Up with Chuck!

As has been widely reported elsewhere, State Representative Chuck Hopson, formerly a Democrat, switched parties last week. Now, instead of facing a possible challenge to his re-election in next November’s general election, he faces a tough election in hotly-contested Republican primary.

I, for one, will not criticize my old friend Chuck Hopson. His vote was always there when the House Democratic Caucus needed it. I know this must have been a difficult decision for him to have made. Personally I was surprised, because Chuck was a good and loyal Democrat who has always said that he’d rather retire from public office than join with those same East Texas Republicans whose votes he now seeks.

But there’s good news! Chuck says that he will continue to vote just as he has in the past, indicating that he won’t change a bit. This is a vast relief. I really hate it when a politician changes his stripes just to get re-elected. I think it’s a liberal breath of fresh air to see a liberal Democrat like Chuck Hopson liberally and fearlessly defend his liberal positions even in a Republican primary, facing off against a growing crowd of true conservatives who reflect the attitudes of Republican primary voters so well.

I have deep roots in Hopson’s area, and the two of us have a lot in common. Two generations of my family are buried in the cemetery outside of Palestine. My grandfather was even the pharmacist in Palestine, 50 years or more before Chuck himself began selling drugs to people, including children.

I feel a strong connection to Chuck. That’s why when Chuck’s Republican primary election battle heats up next Spring, I plan to personally travel to East Texas to help him campaign to keep his job.

I will visit all the newspapers in the region, starting with Palestine and Jacksonville, where I can tell all the reporters who will listen that as a progressive Democratic Austin insider who supports abortion and equal rights for gay Texans, and opposes prayer in schools, I am so very proud of liberal Chuck Hopson, who has been in Austin for so very very long. I want everybody in his district to know it, and I know Chuck will be pleased.

I will book myself as a guest on some of the conservative radio programs in Chuck’s district, where I can explain how time after time, Chuck bravely stood with the House Democratic Caucus. I might even get a chance to explain my views on abortion, gay rights, and prayer in schools on the radio too. I could also publicly mull over who Chuck may have cast his vote for in the most recent primary election he voted in – Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton. I’m sure Chuck will be thrilled to learn of this.

I may even spend money out of my own pocket to send targeted direct mail to likely Republican primary voters all over Chuck’s district, explaining to them that there are a lot of liberal Democrats in Austin who, despite Chuck’s party switch, very much need Chuck to return to the Legislature, so he can continue to vote with the Democrats, just as he has assured everybody he will do.

“I will vote like I have always voted,” he told the Jacksonville Progress newspaper last weekend. “I don’t anticipate anything will change.”

The good people of Chuck Hopson’s district, even Republican primary voters, need to know that there are countless liberals in Austin who, like me, deeply admire Chuck. We need to help Chuck get the word out, so that Republican primary voters can hurry up and send him back to Austin – he clearly loves it here so much better than his native East Texas, and fits in so well with the Austin insiders.

I know Chuck will appreciate me helping him spread the word. But I’m only one voice, so I need your help. Please join the “Up With Chuck” movement today!

Here’s an update



10 Responses to Up with Chuck!

  1. Brutus November 10, 2009 at 10:29 pm #

    Good luck campaigning in Palestine, since it’s not in Chuck’s district and they won’t care.

  2. whiskdeydent November 10, 2009 at 10:32 pm #

    FUB, I got misty-eyed as I read this. Like Chuck, you are a true liberal hero.

    It’s tough for Chuck to carry the liberal banner in East Texas, yet he bravely soldiers forward — against God in the classroom but for gay rights, gray whales, and gun regulation.

    I am certain that core Republicans — such as the teabaggers — will Up With Chuck in March.

    I mean, they wouldn’t do anything crazy, would they?

  3. FUBAR November 10, 2009 at 10:42 pm #

    Brutus – subscriptions to the Palestine news paper do not end at the borders of Hopson’s district, nor do the radio waves.

  4. Mean Rachel November 10, 2009 at 10:48 pm #

    I have it on good authority that the “Yes We Did – And It Was Hot” Pro Choice Women for Hopson Committee would be happy to endorse him in the primary.

  5. Brutus November 10, 2009 at 11:02 pm #

    FUBAR – I can tell you right now that most people in the 4 counties of Hopson’s district (including Cherokee, which abuts Anderson) don’t read the Palestine Herald. That’s also not the only comment which suggests Palestine is in HD11.

  6. FUBAR November 10, 2009 at 11:06 pm #

    Brutus – take a joke buddy. This ain’t rocket surgery.

  7. Brutus November 10, 2009 at 11:15 pm #

    I got the joke. And it’s funny, because that’s how Chuck’s last opponent painted him. Only that last election wasn’t in the primary and this one is. What really adds to this whole situation is that the guy running against Chuck in the GOP primary supported him in 08 instead of his Republican opponent.

  8. FUBAR November 10, 2009 at 11:38 pm #

    thanks for your input, Chuck.

  9. cactusflinthead November 11, 2009 at 1:17 am #

    Fubar snags another one. This blog is read by such extinguished people.
    (Nod to Gib)

  10. whiskeydent November 11, 2009 at 5:23 pm #

    FUB, I don’t think it’s Chuck. It’s Dennis.

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