What this says to me is that Hutchison is unelectable in 2012. Her base has been compromised, and there is a large constituency that is already aligned against her. Clearly the door is open for Dewhurst or Roger Williams or Dan Patrick, or Michael Williams, or just about anybody with name recognition to challenge her. This poll isn’t going to help her fundraising either.
Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Mighty small-tent of the Texas Democratic Convention last week to deny access to Mark Miner, campaign manager for the enemy camp of Gov. Rick Perry. The explanation — that the convention was a place to support Democratic candidates and Democratic issues without reservation — sounded a might Orwellian. This from what we thought was the party of live-and-let-live, pro-open-access freedom of expression ‘n’ more.
Miner was asked to leave, Democratic Party spokeswoman Kirsten Gray confirmed.
"We didn't feel it was appropriate," she said.
Miner said he was there to raise questions about White's leadership in Houston and the $2 million contract to BTEC for providing emergency generators afterHurricane Katrina (White's former company had purchased BTEC and White himself invested money in the company a year after the hurricane.)
Miner was inside the convention center, preparing to get guest credentials from a friendly vendor when he was asked to leave. He did. But Republican folks earlier did hand out a free newsletter to delegates, the Whitewash Report, where all the news stories were attacks against White.
The fact that 400 journalists did not recognize how wrong their collusion, however informal, was shows an enormous ethical blind spot toward the pretense of impartiality. As journalists actively participated in an online brainstorming session on how best to spin stories in favor of one party against another, they continued to cash their paychecks from their employers under the impression that they would report, not spin the agreed-upon “news” on behalf of their “JournoList” peers.
The American people, at least half of whom are the objects of scorn of this group of 400, deserve to know who was colluding against them so that in the future they can better understand how the once-objective media has come to be so corrupted and despised.
We want the list of journalists that comprised the 400 members of the “JournoList” and we want the contents of the listserv. Why should Weigel be the only person exposed and humiliated?
I therefore offer the sum of $100,000 to the person who provides the full “JournoList” archive. We will protect that person’s privacy and identity forever. No one will ever know who became $100,000 richer – and did the right thing, morally and ethically — by shining the light of truth on this seamy underworld of the media.
79.5% of the media mentions for White were positive, and only 20.5% were negative.
For Perry, during the same time frame, the coverage was far more mixed: 45.6% of the media mentions were positive, and 54.4% were negative.
Are the press hoping for a tight race? Are they just waiting until Labor Day before they write the stories that are damaging to Bill White? Do they see their subscriber declines and layoffs as inevitable... so they just throw away all pretense of objectivity... trying to go out with a bang...
Whatever it is... it seems to have escalated from when I was more in the game... not that the working press were objective angels back then... but in this Rick versus Bill White race and many instances I see in other races in other states these days... the bias is beyond the old acceptable threshold... and credibility of news outlets out among the people is suffering dearly as a result.
Karen Hughes, the former George W. Bush strategist, predicts a good year for Republicans, calls the Obama oil spill response "almost unbelievably passive" and lauds Texas Gov. Rick Perry skill at surviving a widespread anti-incumbent mood.
At a panel discussion today on the midterm elections, she called the BP spill a good analogy for the political climate. Anxiety about unemployment, deficit spending and the new health care plan "has turned into anger, and it's spilling over in a way that our normal party leaders, from both parties, have really not been able to channel or control."
But incumbents can avoid the backlash if they're careful. "There was a good model in Texas, where Gov. Perry really showed a political tour de force running against Washington. He took a very popular incumbent senator, Kay Bailey Hutchison, and defeated her soundly in the primary by basically turning her strengths - which were to bring Washington dollars to Texas for projects there, and turn that against her. ... Anti-Washington is what is popular and what is selling right now."
Hughes, who advised and supported Hutchison during the primary fight with Perry, made the comments at a panel discussion on the midterms hosted by the George Washington University's Graduate School of Political Management.
