June 18, 2005


Strayhorn announces candidacy for governor (R.G. RATCLIFFE, 6/17/05 Houston Chronicle)

With the Capitol as a backdrop and a scorching sun beating down, Comptroller Carole Keeton Strayhorn turned the political heat up on Gov. Rick Perry today, formally announcing as a challenger to his re-election.

Strayhorn, saying she will run against Perry in next year's Republican primary, wasted no time in attacking her new opponent.

"You know that Texans cannot afford another four years of a governor who promises tax relief and delivers nothing," she said.

"Now is time to replace this do-nothing drugstore cowboy with one tough grandma," Strayhorn told a cheering crowd. [...]

Strayhorn has been able to brag in her statewide elections in 1996 and 2002 that she was the top vote-getter among Republican candidates in the general election.

But both times Strayhorn has been on the Republican primary ballot at the same time as the governor, Perry has received more of the primary vote. When she was running for re-election in 2002 and Perry was seeking election as governor, Perry received 80,000 more GOP primary votes than Strayhorn.

The GOP primary race was clarified on Friday when U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison announced she would seek re-election rather than join the contest to unseat Perry.

Posted by Orrin Judd at June 18, 2005 3:49 PM

Not really. She's a joke. It's good that her political career will be ending shortly.

Posted by: kevin whited at June 18, 2005 9:13 PM

Why would any Senator ever want to quit to become a governor?

Posted by: Robert Schwartz at June 18, 2005 9:45 PM

Robert - because it appears that the path to the Presidency is through a governorship, not the Senate.

Don't know if she is a joke or not but Hutchinson would have really caused a GOP feud in Texas.

Posted by: AWW at June 18, 2005 11:24 PM

Two sons work for him.

Posted by: oj at June 18, 2005 11:50 PM

. . . which is why Corzine of Joisey is resigning to run for governor. He wants to be the first (filthy rich) progressive President.

Posted by: obc at June 19, 2005 12:07 AM

OJ: The sons turned out well. The mom is a nut.

Hutchison probably would have also lost the primary, but it would have been a bloodbath betweeen social conservatives for Perry and GOP moderates. The GOP brain trust who headed that off (behind the scenes) deserve credit. The party hasn't been in charge in Texas long enough to start having those bloody sorts of affairs (although they are coming, and soon, I think).

Posted by: kevin whited at June 19, 2005 10:01 AM