Letters From Texas Democratic Primary Recommendations

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.

Governor
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.

Lt. 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.”

Agriculture Commissioner
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.

Land Commissioner
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.

SBOE
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.

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4 Responses to Letters From Texas Democratic Primary Recommendations

  1. Anonymous February 16, 2010 at 5:20 pm #

    AusChron says YES, Gomez has screwed up, and I agree: “as we stated…of her four years ago, ‘We wish that she would come out of her shell more often to battle publicly on particular issues.’ Since that time, Gómez consistently failed to deliver on that challenge, opting instead to hide behind one state statute or another on controversial issues – e.g., labor or the environment – over which the county has too limited control. We need a commissioner who has a vision and the drive to implement it and who takes stands on issues, if only for the sake of doing what’s right and helping set the stage for a change in political conditions…. We endorse Alvarez as more likely to consistently take on that responsibility.”

  2. FUBAR February 16, 2010 at 5:23 pm #

    Anonymous (if that is indeed your real name): thanks for re-stating the Austin Chronicle endorsement here. In the event the Austin Chronicle re-prints my endorsements there by about this time tomorrow, I’ll think about not zapping your comment. :)

  3. whiskeydent February 16, 2010 at 11:11 pm #

    Gee, I don’t recall Alvarez as a profile in courage when he served on the City Council. He certainly pales in comparison to the current occupant of his council seat.

  4. Not Raul February 18, 2010 at 2:34 pm #

    whiskeydent…agree with the city council assessment, but think about this for a second. If Raul makes Margaret get rocked on her heels…what does that say about Margaret. She has been on Cap Metro Board for last 11 years – nuff said. He has stalled in implementing the homestead preservation district that Rep Rodriguez and CM Martinez have worked on for years. She killed the county joining in, a requirement under the legislation. She does nothing to push back staff when they feed her crap. She just goes right along and never leads. She touts that she voted for this, voted for that….good. But what has she championed and gotten across the finish line…NOTHIN!

    I hope Raul kicks her but, and I think he will. But if he doesn’t. We have lost nothing. Because nothing will change. And nothing will continue to happen at the county in Pct. 4.

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