Not surprising, but it does she she is a good sport and that Rick is consolidating support of Kay's peeps...
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
The Supreme Court's 5-4 ruling today, siding with a challenge to the city of Chicago's tough gun control law, underscores the stakes at Elena Kagan's confirmation hearing that starts this afternoon. It also vindicates the legal and political stance of Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison , R-Texas, who has worked with Montana's Democratic senator, Jon Tester, to fight gun restrictions.
Hutchison called it "a major victory for the rights of all Americans to protect themselves and their families. The Supreme Court once again sent a clear message to local, state, and federal governments: the individual right to keep and bear arms applies to all law abiding Americans, regardless where they live."
The ruling clarifies an earlier Supreme Court ruling that struck down gun restrictions in the city of Washington. Hutchison orchestrated a friend of the court brief in that case, Heller v. District of Columbia; the justices overturned the city's longstanding firearms ban 5-4, but left open whether the ruling applied to states and cities that, unlike Washington, aren't subject to federal oversight.
In today's case, Hutchison and Tester rounded up signatures from 309 senators and U.S. House members - the most ever to sign a friend of the court brief - to argue that individual gun rights under the Second Amendment do, in fact, trump state and local firearms restrictions aimed at law-abiding citizens.
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June 28, 2010
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On Day 113 of liberal trial lawyer Bill White refusing to release his taxes for his years in public service, the United States Supreme Court ruled that Second Amendment rights also apply to state and local governments with its decision in the McDonald v. Chicago case.
Bill White was an active member of the US Conference of Mayors while he was mayor of Houston, and on April 24, 2009, the US Conference of Mayors filed an amicus brief defending Chicago’s ban on handguns by arguing that the Second Amendment does not extend to state and local governments. [1,2]
Bill White has stood silent and allowed yet another big-government Washington-based special interest group to attempt to chip away at basic American freedoms.
The US Conference of Mayors has also endorsed the principles of Mayors Against Illegal Guns, a group founded by New York City Mike Bloomberg that White was a member of for years and which the National Rifle Association has called an “anti-gun front group.” [3,4]
“Supporting limitations on gun rights is yet another example of how out of touch Bill White is with the people of Texas,” said Texans for Rick Perry spokesman Mark Miner. “The Supreme Court’s decision that Second Amendment rights also apply to state and local governments is a defeat for Bill White and others who seek to restrict gun rights.”
 “Mayors Meet with President Obama, Vice President Biden, Key Cabinet Secretaries at White House on Implementation of Economic Recovery Plan,” US Conference of Mayors, 3/9/09, http://www.usmayors.org/usmayornewspaper/documents/03_09_09/pg3_mayors_i...
 “Local Gun Laws Tested in Federal Courts; Conference Files Brief in Chicago Case,” US Conference of Mayors, 5/11/09, http://usmayors.org/chs/uploads/amicus%20brief.pdf
 “Coalition History,” Mayors Against Illegal Guns, http://www.mayorsagainstillegalguns.org/html/about/history.shtml
 “The $500 Million Man?” National Rifle Association Institute For Legislative Action, 3/30/07, http://www.nraila.org/Legislation/Federal/Read.aspx?id=2828
"I think Republicans tend to take more risks than Democrats with social media," Farris says, pointing to the Perry campaign's Spanish-language Twitter account and reports that the Perry campaign has paid others to tweet and Facebook about the governor. Democrats, on the other hand, have generally have been more predictable.
But Red State blogger and CNN political analyst Erick Erickson, who points to Brewer's "terrible" tax and spending record, doesn't think much of her prospects for national office. "I am a bit appalled by conservatives building her up because of the immigration fight after she personally lobbied members of the state legislature to kill the bill and then kept it on her desk, refusing to sign it until she realized she could use it to help her. One issue and one fight does not make a conservative hero."
Americans for Tax Reform President Grover Norquist is likewise not impressed with the self-described "pragmatic conservative."
