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    Hutchison, Out.

    Hutchison, Out.

    Kay Bailey Hutchison announced today that she will not be seeking re-election for her Senate position. According to Hutchison, she has known this for quite some time. Considering the fact that she ran against Rick Perry for the governorship last year, I doubt that is really the case. However, I welcome her departure for whatever reason it has come about.

    The two contenders for the spot are both more suitable, but not by much: David Dewhurst is the current Lt. Gov of Texas and a presumptive heir to the Hutchinson throne. Dewhurst’s resumé doesn’t strike me as particularly impressive. From what I can derive, his major legislative contributions have been largely social (think proposing the death penalty on second-time child predators). I’m just as skeptical about the other rumored contender, Tom Leppert, the current mayor of Dallas. Between his indoor smoking bans, house building ordinances, and taxpayer-funded hotels, he looks more like a Bloomberg “Republican” than a true Texan.

    I could easily be wrong and I hope I am. Is anyone a better & more viable prospect for the Hutchison Senate seat from Texas.?

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    Dittos on the above commments.

    Michael Williams, Roger Williams and Elizabeth Ames Jones will be contenders. They were running in 2010 before KBH changed her mind about leaving the Senate.

    Of all the candidates mentioned, the best candidate is Michael Williams. Dewhurst cant be counted out because he has gobs of money and is Lt Gov, but Michael Williams will be the grassroots and Tea Party favorite. He has my support as a strong, articulate conservative.

    The two best conservative candidates appear to be Williams and Ted Cruz. The Dec. 31 issue of National Review has a decent article summarizing them entitled "Mutinies to Come."

    Williams, Williams, Williams!

    Bloomberg "Republican" is the exactly correct characterization of Leppert. In his defense, that's about all you're going to get in Dallas — but for Senator? Not only no, but Hell no!

    Think of Dewhurst as a Kennedy. Entitled lightweight. He probably has the most money and the best organization behind him, though.

    As with several of the above, Michael Williams is my guy. Good positions, good track record, "optics" of near-Rubio quality. I could live with Ted Cruz, but I don't think he has enough backing to get anywhere. He's a lawyer (Solicitor General), therefore not my favorite.

    Regards,
    Ric

    Commissioner Williams is a little too green for me.   That's 'green' as in alternative energy with heavy government subsidies!   Anyway.   With that typed, if Michael Williams makes the cut, I will be one of the first in line to vote for him come 2012.
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