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Mikal Watts Raises Texas Record for DSCC: $1.1 Million

by: Glen Maxey

Sun Apr 22, 2007 at 02:04 AM CDT

Democratic activist and fundraiser Mikal Watts was asked by Sen. Chuck Schumer (NY), chair of the Democratic Senate Campaign Committee to raise $150,000 for the committee looking to win a filibuster proof US Senate in 2008.

Shocking the DSCC leadership, the gathering at Watts' San Antonio home doubled the record for a DSCC fundraiser in Texas- raising a whopping $1.1 million. 

The event, headlined by Sen. Chuck Schumer (NY), Sen. Ken Salazar (CO) and Robert Menendez (NJ) was packed with Democrats from all corners of Texas, including Congressmen Charlie Gonzalez, Ciro Rodriguez, Solomon Ortiz, Nick Lampson and a healthy contingent of Texas state legislators.

It even resulted in a reunion of sorts between Boyd Richie, Charlie Urbina-Jones, and myself- all candidates for Texas Democratic Party Chair in 2006.

As Schumer ran down the prospects for picking up seats in the US Senate in 2008, you could feel the adrenalin rush of Democrats eager to a great year in 2008.  Republicans are defending 21 incumbent seats and the Democrats only 12.  Schumer told the crowd that all twelve Democratic Senators are now public in their commitments to run for re-election, including South Dakota Sen. Tim Johnson who is in the final stages of recovery of his life-threatening health situation of last November.  The only incumbent who has what he considered a tough race is Sen. Mary Landrieu (LA), although he said he thought she, too, will do all right.

Sen. Salazar spoke about the US Senate seat in Colorado where Republican Wayne Allard has announced his retirement.  In that open seat, US Rep. Mark Udall is unopposed in the Democratic primary and is the assumed nominee.  Salazar stated that polls are showing a 25% lead by Udall in an array of possible Republican matchups.

The other states that Schumer put into the top tier were blue states with Republican Senators:  Oregon, Maine, New Hampshire, Colorado and Minnesota. 

He cited a recent series of polls showing matchups of potential Democratic candidates vs. the Republican incumbent.  He specifically pointed out polls in Kentucky, a traditionally very red state, where Republican Minority Leader Mitch McConnell resides. In a hypothetical heads up race between McConnell and the Democratic candidate Congressman Ben Chandler, the result was a stunning 45% to 44%.  In a second question tying the Republican to support for George Bush and the war in Iraq, the race turned into a  Democratic 55% to McConnell 42% shocker.  Schumer flatly stated that the same kinds of results are seen even in states like North Carolina and Mississippi.

However, the most exciting Schumer announcement was in his closing about the DSCC's prospects in races across the country where he used this great line:

The Eyes of Texas are Upon Us
But The Eyes of the DSCC are Upon Texas

Pointing out that our own John Cornyn enjoys the lowest approval rating of all 21 Republican Senators up for re-election, Schumer was quite candid that at this point they consider Texas to be in play as a possible pick up state.  (Damn, it's been a long time since any of us could make that statement!)

He jokingly made references about Cornyn's pitiful performance in last weeks Judiciary Committee hearings with AG Alberto Gonzalez, pointing out Bush's biggest lap dog defender in the Senate even trying to clumsily re-position himself, as if suddenly figuring out there's something amiss with this Administration.

It's going to take at least $15 million to run a full fledged race against Cornyn by our eventual nominee. It's going to take thousands of grassroots donors in a people-powered activist campaign to make that happen. If we start building now and add 100 new donors a month to the Texas ActBlue Senate Nominee fund we'll be well on our way to retiring John Cornyn in 2008.

The eyes of the DSCC the nation are upon us, Texas. The time to start is now. Donate today to defeat Cornyn in 2008. He's going down.


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Sounds good (0.00 / 0)
Netroots need to step up the fundraising if we want to have a say in who the candidate is. I kicked in a few bucks, plus a little ActBlue tip to help pay KT's massive salary.

DSCC Event - A Team Effort (5.00 / 4)

Thanks for your kind post.  However, it really is important that everyone realize that the success of this event was the result of a large number of committed Democrats who came together to demonstrate that the Democratic Party in Texas is back.  This was a success by a large group of Democrats, not one person.