"She has made no effort to rein in spending," Norquist told The Examiner. "Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey has a hostile legislature, but he wrestled $10 billion the previous governor wanted to spend to the ground without a tax increase. So did the governor of Virginia."
Sunday, June 27, 2010
Thursday, June 24, 2010
Texas Democrats` So-Called "Watchdog" Misses Major Democrat Ethics Violations
For a self-proclaimed "watchdog," Democrat puppetmaster and activist Matt Angle manages to miss a lot. As several Texas Democrats have been hit with trials and ethics probes and corruption trials, and the Democrats' nominee for governor faces growing questions about his business dealings, Matt Angle has preferred to say nothing about his fellow Democrats while launching baseless attacks against Republicans.
"Matt Angle calls himself a watchdog, but he is the proverbial fox watching the henhouse," said Republican Party of Texas spokesman Bryan Preston. "The fact is, while Angle and his tangle of money pots and front groups create smoke where there's no fire on our side, his own party is burning down around him. This is their convention week, but if you look at some of the headlines, Angle's presiding over a convention in crime."
Former Democratic state Rep. Terri Hodge of Dallas reported to jail this week following her conviction on bribery charges. Angle said nothing. State Rep. Joe Heflin (HD-85) got slapped with fines for campaign finance violations this week. Angle said nothing. Democratic state Rep. Kino Flores is under indictment for a range of corruption charges. Angle said nothing about that. And the Democratic Party's nominee for governor, Bill White, has come under scrutiny for failing to disclose all of his tax returns during his years in public service. He has also come under fire for his relationship with BTEC, a company he steered business to following Hurricane Rita when he was mayor of Houston, and whose majority owner was paying him at the time.
And Angle said nothing.
Also saying nothing about any of these Democrat crimes and scandals are the leftwing front groups allied to Angle's goal to elect Democrats in Texas by any means necessary - the Soros-funded Texans for Public Justice and the Texas Values in Action Coalition, whose chief funder, Steve Mostyn, is also funding a Democratic state House candidate.
Angle has, however, admitted to colluding with Democrats in the state House to block voter photo ID, which is supported by about 70% of Texans across all political and demographic lines (Quorum Report, March 26, 2010).
According to a January 2010 Roll Call report, Matt Angle controls the Texas Democratic Trust, which in turn controls the Texas Democratic Party via the Trust's millions of dollars. The Trust's chief source of funding is the estate of the late Fred Baron, who made headlines in 2008 for paying to help conceal the relationship between former Democratic Senator, vice presidential nominee and presidential candidate John Edwards and his then campaign videographer, Rielle Hunter.
From the Washington, DC rowhouse where he pulls the Texas Democrats' strings, Angle said nothing about that, too.
1. Former Democrat state Rep. Terri Hodge goes to jail this week
2. Democrat State Rep. Kino Flores remains under corruption indictment
3. Democrat State Rep. Joe Heflin fined for campaign finance violations
4. Bill White under fire for business dealings as mayor of Houston
5. Deafeaning silence from Matt Angle/TPJ/TDP/TEXVAC
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
A Perry supporter points out that in the last PPP poll before the March 2 Republican primary, PPP had the race at Perry 40%, Hutchison 31%, Medina 20%, and said the race was headed for a runoff. Perry, of course, won without a runoff. If you put this together with their early polling in the race, which showed Hutchison with a 25-point lead on Perry, you can make a case that the firm does not have a good track record in Texas.
The world little noted nor long remembered Terry Sullivan’s clueless work as lead consultant for the Hutchison campaign before he returned to South Carolina with a suitcase full of her money. A Hutchison supporter sent me a gleeful e-mail noting the defeat of Sullivan’s candidate in the Palmetto State’s gubernatorial primary yesterday. State rep Gresham Barrett, Sullivan’s candidate, lost 65-35 to Nikki Haley yesterday in the South Carolina gubernatorial primary. The result was foreordained, as Haley had 49% on primary day.
