December 6, 2009

ANTI-OIL IN TEXAS?:

Houston mayor jumps into Texas governor's race (MICHAEL GRACZYK and JAY ROOT, 12/04/09, Associated Press)

Houston Mayor Bill White abandoned his campaign for U.S. Senate on Friday in favor of a run for Texas governor. [...]

White served as a deputy secretary of energy under former President Bill Clinton. He resigned from the Clinton team in 1995 to become state Democratic chairman, made a fortune in private business, then embarked on the costliest mayoral race in Houston history in 2003. He was re-elected twice with large margins and received high marks for his response to Gulf Coast hurricanes, including national recognition for opening Houston to tens of thousands of people who fled New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.

He's drawn criticism, however, for being too reluctant to crack down on illegal immigrants and being too eager to support Democratic efforts to limit carbon emissions.

"Bill White wants Texans to believe that he is a moderate Democrat, but that's not his record," Texas GOP chairwoman Cathie Adams said. "The fact is, Bill White is a liberal in moderate's clothing and his record proves it."

White has a difficult run ahead of him.

No Democrat has held the Texas governor's office since Ann Richards was ousted by Bush in 1994 after only one four-year term. Republicans now hold all statewide elected offices and have crushed Democrats by huge margins since the late 1990s. Big-city Texas mayors also have traditionally had difficulties winning office statewide.

Posted by Orrin Judd at December 6, 2009 7:58 AM
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