The filing deadline for next year's elections is January 4. Waiting until after that date effectively forces everyone else on the ballot to run as if the dominoes won't fall.
Hutchison has been running for governor for months — she moved millions from her federal account to her state account in December 2008. And she has been planning — and planning publicly — to resign from the Senate to focus her attention on the race against incumbent Republican Gov. Rick Perry. She's lately backed off of that, telling supporters in a recent letter that she plans to wait until after the health care debate in Congress is over.
Now she's telling colleagues that she'll stay for that fight and for the cap-and-trade debate while she continues in her race for governor.
That pushes more than a half dozen politicians back into their holes, including Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, Attorney General Greg Abbott, state Rep. Dan Branch, former Solicitor General Ted Cruz, Railroad Commissioners Michael Williams and Elizabeth Ames Jones, state Sen. Florence Shapiro, and former Secretary of State Roger Williams, all Republicans; and Houston Mayor Bill White and former Comptroller John Sharp, both Democrats.
Friday, November 13, 2009
Video of Rick talking about Kay's resignation...
Texas Tribune has great coverage of the Kay non resignation announcement including some video of Rick before she made her announcement this afternoon(link). Excerpt follows...