Talk about a case of elitist conceit. Outgoing State Sen. Kip Averitt (R-Waco) managed to badly mangle his transition into political retirement, with a ham-handed withdrawal, forcing a series of very costly elections. Now, because a conservative has won the seat to fill his unexpired term, the Waco moderate is considering not withdrawing from the November ballot. And some politicos wonder why so many people have given up on what they see as a corrupt, good-old-boy system.
Averitt's comments in the online news source Texas Tribune came out on Tuesday, curiously coinciding with the special election to fill the unexpired term created when Averitt resigned his seat for vague health reasons.
By way of history, Mr. Averitt announced he wouldn't seek re-election too late for his name to be removed from the 2010 March primary ballot. Through a series of backroom dealings and whisper campaigns, he still managed to win the primary. That means absent other action, he is the GOP nominee for November. So then he resigned his seat so he could give his predecessor (lobbyist David Sibley) a chance to re-take the seat in a special election.
But he has cynically held on to the nomination – apparently as a trump in case the voters got uppity.
As they did. It seems voters weren't interested in having a squishy senator-turned-lobbyist in the seat. After all, he stepped out a decade ago to go take up a lobby practice (representing some taxing entities, by the way) -- even listing his Austin home as his primary residence for tax purposes.
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Apparently Rick Perry is attacking up because we showed him losing the primary- a year before the primary was actually held!
Texans for Public Justice is a shady liberal trial lawyer front group... no wonder they are filing frivolous complaints...
(AUSTIN, TX) Texans for Public Justice calls itself a non-partisan watchdog group that focuses on political campaign contributions in Texas, but the only contributions publicly reported on their 2005 tax filing came from some of those big political campaign contributors they claim to be monitoring -- personal injury trial lawyers.
TPJ has long refused to disclose their funders, but their 2005 tax report reveals that three high-profile personal injury trial lawyer firms “Baron & Budd and Silber Pearlman, LLP in Dallas and Williams Bailey, LLP in Houston -- gave a total of $50,000 dollars to the organization last year, almost a third of the total organizational budget. TPJ did not report the source of the additional $107,000 in contributions they collected.
At yesterday's press conference, Democratic nominee for governor Bill White accused Perry of breaking his promise to refuse a pay raise passed by the Legislature. Another reporter told Bill White that Perry actually promised to donate the increase to charity. We called the Perry campaign yesterday to ask for clarification. Campaign press secretary Alejandro Garcia told LSR that Perry, in fact, donated the raise to three charities for 2007-08. The three charities are the Texas Association Against Sexual Assault, the March of Dimes, and the Special Operations Warrior Foundation.
Monday, June 21, 2010
Question: If the General Election for U.S. Senate were held today and the candidates were Democrat candidate Kendrick Meek, Republican candidate Marco Rubio and Independent candidate Charlie Crist, for whom would you vote?
- • Kendrick Meek: 14%
- • Marco Rubio: 31%
- • Charlie Crist: 42%
Sunday, June 20, 2010
Friday, June 18, 2010
The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Likely Voters in Texas now finds Perry with 48% of the vote, while Democratic challenger Bill White picks up 40% support. Five percent (5%) prefer some other candidate, and eight percent (8%) are undecided.
A month ago, Perry crossed the 50% mark for the first time in the contest, leading White, a former Houston mayor, 51% to 38%.
Still, in surveys stretching back to January when White first entered the race, Perry’s support has remained in the narrow range of 47% to 51%. White’s support has fluctuated from a low of 38% to a high of 44%.
Fifty-three percent (53%) of all voters in the state now approve of the job Perry is doing as governor. Forty-five percent (45%) disapprove. This marks little change from a month ago.
Perry holds a double-digit lead among male voters, while White edges him slightly among female voters. Voters not affiliated with either major party prefer the Republican by 14 points.
