Gromer has a good story (link). Excerpts follow...
The main attraction for Saturday's D-Day celebration in Denison was Capt. Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger, the hero of US Airways flight 1549 who in January saved 155 lives by successfully landing a crippled plane in the Hudson River.
But it was Gov. Rick Perry who got two standing ovations, along with the admiration of a schoolteacher who didn't recognize him at first, but then eagerly snapped photos of the governor.
"I've got to show these to my kids," she was overheard saying, while others in the crowd, in between peeks at the nearby parade, buzzed about the upcoming campaign between Perry and Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison.
The senator was also in North Texas, and both she and Perry ended up in Arlington on Saturday night for the opening of Cowboys Stadium.
You can expect to see much more of Hutchison and Perry in the Dallas area between now and the March 2010 primary for governor.
On Saturday, Perry was trying to win any vote he could get.
He skipped the planned parade and instead shook hands with Boy Scouts and war veterans. Then he posed for pictures with anyone with a camera.
"I'm always about the retail politics," he said afterward.
Even though the primary is less than a year away, many voters remain undecided.
In a race that could cost more than $50 million between them, the scramble for suburban voters could be intense.
For now, Collin County precinct chairman David Burson is torn between two candidates he "would be happy with."
"Both are strong," said Burson, who is from Allen. "I like Governor Perry because Texas is in good shape financially, and he's been a good fiscal conservative. Kay Bailey Hutchison has been an excellent senator.
"I just don't know."
Good article. I think a lot of people are still up in the air, and a lot of people won't saddle up with a side until January of 2010.