Friday, March 24, 2006

And the Race Is On

This just in from the frontlines of the gubernatorial race in Austin:
Texas Comptroller Carole Keeton Strayhorn sued the Texas secretary of state Friday, claiming he's hurting her campaign by unfairly enforcing rules for independent political candidates.

Strayhorn [is] an independent [formerly Republican, originally Democrat] running against Republican Gov. Rick Perry in this year's November election...

Strayhorn's campaign filed a lawsuit in federal court in Austin over [Sec. of State Roger] Williams' plan to manually examine her petition signature by signature instead of using a statistical sampling method.
I would have to assume that Secretary Williams is applying the same guidelines to Kinky Friedman — the other independent candidate in the race — although the article makes no mention of Friedman's petition status. It does, however, include Williams' response to the complaints:
Williams said no to her requests, and said he was simply enforcing state election law.


Texas' law for independent political candidates is among the toughest in the nation. It took effect in 1905 and has remained essentially the same since, according to the Texas Legislative Reference Library.

No independent has been elected Texas governor since Sam Houston in 1859.
The race is on, the stakes are high, and tempers are already flaring. It's gonna be a hot summer in Austin this year!


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Does this same hand count apply to Kinky, too?

Remember, Kinky is the guy who wants to outsource our border security to five Mexican generals who we'd pay based on how successfully they kept immigrants from crossing the border into Texas. We ought not invite a foreign country to encamp an armed militia on our southern border; what's he smoking? Kinky recently explained this crazy plan to the Texas Daily Newspaper Association:

"Friedman again outlined his Mexican generals policy, whereby he would divide the Texas-Mexico border into precincts, stationing a Mexican general in each precinct. Each general would be given $1 million and the account would be drawn against every time an illegal immigrant is captured and returned to Mexico."

3/24/2006 4:59 PM  

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