Some GOP stalwarts plan to vote for Bill White
Among the reasons: Hutchison defeat, honesty, 'smarts', eminent domain
By JOE HOLLEY
Saturday, June 12, 2010
The Austin American-Statesman reported it this way: “As the storm was walloping parts of Houston, [Bill] White helped line up private companies to provide goods and services as part of a massive relief effort. One of those companies was Btec Turbines, where White had served on the board of directors before he was mayor.”
Turns out Bill White made a million-dollar investment in the company after he handed them business during the hurricane. And what came of that one million dollar investment? Somehow, defying all but the Hillary Clinton cattle-futures market rules, Bill White turned that million into one-and-a-half-million.
Yes, it is evidence that Bill White may be competent investor. The only problem with his method of investing is that it’s a method you and I cannot use. The average American investor does not have the ability to hand no-bid emergency contracts to our friends, with whom we are tied at the hip, and then stick around to enjoy the profits made from the taxpayers’ money.
What’s wrong with Wall Street, in-part, is what’s wrong with Bill White: Too many tentacles of government and super-investors all tangled together for the mutual benefit of themselves at the expense of everyone else.
If elected governor, which firms will Bill White award business to, invest in, and then enjoy fifty-percent returns on investment from? Is this the behavior Texans want to install in Office of Governor?
No... it's not... especially when things have been going so well for Texas in recent years... why cast that off for this corrupt guy with no charisma? I don't get my some of the liberal Democrats are still so gung ho about Bill White? He has no chance.
Friday, June 11, 2010
Why would a man with a plan take a chance on an investment that, while not illegal in the slightest, raises questions and supplies ammunition to an opponent?
I raised that question this morning with Bill Miller, an Austin political consultant who advises candidates and companies. As Miller noted, every politician is constantly making that calculation. "If the deal is profitable enough," he said, "they're willing to take the risk." (By risk, he means political risk, not financial risk.)
White, a man of constant and careful calculation as best I can tell, must have decided that his million-dollar investment in BTEC Turbines, a company with which he'd had dealings as mayor, was worth any potential risk.
Like a champion boxer burrowing in, they attacked him at his strongest points: his successful tenure as mayor, particularly during the aftermath of the hurricanes, and his reputation for probity.
"By campaign standards, that was highly professional, A-plus work," Miller said.
"I think Bill White is in serious trouble," Miller said this morning. "It's early enough to recover, but so far in the campaign his direction has been backward, and that's a disturbing trend."
What do you think, dear reader: Has Rick "Pretty Boy" Perry landed a Tysonian blow to the solar plexus of his plucky challenger? Or, since we're still in the early rounds, can Battlin' Bill White bounce back?
HOUSTON (KTRK) -- Governor Rick Perry says Bill White should drop out of the gubernatorial race if he can't clear up allegations he profited from Hurricane Rita. Today White is doing just that.Bill White says that Governor Rick Perry is clouding the issue with lies and falsehoods.
"He's well known for slash and burn type politics to keep himself in office perpetually through his political career," White said.
White explained that what Perry calls 'profiting from Hurricane Rita' was in reality an effort to respond to an emergency by recommending a company called BTEC to help supply temporary power to the coastal water authority. A year later he did invest in BTEC and turned a profit. He says the two are unrelated.
"It's a good company," White said. "I've been in the power business before. I was on the board of the NERC. I liked their business plan and I made an investment in that company."
White says BTEC was one of many energy related investments he made as mayor. And that Perry is twisting the facts to draw attention away from his own mismanagement as a career politician.
"The governor doesn't want to be accountable for his own record as a state employee," White said.
Thursday, June 10, 2010
Former University of Texas regent Bob Rowling, whose support for U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison sparked one of the bitter skirmishes of the GOP primary battle, is one of the statewide campaign chairmen announced today by Gov. Rick Perry.