This money was raised by a host-committee of individuals, who each stepped up and agreed to raise $100,000 apiece, and by a large number of others who worked diligently to make this event the success it became.  Rene Barrientos of San Antonio and Laredo brought $100,000 in raised contributions; Tony Buzbee of Galveston brought $100,000 in raised contributions; Mauricio Celis in Corpus Christi brought $100,000 in raised contributions, and personally assisted in procuring the attendance of Senators Salazar and Menendez; Brent Coon of Beaumont brought a large sum of money, and commitments for the remainder of the $100,000 he promised to raise, our friend Tony Sanchez sent $100,000 in raised contributions, Todd Tracy of Dallas (even while in trial),  sent in a large sum of money, and commitments for the remainder of the $100,000 he promised to raise, Walter Umphrey of Beaumont brought $100,000 in raised contributions, and Robin Young-Ellis of Houston brought $100,000 in raised contributions.  Garry Mauro raised large sums of money over the phone lines, and even enlisted the participation of Gov. Dolph Briscoe, who sent in a large check.  Ben Barnes made numerous phone calls, resulting in significant contributions, and the presence of my neighbor, Sen. John Montford.  Jim Adler sent in a check, and a promise to continue working to raise the remainder of the $100,000 he committed to raise.  Fred Baron, while traveling the nation working on behalf of Sen. John Edwards campaign, permitted us to use his name in our efforts to raise funds. 

In addition, we had the amazing support of many elected officials.  Raising money is made easier with the support and personal attendance of public servants in Washington like: Congressman Charlie Gonzalez (SA), Congressman Ciro Rodriguez (SA), Congressman Solomon Ortiz (CC), Rep. Richard Pena Raymond (Laredo), Rep. Trey Martinez Fischer (SA), Rep. Jose Menendez (SA), Rep. Joaquin Castro (SA), Rep. Solomon Ortiz, Jr. (CC), and a whole host of other local elected officials including City Council persons and Judges.  In addition, our success was made possible by the attendance of our Chair of the Texas Democratic Party, Boyd Richie, and the Chair of the Bexar County Demcratic Party, Carla Vela.  In sum, this success was a team achievement, not that of one person.

We have commitments of approximately $1.1 million, and collected $850,000 of it last night.  We will go to work to collect the remaining commitments for the DSCC in the next week or two.  During this time, I want to send my sincere thanks to all of the co-hosts listed above, and to enumerable elected officials who gave their time and prestige to this event.

Mikal Watts

Thanks for the "details".. (5.00 / 2)
For those of us who were just observors, I really appreciate you filling us in on the team effort.  I was pretty pumped to want to pass on how fantastic this effort was, and posted in the wee hours after getting home from San Antonio... without the info you've supplied.  The readers of BOR will appreciate your time in posting this!

(And, yes, I'm still a little embarrassed about falling into the fountain, but that's another story LOL).

I started by state political career working in the 1982 state coordinated campaign.  The magic of that year where a statewide team effort resulted in every statewide candidate  being elected is very similar to what I'm hoping to see in 2008. 

The major fundraising led by Bentsen and Hobby, the grassroots army of Mauro, Mattox, Richards and Hightower, and the thousands of volunteers for local parties and candidates... all moving in the same direction.

Kudos to all you listed for the donations or fundraising commitments!

Thanks again for our leadership, Mikal.

And to the grassroots, I'll ask again.  Be one of the first hundred donors on the ActBlue Texas Senate donor effort above!

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Thanks for all the good work! (0.00 / 0)
I cannot help but believe that if the Democrats have a candidate at the top of our ticket that has appeal in Texas, and the Repubs have Giuliani or Romney, the pro-Democratic wave will grow into a tsunami. 

Down thread, there is a list of possible candidates to unseat Cornyn:

Ron Kirk, Bill White, Pete Gallego, Rick Noriega, Richard Pena Raymond, Richard Morrison, John Sharp, Chet Edwards, Gene Kelly, Glen Maxey, Lloyd Doggett, Nick Lampson, Henry Cuellar, Julian Castro, Tony Buzbee, Raphael Anchia, Hank Gilbert, David Van Os, Bill Moyers, Lance Armstrong, Ben Barnes, John Courage, Tommy Lee Jones, Willie Nelson, Kinky Friedman, Chris Bell, Juan Garcia, Jim Turner, Joaquin Castro, Mikal Watts, Kirk Watson
Look at how many of these great candidates are lawyers (in bold)!

How many of these great candidates should be considering (along with top-Democratic-vote-recipient Judge Bill Moody) a run for the Texas Supreme Court, which has become a huge embarrassment to the State of Texas?

