Our 2010 election coverage continues with the race for Governor, which is fierce this year.
And for the first time in awhile, a Democratic challenger is within striking distance of a longtime Republican incumbent.
So why is Bill White spending so much time in East Texas?
Will Rogers once said he didn’t belong to an organized political party…he was a Democrat.
But the Bill White Gubernatorial campaign is the first really well-run Democratic organization since the epic George Bush/Ann Richards duel in the 90’s. And he’s writing off nothing…even East Texas.
Houston is an interesting city. It is largely conservative, but with a history of Democratic mayors. And those mayors have been fairly hard-nosed fiscal conservatives.
There is a large labor vote due to the Ship Channel industries, and a sizable minority community.
That, of course, could define many large cities in Texas, and that is where the former Houston Mayor hopes to score.
But he isn’t dismissing traditional Republican strongholds like East Texas. After all, it isn’t that long ago that it was a traditional Democratic stronghold.
“And finally, we need a governor who has been in private business,” white told the crowd. “One who has met a payroll and who knows how to squeeze the most out of taxpayer dollars.”
And in a statewide race like this one, you don’t have to win East Texas, just grab as many votes as possible.
And White says Rick Perry has a lot to answer for…lately, he’s making much of the whistleblower who accuses Perry of steering the Teacher Retirement Fund toward companies run by his doners.
“That should be illegal,” White said. “It should be illegal for them to do what they’re doing. The Teacher’s Retirement Fund has gone from a 5-billion dollar surplus when Rick Perry took office, to being over 20-billion dollars in the red. There was a vote that had the support of people of both parties, to put a teacher’s representative who could be a watchdog on that board. Rick Perry vetoed that bill.”
So, with election day two weeks away, and in a race that is anywhere from 3-5 points apart, he can’t afford to ignore any part of the state if it means even only a handful of votes.