On the Trail: NY-23 and Texas

Two updates on races around the country.

NY-23 Congressional District
After conceding the NY-23 congressional race to Democrat Bill Owens for the second time last week, the darling of the Tea Party crowd Doug Hoffman has announced his intention to run again for the seat in 2010. More at CNN.

Texas Governor's Race
Fort Worth attorney and former US Ambassador Tom Schieffer dropped out the Texas governor's race earlier this week and urged the remaining Democratic candidates to unite behind Houston Mayor Bill White as the party's best chance to beat whoever emerges from the Rick Perry versus Kay Bailey Hutchison Republican primary. Schieffer was the first major candidate to enter the Democratic primary race for governor but struggled to ignite enthusiasm for his candidacy. The race for the Democratic nomination has drawn several lesser known second-tier candidates including Austin author Kinky Friedman, Fort Worth educator Felix Alvarado, Whitehouse rancher Hank Gilbert and Houston hair care magnate Farouk Shami, who has pledged to put $10 million of his own money into the race. Alvarado and Shami are political novices making their first run for office; Friedman ran for Governor in 2006 as an independent while Gilbert was the Democratic candidate for Texas Agricultural Commissioner in 2006.

Houston Mayor Bill White is currently seeking the US Senate seat now held by Republican Kay Bailey Hutchison but there are expectations growing that he may switch and run for Texas Governor. More from the Fort Worth Star Telegram.

Tags: Campaign 2010, Doug Hoffman, NY-23, texas (all tags)



Whoa whoa, Correction

Gilbert was the Democratic nominee for Agriculture Commissioner in 2006. He had strong Grassroots support in his 2006 election and is still beloved by the democratic grassroots. He's a good guy, and I expect him to move back to Agricultural Commissioner or Land Commissioner in the 2010 cycle.

by Trowaman 2009-11-28 07:21PM | 0 recs
Re: Whoa whoa, Correction


by Charles Lemos 2009-11-28 07:29PM | 0 recs
Describing Kinky as a 'Writer'

doesn't begin to get at it. This man is a cultural icon. I mean how many people could get away touring a band called Kinky Friedman and the Texas Jewboys

Not that Kinky isn't serious about the issues, because he is, lets just say he has a lot of layers.

by Bruce Webb 2009-11-29 08:38AM | 0 recs


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