[ Parent ]
Great!! (5.00 / 1)
This is fantastic news!  Did Schumer mention any polling that has been done on match-ups in Texas, or just the states you mentioned?  Also, should we read anything into Lampson's attendance?

Great, great news!  A huge thanks to all involved!

Lampson was Present as Well. (0.00 / 0)
Congressman Nick Lampson was present, with Congressmen Charles Gonzalez, Congressman Ciro Rodiguez and Congressman Solomon Ortiz.

[ Parent ]
Before this fundraiser (0.00 / 0)
the DSCC wanted Mikal Watts to run and afterwards I'm sure they are even more enthusiastic.

Lampson will only run if Watts opts not to. The ball is in Watts' court.

[ Parent ]
Gotcha (0.00 / 0)
So, this was more or less a coming-out party for Watts as a candidate?

[ Parent ]
That is Exciting (5.00 / 1)
Now how do we get some of that money to go toward sustainable grassroots development rather than marketing for a single campaign?

Winning a statewide race (5.00 / 1)
would do wonders for sustainable grassroots development.

[ Parent ]
Or Not (0.00 / 0)
There is no doubt that winning a statewide election would would give a spark to what is left of the Texas Democratic Party, but that has little to do with sustainability. It is, in fact, like firing a spark plug that is not hooked up to an engine.  We need to build that engine.  If the current TDP is that engine, one has to wonder if it wouldn't be better to start from scratch. 

I know that there are many here who think that raising this question is being overly negative.  Let's not blindly build on something that is broken.

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From my experiences (0.00 / 0)
I've become engaged in Politics since immediately after the 2004 election on the grounds of the Democratic party needed to be rebuilt. From what I can tell, it seems that the party took note and as of around late winter/early spring 2006 the party really started to change in Texas and it seems to be on a rebuilding course.

From what I can tell, progress is being made, the Texas VAN is proof enough of that.

[ Parent ]
I am Glad to Hear That (0.00 / 0)
I certainly hope that you are right.  I look forward to the time when those changes start making a difference in my county and my precinct.  It seems to me that that is where the building needs to take place.

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Candidate-centric campaigns…or sustained grassroots development? (3.00 / 1)
Hugh asked the question:

"Now how do we get some of that money to go toward sustainable grassroots development rather than marketing for a single campaign?"

I think all of us saw in 2006 the roadmap we should expect  for the future general election campaign of our U.S. Senate candidate and those who are preparing to run statewide in 2010.

Across the US,  we saw the DSCC and DCCC raise the dollars necessary AND we saw thousands of small donors butting their money into these races.  We saw coordinated efforts where the top of state ballots were helping down ballot candidates and vice versa.  And in almost all these pick-up seats, we saw the awesome power of the grassroots and people-powered campaigns and the netroots.

There is no option except for our future statewide candidates to pay attention to the sustainability of the grassroots and building infrastructure for the long haul.

Conversely, every candidate for down ballot or local races must understand their responsibility in using their races and efforts for doing the work that will sustain the statewide candidates.

The potential for a tremendously great Texas Democratic year are seen all across this state.  I know every race in Travis is being contested.  Dallas clearly will build on their sweep in 2006 by finding candidates for every countywide race.  Can you believe that folks in Harris County have seen their candidate recruitment go so well, that they now have contested Democratic primaries in some of these races? 

All across Texas we have about six months to encourage, support and recruit candidates.

If we want  people-powered, grassroots and netroots candidates running next year in Texas, it's time to be having those conversations.  Candidates cannot make themselves into grassroots candidates by just throwing some money around.  Instead, he grassroots makes a US Senate candidate's campaign  into a people powered  campaigns by helping fund them with small donations and thousands of volunteer hours.

We have the power and responsibility  to have those conversations and be at the table over the next few months in these efforts.  I'm excited that we have a list of quality folks contemplating the US Senate race for the Democratic nomination. 

I know that I'll be looking for which one "gets it" in knowing how to make all of these vital parts of our efforts work to the best and most sustainable result.  And when they do, they'll be the consensus candidate and winner of our primary.  Moreover, they'll go into the fall with the most unified effort in decades to take back OUR Senate seat.

