On the Trail: NY-23 and Texas
by Charles Lemos, Sat Nov 28, 2009 at 03:25:36 PM EST
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.