Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Go Granny Go!

One has to wonder what’s going on in the Lone Star State. First the gentle lady from the Texas, Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison thought long and hard about giving up her senate seat and challenging the incumbent governor from her own party, Rick Perry.

Now it’s the current Texas Comptroller, Carole Keeton Strayhorn throwing her hat into the ring. Lest we forget to mention, Strayhorn is White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan's mother.

With his mom's announced candidacy for governor as an independent, McClellan came out and uttered his absolute first non-talking point.

“My mother cares deeply about Texas," 'baby boy' is quoted as saying by the Hosuton Chronicle. "[A]nd she has my full support."

As an independent, Strayhorn will avoid a head-to-head confrontation with Perry in the Republican primary.

Normally, the odds would appear long that any Democrat could win statewide office in Texas. But these are anything but normal times. Former congressman Chris Bell and former Texas Supreme Court Justice Bob Gammage are slugging it out for the Democratic nomination.

If the Democratic candidate fails, maybe Strayhorn, a former Democrat, can be the "one tough grandma” who brings order to Texas government.

With all the high shenanigans in Austin with Texas redistricting and DeLay’s recent indictments, granny has some tough words on her “Strayhorn for governor” Web site.

Texas belongs to no special interest group, no special political credo, no special individual. It belongs to all Texans.

And the job of our elected officials in Austin is not to divide us with partisan politics, but to bring all Texans together to get things done.

But in Austin these days, our Governor and many of our leaders seem more interested in scoring political points, pointing fingers and assigning blame than in fixing our problems.

It's full circle for Grandma. First as a Democrat, then as a Republican and now as an Independent. Perhaps she'll even split the vote enough so the Democratic candidate can squeeze through with a victory.

Yikes! Perry must have really ticked off a lot of Republicans. Better get ready for the office betting pool. For now, it's even money on the feuding granny.

"It's time to shake Austin up," Strayhorn is quoted by the Associated Press. And win or lose, her candidacy and battle cry represent good news for Democrats running against a Republican culture of corruption and cronyism in Texas and elsewhere.

Carol Keeton McClellan Rylander Strayhorn is a hack, pure & simple. I lived in Austin under her mayorality..

I'd vote for Kinky Friedman instead..

Native Texan .. I still feel I need a green card in Virginia.. & I've been here for 18 years..
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