Glen (0.00 / 0)
Sorry to be so stubborn on the point, and maybe even a bit uninformed, but can you reiterate what that road map is.  From where I'm sitting it looks a little like a wall map of the United States, which does little to tell anyone how to get to my precinct.  What are the specific resources going to building a grassroots structure?  Is there a statewide interactive web resource for precinct captains or county chairs?  Something more than a perfunctory couple of pages on how to organize. Short of investing in statewide races that it is hoped will motivate future leadership, what is being done to identify, recruit and train leadership?  Once again we are approaching an election cycle and there is talk about raising huge sums of money to get certain people elected.  I realize that I'm preaching to the choir here but the Democratic Party is supposed to be the party of the people.  While no one will argue that there has to be expensive fundraisers at the homes of the rich and famous or that we need to build support for our statewide candidates, it sure seems that this is a frequent justification for raising huge amounts of Democratic money, most of which does not go to building a structure that will give voice or political mobility to the majority of Texans. 

The only way to mobilize the masses of deeply disenfranchised Texans who stay home on Election Day is to invest in a grassroots structure that will give them a voice.  The best way to further disenfranchise these people, who I assure you will eventually have a voice within the Democratic party, or elsewhere, is to continue to invest huge sums marketing to build name recognition for candidates hand picked by the rich and famous. Sending white college kids into minority neighborhoods to knock on doors for a few day before the election and then doing nothing in those neighborhoods until the next election cycle is blatant disrespect and it continues to happen every two years. 

Saying we have a real grassroots plan before elections is not enough.  Specifically, what is the plan, what are the resources going to it, and when will we see anything at the grassroots?

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This is the DSCC...not the TDP (0.00 / 0)
The DSCC does not raise money to build Democratic infrastructure in Brazos County.  The TDP is responsible for building and developing our party infrastructure from the bottom, up.

The TDP has lost the face of contributors due to the constant state of financial crisis and lack of results when they are given money.

The DCCC and, more recently, the DSCC have proven that they have a recruitment, targeting and communications plan to win tough races.  Therefore, it is a little easier to talk people out of big checks.

Or said another way: THEY have a proven record and a plan of action...TDP has neither.

I'm fairly certain that neither Glen nor the DSCC can answer your question about "what" and "when" on resources for the "grassroots".  Hell, the TDP can't even answer that question because they don't have a plan or a timeline.

Of the many things illustrated by the netroots, I think the most enduring and pertinent is this: interested Democrats will pull themselves up by the boot straps, pool their limited resources, raise hell and make extraordinary things happen.  The grassroots has to take a lesson from that evolution of politics.

The DSCC should not be concerned with correcting the failures of the TDP...that is our responsibility.  Since the TDP has failed to do much of anything, I just hope the DSCC can get us a candidate and a campaign that will get the grassroots excited.

Please refer to KT's signature.

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Connected at the Roots (0.00 / 0)
Colin, I just don't see how we can disconnect these things. The DSCC has got to be dependent on the TDP to help accomplish its mission. The TDP has to be dependent on local grassroots organizing. This connection should be obvious to those who seek to donate for the success of the party.  Do we really want to keep answering the well polished calls for senatorial and presidential support only to have our county commissioners and even many statewide elections disregarded.  These larger races have the bucks to buy connection.  Not so with our county commissioners. While I don't want to fail to support whoever we come up with to defeat Bush's little Cornyn, I'm getting a little pissed off about having all of this money invested in single races and not the structure of the party.  In my opinion the TDP, DCCC and DSCC are all responsible.  Grassroots are about being connected not just at the base but also all the way up.  If they aren't responsible, then what is it to be a Democrat? 

[ Parent ]
I agree with you (0.00 / 0)
I guess my point was "we can get this kind of money if we have a plan of action".

I am not convinced that the current TDP leadership can do that.

I certainly concur that just one of these $100k checks could go a long way in creating a semi-permanent infrastructure in a dozen or so counties.

I'm assuming that the DSCC is unaware of how low we have fallen in terms of organization and just assumes that the votes just haven't broken our way due to candidate selection, Bush, etc.  I also assume that the TDP would rather burn to the ground than acknowledge to anyone (especially the DSCC) that they are in a shambles and need help.

From my experience, the DCCC and DSCC expect that the state/local party has its ducks in a row and they serve as the final media push to get the race over the top.

Clearly that is not the case in Texas.  But without a major shift in leadership or focus, I don't think the current version of the TDP has the self-awareness or bravery to admit that they need help and get folks to the table to get us out of this mess.

Please refer to KT's signature.