Perry had appointed Rowling to the board of regents, but the Irving businessman supported Hutchison for governor. Rowling then resigned from the board of regents after criticism by state senators over a $1 million bonus to the top higher education investment official. A letter from Perry and Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst had brought the bonus issue to the forefront, and Hutchison accused the GOP incumbent of playing politics to embarrass Rowling.
Rowling said after the primary that he'd support Perry, and his newest position cements his return to the Perry camp in a prominent role.
Here's Perry's press release:Texans for Rick Perry today announced its statewide leadership team, which includes more than 125 supporters from across the state who are working together to re-elect Gov. Perry.
"Because of a shared belief in the conservative values that have fortified a solid foundation for our state, we have built the most effective leadership team our state has ever seen," said Gov. Perry. "I am thankful for the commitment of these individuals to share my vision for Texas' future and uphold the positive momentum that our state has achieved through our dedication to principles of limited government, low taxes and individual freedom."
Ned S. Holmes
Statewide Finance Chairmen
Roy W. Bailey
Statewide Regional Leadership Team:
Regional Finance Chairmen
Vance C. Miller
North Texas Co-Chairs
Louis A. Beecherl
Arlington Finance Co-Chairs
Collin County Finance Co-Chairs
Dallas Finance Co-Chairs
Dr. John Gill
Milla Perry Jones
Fort Worth Finance Co-Chairs
Ramona and Lee Bass
Joy Ann Havran
Iris and Ardon Moore
Waxahachie Finance Chair
Regional Finance Chairman
Southeast Texas Co-Chairs
Paul Murphy, Jr.
Michael J. Plank
Charles W. Tate
Beaumont Finance Chair
Bryan/College Station Finance Chair
Houston Finance Chair
Houston Finance Co-Chairs
Steven F. Hotze, M.D.
Wil VanLoh, Jr.
Welcome Wilson, Sr.
Welcome Wilson, Jr.
Montgomery County Finance Chairs
Nelda and Jim Blair
Sugar Land Finance Chair
Dr. Ayeez Lalji
Regional Finance Chairman
Austin Finance Chair
Austin Finance Co-Chairs
San Antonio Finance Chair
Waco Finance Co-Chairs
Williamson County Finance Co-Chairs
Hon. Nyle Maxwell
Regional Finance Chairman
West Texas Co-Chairs
Abilene Finance Chairs
Gina and Tucker Bridwell
Amarillo Finance Co-Chairs
El Paso Finance Co-Chairs
Lubbock Finance Co-Chairs
Dr. Randy Hickle
Pam and Fred Underwood
Midland Finance Co-Chairs
Renee and Mickey Long
Odessa Finance Co-Chairs
Dr. J.B. Naidu
Regional Finance Chairman
South Texas Co-Chairs
Glenda and Jerry Kane
Brownsville Finance Chair
Corpus Christi Finance Co-Chairs
Laredo Finance Chair
Antonio "Tony" Salinas
McAllen Finance Chair
Dr. Fred Farias
Mission Finance Co-Chairs
Hon. Beto Salinas
Regional Finance Chairman
Gaylord T. Hughey
East Texas Co-Chairs
Dr. Dixon Golden
Lonnie "Bo" Pilgrim
Athens Finance Chair
Carthage Finance Chair
Dr. Dennis Golden
Center Finance Chair
Centerville Finance Chair
Crockett Finance Chair
Dr. John McCall
Henderson Finance Chair
Jacksonville Finance Chair
Longview Finance Chairs
Linda and Dick Stebbins
Lufkin Finance Co-Chairs
Mineola Finance Chair
Mount Pleasant Finance Chair
Nacogdoches Finance Co-Chairs
Palestine Finance Chair
Paris Finance Chair
Pittsburg Finance Chair
Dr. Rex Law
Texarkana Finance Chair
Tyler Finance Co-Chairs
Dr. Margarita de la Garza-Grahm and Dr. Tom Grahm
Here's where The Houston Way comes into play. As noted by Root in his reporting (and above), Btec Turbines is a private company. That means small-time investors like you and me don't generally have any ability to invest in the company, no matter how impressed we might be with their performance during a regional weather event or otherwise. It also means that even while serving as an elected public official, Mayor Bill White was actively building his personal wealth in part from knowledge gained as a public official and in part by taking advantage of an apparently fantastic investment opportunity that most members of the public could not.
