Monday, August 17, 2009

Texas Governor's Race

As widely expected, Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison announced her entry into the Texas Governor's race today. According to the Dallas Morning News, Senator Hutchison told a crowd in LaMarque that Governor Rick Perry ". . ..dedicated public servant. . .I know he loves Texas. But now he’s trying to stay too long.”
Senator Hutchison added some complaints about Perry's tenure -- high taxes, pricey college tuition, among others. We need "results, not politics," Senator Hutchison tells us, plus term limits for the Texas governorship. Yeah, I can see where she might have an interest in that. . .
I've never been overly sympathetic with a demand for term limits, I think if people are bored with a politician they can simply vote him out at the next election. But more fundamentally, I cannot find a reason for Senator Hutchison's candidacy, other than the fact she wants to be governor, Perry's had the job for awhile, and the Senator thinks it's her turn. Governor Perry's a dedicated public servant, and loves Texas, the Senator assures us -- but she's really got a beef with his "trying to stay too long." Sorry Senator, but that's not enough.
I'm going to support the Republican candidate for governor, whether it's Governor Perry, or Senator Hutchison, but I have been well satisfied with Rick Perry, and see no reason for a change. It would be better for Texas and the country if Senator Hutchison would abandon ideas of Austin, and keep her seat in the Senate. The Republican Party and the country have enough troubles without Senator Hutchison engineering needless faction fights, and producing opportunities for Texas Democrats to put another Obama supporter in the Senate.


hank_F_M said...

El Jefe

Looks like you are going to get a better choice than we are.

The Girl said...

This reminded me of a post I just read where this self proclaimed liberal stated she didn't know any of the candidates and was going to randomly pick one to vote for - WHAT?

If you can't see a reasons for why the individual is qualified to hold office, why vote at all?

Seems to me that your making an informed decision. Hope all is well :)

Anonymous said...

Senator Hutchison's reason for running is that, despite President Bush's well deserved unpopularity, and the results of the last election, it is far, far easier to be elected President if you are the Govenor of Texas than if you are a Senator from Texas.

El Jefe Maximo said...

Anon...I might quibble with "well-deserved" but your theory's as good as any, although Senator Hutchison's chances on that score should probably be in the snowball's in Hell category. Still, weirder things have happened.

MGK821ZA said...

I can't see that Hutchison's existence has had much value. She is just a Texas party gal and that is about all she has done in Washington during her time there. And now to complain about high tuition and high taxes when you can't really lower state univeristy tuition without increasing the support from the taxpayers. Let her retire and float a tube at Schlitterbahn.