[ Parent ]
Class event by a class act (3.00 / 2)
My wife and I also attended the event at Mikal's home and I can tell you it was a class event put on by a class act. Mikal and his wife were perfect hosts. My wife and I really enjoyed ourselves and also enjoyed meeting a lot of people we knew by "name" only. As far as I'm concerned, and I'm sure you will agree, the 2008 cycle has already begun and, for the first time in quite awhile, I believe we have a real chance at winning some of the statewide races. Because I am from Galveston County, I have known and supported Congressman Lampson for a long time. I did speak to him at the event (I live in Friendswood; my Congressman is Ron Paul), and he is looking at the senate race very seriously and, as mentioned by Schumer, Lampson's name was indeed one that has been used in the polling. Finally, it was a pleasure to meet both Glen and Karl-Thomas. I appreciate your efforts and the efforts of all on this site.

Tony Buzbee

Thanks (0.00 / 0)
Is there any chance of you jumping into the TX-14 race, Mr. Buzbee?  I think many Dems here and in your district would agree that you'd make a very attractive candidate.

What other names did Schumer mention as being polled against Cornyn, besides Lampson?  I'm guessing you were asked not to give out the results, lol, but could you give us some insight as to other names the DSCC is possibly thinking about?

Thanks again for your efforts w/ this event!

[ Parent ]
senate race (3.00 / 1)
I got my information from Congressman Lampson, who is an old friend. That said, I don't know who else the DSCC is looking at or thinking about. I, of course, believe in the primary system, and would encourage any and all who are committed to the race to get in it, now.

[ Parent ]
The donkey in the room (0.00 / 0)
There is only one serious Democrat in a position to beat Cornyn.  Everyone knows his name but won't mention it.  Consultants know he won't hire them.  Young activists think he won't pay attention to them.  Party leaders and their major donors are afraid they won't be able to control him.  But the polling shows voters will vote for him.  So maybe this endless debate over who should take on Cornyn is driven more by a few narrow agendas than it is by what would be best for Texas?

[ Parent ]
... (3.00 / 1)
Well, who the hell is it?  I'd love to know, lol.  I think you're being a little pessimistic w/ your assessment of only one Democrat being able to beat Cornyn, but who knows. 

I really cannot think of a name that has not been mentioned in one of BOR's numerous Senate threads over the past several months, here is a quick rundown, off the top of my head (with varying levels of seriousness, probably):

Ron Kirk, Bill White, Pete Gallego, Rick Noriega, Richard Pena Raymond, Richard Morrison, John Sharp, Chet Edwards, Gene Kelly, Glen Maxey, Lloyd Doggett, Nick Lampson, Henry Cuellar, Julian Castro, Tony Buzbee, Raphael Anchia, Hank Gilbert, David Van Os, Bill Moyers, Lance Armstrong, Ben Barnes, John Courage, Tommy Lee Jones, Willie Nelson, Kinky Friedman, Chris Bell, Juan Garcia, Jim Turner, Joaquin Castro, Mikal Watts, Kirk Watson and I'm sure that's still leaving out a dozen more names....

So who is your guy?

[ Parent ]
A quick review of (0.00 / 0)
your comment history makes it clear that you are talking about John Sharp.

We have had that discussion many times and, if you like, we can have it again. There are many people on BOR who would not agree with your statement, including myself.

[ Parent ]
New Age Candidates (0.00 / 0)
Polling shows that people would vote for Gene Kelly ... but it's all about 50%+1 and, by your own description, I don't think your mystery candidate can do that: "he doesn't get along with party"; "major contributors are afraid of him"; and "young activits don't trust him". Even still, I guess everyone deserves an opportunity ... I just hope it isn't any of the demo retreads who have been two, three-time losers with decade's (plural) old baggage; they are the ones that left our party in ruins.  We need a new generation of candidates, and consultants for that matter, with a real committment to democratic party values!

[ Parent ]
Donkey II (0.00 / 0)
Let's just say he's on your list above but not especially interested in tipping off the national GOP at this time.

I promise not to tell Karl Rove (0.00 / 0)
Just put out the name or stop talking about it. If someone is afraid of having their name put out via a third party on a political blog...they don't have the stones to run against the repugs in the General.

Please refer to KT's signature.

[ Parent ]
Challenged (0.00 / 0)
As weak as he is, is it possible that another Republican will win in the primaries?  I'm Thinking Tom Delay could beat him.

[ Parent ]
Donkey III (0.00 / 0)
Or maybe he simply thnks it's a matter of courtesy to talk about this with his family, friends, donors, before announcing it to you.

[ Parent ]
how dare he (0.00 / 0)
So someone is seriously considering it who:

--hasn't even floated the concept with his family friends.

--is a male

--has donors already

--is past having his name floated on BOR and is ready for an announcement.

