We here at Letters From Texas Worldwide Headquarters are well aware that you, the members of the crap-reading public, are anxiously awaiting our recommendations for which Democrats to cast your vote for in the Democratic Primary. In fact, a crowd of people well into the single digits has already asked for our insightful opinions on the contested races at hand.
So since early voting starts today, without further delay here are our choices, oriented toward the Travis County area. If I don’t list a contested Travis County race, it’s because I don’t know enough about it to have an opinion worth sharing. Please note that half of the candidates below either have been or currently are clients of mine. No, I’m not telling you which ones, because you don’t really care. In fact, in some cases I’m recommending them despite that fact.
Bill White. If I have to explain this, you haven’t been paying attention – please leave this website immediately, or security will be summoned. The short story is that Bill White is the only candidate in this race who can beat Rick Perry this November, plus he’d make a great governor.
Linda Chavez-Thompson. She’s different. Different is good. She’s got a compelling story, and knows how to use it. She’s a delightful human being who gets it. And by “it” I mean “the needs of people who don’t work in the state Capitol, or sell deli sandwiches.”
Hank Gilbert. This is actually a closer call for me than it should be. On one hand, you have a guy who has run a goofy campaign. On the other hand, you have Kinky Friedman. It occurs to me that Kinky was probably not fully aware that tobacco was once a plant until he checked with his buddy Jim Hightower. Both candidates parked themselves in the race for Governor for a while, and Gilbert was running for Ag Commish, before switching to Governor, before switching back to Ag Commish. While Gilbert seems to have commitment issues with what he wants to be, at least he doesn’t have commitment issues with which political party he wants to go to the dance with. Coupled with the fact that in between Gilbert’s occasional mis-steps, he has also proposed some serious policy proposals, while Kinky frequently blathers on incoherently about stray dog stuff having nothing to do with the agriculture industry, and I have to go with Gilbert. Note to Kinky: in the event you win the Democratic primary anyway, your first stop needs to be Hank’s house, where you should apologize profusely, then very politely ask if you can steal Hank’s policy ideas from him for the general election. Hank is probably man enough to agree.
Jerry Patterson. Just kidding, Hector Uribe. I’ve known Hector for years, he cares deeply about increasing state revenue from public lands to help fund neighborhood schools, while at the same time protecting the environment and helping move Texas into a 21st Century renewable energy era. Also, his news releases are freakin’ brilliant.
Rebecca Bell-Metereau. She’s the best candidate to beat the whack-job Republican incumbent in November. What a concept – a State Board of Education candidate who actually gives a damn about public education? Let’s give it a shot.
Judge, 201st District
Amy Clark Meachum. Amy is a solid person, a solid Democrat, and will make a solid judge. Her opponent has made some very questionable decisions for herself which call her judgment and her Democratic cred into serious question.
County Commissioner, Pct. 4
Margaret Gomez. What’s the big deal? What has she screwed up? Nothing I can detect. I’m guessing the details are just a bunch of intramural sports. Gomez is worth returning to Commissioners Court.
County Court-at-Law #3
Olga Seelig. I genuinely like both candidates, and with either outcome, the earth would continue to revolve around the sun just fine. But until you conclude that there are just too many women and Hispanics representing folks in elected office…well, you get the picture – I’m voting for Olga. A diverse courthouse is a happy healthy courthouse. Olga has a compelling life story and has beat some long odds personally, with a lot of hard work and gumption. Seems to me that we need more people like that on the bench.