had enough and I'm tired of voting for the lesser of two evils," said Bishop.

This week Bishop filed with the party his intent to seek candidacy. That's no guarantee voters will see his name on the ballot.

"We have to approach 50,000 people that did not vote in the primary and get them to put a signature on the petition and that puts us on the ballot."

Bishop says he stands for what he believes for the sake of his children and grandchildren.

"I've just had enough. I've had enough violation of my civil rights and my constitutional rights, our constitutional rights, nobody seems to care," said Bishop.

Bishop continues his legal lawsuits against agencies that approved the Keystone XL Pipeline to cross his 20 acres.  Wednesday he resubmitted legal papers in one suit to the U.S. District Court in Lufkin.

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