Tuesday, October 20, 2009

When is Kay resigning?

Gardner Selby picks up on the resignation controversy (link). Excerpt follows...

If you're not a Texan yearning for a statewide office you don't currently hold, there's nothing troubling about Kay Bailey Hutchison's waffling over leaving the U.S. Senate to focus on running for governor.

But if you're angling for her could-be-available seat or another possible opening, it's all right to cry.

Rewind: Hutchison told Mark Davis of Arlington's WBAP-AM this week that she's not inclined to quit until congressional tussling over health care is over.

She'd told Davis in July that she would resign in October or November.

I believe Hutchison when she says people have urged her not to quit.

Example: Republican National Committee member Bill Crocker of Austin sent her a letter urging her to stay put and not run for governor. He hasn't heard back.

Yet Hutchison's indecision — revisited in political circles every time she talks about it — causes pain for others.

Because the health care debate could stretch out, ambitious Texans might not have an open office to consider before the candidate filing period ends in early January.

Potential front-line victims include Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, who's been open to bidding for the Senate, and Attorney General Greg Abbott, who's weighed a run for lieutenant governor since, oh, last century, though he's leery of taking on the wealthy Dewhurst.

Selby rightly concludes that voters won't decide on resignation timing but on the records and the campaign promises. I agree. I also think though that the more Kay waffles on this the more she loses credibility that she is definitely in the race...

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