--hates consultants

--hated by big money contributors

--has a poor relationship with young Ds

Sounds an awful lot like David Van Os...but i know he is still running the 2006 campaign.

Please refer to KT's signature.

[ Parent ]
One Big Problem... (0.00 / 0)
You say he "has donors."  That rules out David Van Os! :)  He'd seriously do a better fundraising job putting a kiddie pool downtown and hoping people mistook it for a fountain to drop change into and make a wish... 

Any thoughts on Patrick Rose as a possibility of the mystery man?

[ Parent ]
Patrick Rose (0.00 / 0)
is not constitutionally eligible

[ Parent ]
Donkey II (0.00 / 0)
  Yes or no, Mr. Orizaba.  Is it John Sharp?  I know you are a big fan.

[ Parent ]
Quick follow-up (3.00 / 1)
Yeah, I generally agree w/ Colin that they shouldn't be afraid to float their name, but I suppose there are always circumstances that can hold that off...

Here is my review of my own list, lol, as per your reply that your Democratic messiah is located on it:

1)You said that they were a serious candidate, so that should knock out:

Gene Kelly
Lance Armstrong
Bill Moyers
Tommy Lee Jones
Willie Nelson
Kinky Friedman

2) Out of the remaining names, you said that big donors don't trust him, so I'll take out some large donors:

Ben Barnes
Mikal Watts
Tony Buzbee

3)  Out of the remaining names, here are some that I don't think would be against the assistance of consultants (could be totally off, though):

Ron Kirk
Bill White
John Sharp
Nick Lampson
Jim Turner
Chris Bell
Kirk Watson

4)  Out of the remaining names, you said that they might not be on good terms or motivate young activists, so here are some names I believe do already have or would have good relationships with "young activists":

Pete Gallego
Rick Noriega
Lloyd Doggett
Either Castro brother
Raphael Anchia
Hank Gilbert
John Courage
Juan Garcia

5)  Richard Morrisson is backing the draft effort to get Rick Noriega into the race.

6)  Glen Maxey has denied interest.

That leaves:

Richard Pena Raymond
Chet Edwards
Henry Cuellar (hasn't someone close to him denied his interest, on this very site?)
David Van Os  (weren't there waves about him possibly going for State Chair?)

But, yeah, I won't tell Rove either....pinky swear.

Okay, gotta go catch the shuttle for class.


[ Parent ]
Cuellar is definitely out (0.00 / 0)
He is one of my clients and is not interested for 2008.

Please refer to KT's signature.

[ Parent ]
In class, just checking in... (0.00 / 0)
Yeah, you were who I was referring to, in regards to Cuellar not running.

However, it seems that Orizaba is probably talking about John Sharp.  I would agree with his assessment that he is a serious candidate and would lack the support of "young activists," but I had no clue whatsoever that Sharp was not on good terms w/ our state's big donors.  I have been under the (seemingly false) assumption that Lampson and Sharp would not both run, because I thought they would be backed by the same faction of people, but I guess that's not entirely correct.  Could we be looking at a primary scenario that is something like:

-Mikal Watts or Nick Lampson (one will run, but not both.  possibly the choice of the establishment.)

-John Sharp (after consulting w/ wife, kids, donors he decides not to face White in 2010, but go for this race.)

-Rick Noriega (if the draft movement is successful and he goes for it, more than likely the choice of the grassroots, netroots, youth, etc.)

-Barbara Ann Radnofsky (she might sense an opening for a female candidate, but hoping she waits for a 2010 race or maybe even Culberson.)

The wild card might be Pete Gallego.  I think he would have strong support in the Texas Lege and also with the grassroots/netroots, but I don't know how serious he is looking into it.  Personally, I would want him to go for Lt. Gov in 2010, but definitely think he'd be an incredible senator, as well.

So anywhere from a 3 to 5 candidate Senate primary, perhaps?  I am all for primaries (as long as they aren't overtly negative toward one another, but focus on Cornyn), and I think that a competitive one in Texas could help revitalize the Party.  I agree w/ Mr. Buzbee's opinion upthread that primaries are a good thing, not so much coronations.

I really am intrigued by this race, especially w/ the possibility of Sharp jumping in, even after Watts/Lampson go public.

[ Parent ]
Thanks for the link! (0.00 / 0)
Great link, Orizaba!  Cornyn polling at 47%-38% versus a generic Democrat looks very promising for all of the Texas Dems who are thinking over this race.

[ Parent ]
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