That arrogant little exercise in investing may not shock locals familiar with The Houston Way (by which Houston's elites sometimes do "bidness"), but perhaps it does explain why the White campaign resisted for so long releasing the candidate's tax records. The way Houston's elites sometimes do "bidness" may not appeal to a statewide audience!
Wednesday, June 9, 2010
Gov. Rick Perry said Wednesday that Democrat Bill White should leave the governor's race it's true that he owned part of a company that got taxpayer money to deal with Hurricane Rita while White was mayor.
“By his own admission, Bill White intervened regarding a contract given to BTEC, a company he had personal financial ties with, to provide generators for the Houston Coastal Water Authority following Hurricane Rita’s landfall in 2005. If this is true, and Bill White did unethically steer taxpayer dollars to a company he had a personal financial stake in, I am calling on him to immediately resign from the race for governor.
“Hurricane Rita was one of the worst natural disasters to ever hit our state, affecting hundreds of thousands of Texans. For the mayor of Houston to engage in profiteering during a tragedy is unacceptable and local authorities should investigate this alleged violation of public trust, as well as any others that may exist. Bill White has an obligation to the people of Texas to address these allegations immediately.
“There is no greater responsibility for a governor than to protect citizens from a natural disaster. I am proud that Texas is a national leader in emergency preparedness and response, and I will continue to make this a priority as we enter the current hurricane season.”
Perry's remarks were made in response to an Associated Press report that White invested in a company — Btec Turbines — that was hired, when he was mayor, to assist in the cleanup after Hurricane Rita. White was on the company's board before he was mayor, and invested $1 million in the company after the hurricane work was done. He told the news service he made $500,000 on that investment. Katy Bacon, his campaign spokeswoman, reiterated Wednesday that White had no conflict of interest, because he had no financial stake in the firm at the time it was receiving government money. "Career politician Rick Perry has sunk to new lows," she said via email. "His attack on Bill White's leadership after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita is not only false, but absolutely appalling. Bill White had no financial interest in BTEC during that time."
Quotes in the governor’s campaign rhetoric have rarely been attributed to the governor himself, but instead to a spokesman.
If you think there are a lot of competitive Senate races this year just wait for 2012. We've found 9 of the 16 folks we've polled since October who are up for reelection next year with negative approval ratings.
It might be easier to start with the list of who's doing alright- the folks in positive territory in order of their net approval are Olympia Snowe (+15), Tom Carper (+13), Jeff Bingaman (+12), Herb Kohl (+10), Kay Bailey Hutchison (+3), and Jim Webb (+2)
Even within those folks who are doing comparatively well there's the potential for some competitiveness next time. Snowe's popular because Democrats like her and could have difficulty winning another Republican primary. Hutchison just showed she's capable of getting trounced in a primary and that could embolden a more conservative challenger to her, although it's doubtful such a candidate would be remotely on par with Rick Perry.
KBH will get absolutely hammered from both sides for credibility issues. She said she'd quit the Senate to campaign for Governor. Then she said, no, I'll quit after the campaign. Then she lost and said, no, I'll quit in 2012. Guess what -- wrong again.
JUNE 4, 2010 1:14 PM
Word is that Texas' favorite political frenemies, Hutchison and Perry, will be together this week for the first time since their fractious primary election. The chill is gone ... or at least the political necessity has arrived of presenting a united Republican Party if the GOP hopes to win big in the fall. The governor and senator are expected to appear together at the Texas Federation of Republican Women breakfast at the state Republican Convention in Dallas.This ought to be interesting... but Rick and Kay... especially Kay... both need to do more to show unity in 2010 at least.