Saturday, October 31, 2009

CQ reporting... New Texas GOP Chief Wants Straight Scoop From Senator

This story getting national buzz (link). Excerpt follows...

The new leader of the Texas Republican Party wants Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison to clarify if and when she plans to resign to concentrate on her bid for governor.

Cathie Adams, who was elected party chair Oct. 24, prefers that Hutchison's plans be known by Jan. 4, the candidate filing deadline for the March 2 primary.

The Jan. 4 date is noteworthy because some Republican officeholders on 2010 ballots might want to run for Hutchison's seat in a special Senate election that her resignation would spawn. Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst presently is running for re-election, but he's seen as a potential candidate for Hutchison's seat.

"It would help the people of the state of Texas to know more clearly, especially by Jan. 4, because if she resigns after that, we're going to throw things into quite an unknown," Adams said, according to the Austin American Stateman.

Under Texas law, the special Senate election would be held on May 8, though Gov. Rick Perry, could invoke emergency powers to schedule it for a different date.

Hutchison said this summer that she planned to resign in October or November, though she's backed away from that schedule, saying that she wants to participate in the Senate's consideration of health care policy. In running for governor she is not required to resign from the Senate, to which she was elected in a 1993 special election and re-elected in 1994, 2000 and 2006.

At least five Republicans are presently seeking the seat: state railroad commissioners Michael Williams and Elizabeth Ames Jones; Roger Williams, a former Texas secretary of state; state Sen.Florence Shapiro; and Andrew "Cas" Castanuela, an Air Force veteran.

Republican Rep. Joe L. Barton, who represents Texas' 6th District, might also seek the seat.

The Democratic candidates are Houston mayor Bill White andJohn Sharp, a former state comptroller.

Adams is supporting Perry over Hutchison in the anticipated primary.

I sometimes forget about Joe Barton. There is also Dan Patrick as a name that is thrown around sometimes...

Don't forget Tom Leppert either (link). Excerpt follows...
Hunt skeptical about Leppert Senate buzz

Nobody is talking about the elephant inside the City Council horseshoe.

Mayor Tom Leppert looks likely to run for the U.S. Senate, if Kay Bailey Hutchison resigns her seat to focus on running for governor against incumbent Rick Perry.

Leppert would have to resign as mayor to do it, and if he does, two council members are immediate contenders to replace him – Angela Hunt and Ron Natinsky.

Hunt, though, says she doesn't believe the hype.

"I don't have my 'Hunt for Mayor' signs ready to go," she joked.

Could be a real cluster...

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