TX-Governor: Bill White is Running, of Course
I have a bad habit: I believe politicians when they say things. For example, I believed that Houston Mayor Bill White was running for Senate ...
I have a bad habit: I believe politicians when they say things.
For example, I believed that Houston Mayor Bill White was running for Senate for only one lousy reason: he said so over and over again.
White's elected experience is as an executive. Why would he want to be a senator?
White is a Democrat in Republican Texas. Texans, you'd think, would be more willing to elect a Democrat to a state office (which wouldn't directly affect the national balance of power) than a federal one.
White didn't even have a Senate seat for which to run until 2012, except if U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison followed through on her promise to resign her seat. Unless you're as gullible as I am, why would you have believed Hutchison?
Yet, somehow I believed White when he kept saying he was running for Senate and not running for governor, even though Texas Gov. Rick Perry seemed to make an inviting opponent for a strong candidate such as White.
The logic of a White gubernatorial campaign was pretty obvious. In fact, before his dalliance with the Senate, everyone presumed that White was running for governor. Here's what Houston Chronicle columnist Rick Casey had to say about 2010 the day after the 2006 election:
White will present something Democrats haven't had in a long while - a formidable candidate for governor with a story to tell and the money to tell it.
Now, White is running for governor. His move makes perfect sense, provided you weren't paying attention to all the times he said he wasn't running for governor.
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