Monday, August 10, 2009

Barton may run for Kay's seat?

Add yet another GOP name to the ring (link). Excerpt follows...

No one seems to be mentioning U.S. Rep. Joe Barton, R-Arlington, as a candidate to replace outgoing Sen.Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Texas.

Turns out that Barton — who came in third in the 1993 special election that Hutchison won in a runoff — is indeed thinking about running.

"Congressman Barton continues to watch the developments in Texas politics with an interested eye," spokesman Sean Brown said. "He believes serving the entire state of Texas as their next senator would be an honor. If and when an opportunity presents itself, he will discuss it with his wife, family and supporters before making any decision."

If he runs, Barton, a congressman since 1985, will not have to give up his seat, but he will have to do something pretty quickly about an awkward situation.

His longtime campaign consultant and spokesman,Craig Murphy, is also the spokesman for . . . Roger Williams, the Weatherford auto dealer and former secretary of state who — oops — is running for Senate.

Joe Barton, yet another intriguing name to a crowded field of Republicans. I think if and when Kay resigns, it will be a feeding frenzy... and Democrats will be smart to field as few candidates as possible so as not to split their votes.

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