TX-Sen: Another Swing and a Miss from Kay Coward Hutchison

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Dear Hans Klinger (Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison's Spokesperson),

Spinning” a story IS when you try to sell your side of a story to an audience. In politics, that audience is usually a reporter, though campaigns will often “spin” their success for potential fundraisers, supporters, and campaign staff as well.

Spinning” a story IS NOT confusing your own campaign and turning yourself into circles.

The best way to stop your “campaign” (can we even call it that if Senator Hutchison lives in D.C.?) from spinning is to make a decision. Tell that to your boss. Tell her to own a decision for once in her life.

Tell her to act like an elected official. Tell her to act like a leader. Tell her to act like she wants to be Governor. Tell her to act like she cares about the people in Texas that aren't herself, her family, and her fundraisers.

To help make a decision, it would be useful if you learned the difference between “will” and “may.” As the Houston Chronicle reported, though, that seems difficult for your campaign — especially when you issue conflicting statements:

Take one (emphasis added):

“Kay Bailey Hutchison does not discuss political strategy with Democrats. Senator Hutchison has said she will not seek re-election and will resign her seat at a later date. The timeframe for that resignation has not been set.”

And…take two (emphasis added):

“Kay Bailey Hutchison does not discuss political strategy with Democrats. Senator Hutchison has said she will not seek re-election and may resign her seat at a later date. The timeframe for that resignation has not been set.”

I understand the need for the change though, Hans. Cowards often don't have any will.

Best of luck figuring out how to lose in the primary,

–The BOR Staff

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Phillip Martin

Currently the Research and Policy Director for Progress Texas and the Texas Research Institute, Phillip Martin writes occasional long-form pieces for BOR that promote focused analysis and insight into Texas politics. Born and raised in Austin, Phillip started working in politics in 2003 and started writing on BOR in the summer of 2005. Phillip has worked for the Texas Democratic Trust, the Texas Legislative Study Group, and now the Progress Texas family. He is a lifelong Houston Astros fan, a loyal Longhorn, and loves swimming at Barton Springs Pool.

1 Comment

  1. hamiltonfan on

    Phillip your too hard on the Senior Spender of TX staff
    Phillip, you're on point about the incompetence of the Hutchison campaign.  But don't blame staff it starts at the top.

    She is not some new comer to politics making rookie mistakes.  No in fact she as been in office (23+years) longer then the average Texan (32.3 years) has been in second grade.

    In just the past few weeks her fanatical, micromanaging, temper tantrums are legendry and have embarrassed her team many times.

    Todd Olsen, the lead consultant (at least of paper)was overruled in public in a Dallas Morning News blog by the campaign with an “update”.

    The fake letter to Paul Bruka from “Kay” in reponse to his call for her to swich parties.  How do we know its fake casue it beigns with you have covered me since my time in the house or the like.  She went to law school together she would have mentioned that fact to make the connect to the long term relationship.  

    The lead Pollster was repudiated (by Hans releases) after he opined in the Chron blog on her staying in office and not resigning

    And then the story you all broke on her sharing Intel with Bill White which of course she did — elitist stick together.  Bill White did not deny what Kay told her.

    Not to mention her own twisted logic on the Unemployment Insurance Controversy.  

    If this is the kind of way she manages a two dozen person campaign how will she respond trying to micro manage the Texas Govt.

    Is she fit to hold executive office?

    Why won't the democrats run serious candidates for Gov. this time around?

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