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Endorsements Go DeLay's Way, But His Opponents Maintain The Polls Don't [Campbell 48%; DeLay 38%]
Fort Bend Now ^ | 02.26.2006 | By Bob Dunn

Posted on 02/26/2006 2:42:57 PM PST by SolidSupplySide

Coming around the far turn with the primary finish-line in sight, Congressional District 22 Republican challenger Tom Campbell is leaning hard on his polls, Democratic challenger Nick Lampson is flashing his wallet, and incumbent Tom DeLay is counting his endorsements.Weekend Politics

Last week Campbell sat in a mobile campaign RV across a Houston street from an event in which 10 members of the Texas Congressional Delegation endorsed DeLay.

Campbell brushed aside the endorsements and instead emphasized a poll he had conducted by something called OneNet Info, showing him with 47.7% of the votes in the Republican primary, to 38.4% by DeLay and 13.9% to “other.”

But the poll has a margin of error of 9% (it looks like they reached fewer than 200 Republican voters), which is pretty far out there. Thus, if 9% swung one way, DeLay could have 47.4% of the vote to 38.7% for Campbell, if you believe the numbers.

Campbell acknowledges 9% is a big margin, but insists that DeLay’s camp is attacking his and “he’s walking the neighborhoods for the first time,” because “his polls are showing the same thing.”

Lampson’s campaign chimed in on the polling, too.

“Every public poll since May has shown Tom DeLay with 38% or less approval rating,” Lampson campaign manager Mike Malaise maintained on Thursday.

The next day, Lampson’s camp announced “it has passed that of Tom DeLay in cash on hand. If DeLay can win his Party’s Primary race in March, he will enter the General Election with his legal defense fund spending much more than it is bringing in, his federal political action committee deep in the red, and his campaign fund raising lagging.”

DeLay, meanwhile, kept himself busy picking up endorsements from local elected officials, including the first-ever endorsement from the Fort Bend County Mayor & Council Association.

“This is a key endorsement in this race and Congressman DeLay is very honored to receive this endorsement from the mayors and city officials he has worked with over the last 20 years,” said DeLay press spokeswoman Shannon Flaherty.

While his opponents have hammered DeLay over the charges he faces in Travis County, and his reputed links to disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff, another endorser says DeLay’s real crime is “being an outspoken advocate of conservative principles.”

“In other words, Tom stands accused by the Democrats of doing those things we Republicans have demanded from our elected officials over the years,” Fort Bend County Judge Bob Hebert said in endorsing DeLay. “In short, Tom has done what we asked him to do and now Ronnie Earle wants to punish him for that. I cannot stand by and let Earle win. I must stand with Tom in this election year. He is my candidate in March and he is my candidate for November.”

Word
Another Republican challenger for DeLay’s seat, Pat Baig, was in the lobby of the Rosenberg Civic Center before the mayor’s association candidate speeches began, working the crowd.

“I’m Pat Baig, Republican candidate for Congress,” she told a slightly bewildered-looking fellow as she shook his hand. “Can I count on your vote?”

“My daddy would roll over in his grave if I voted for a Republican in the primary,” the guy replied. Turned out it was Don Bankston, former Fort Bend County Democratic Party chairman.

Word II
Republican Fort Bend County District Attorney challenger Larry McDougal was making an emphatic point in his speech to the mayors, that he’d been known to them as a policeman before he became an attorney.

“Mr. Willis remembers me coming to his house in the middle of the night in the early 80s,” he said, pointing to Cecil Willis sitting at a back table in the full house, and offering no explanation about that night.

People began laughing, hard. Finally Willis held up his arms. “It was the wrong house,” he yelled.

Robocall of the Week
We’re going to start offering these audio files for those unfortunate folks who may have been out of town and missed them.

Today’s offering informs select Fort Bend County residents that County Clerk Diane Wilson “sued taxpayers for a higher salary and for her legal fees when she was indicted for theft.” The message doesn’t inform residents the indictment is 15 years old, and was tossed out, or that Wilson’s record was expunged. It’s a long story for a rainy day sometime.

But now it’s become a campaign issue. Go ahead, click here and have a listen.

Wilson’s Republican opponent for county clerk, D. Ann Criswell, said she hasn’t actually heard the call, but said it’s one of two or three that have been circulated on behalf of her campaign.

“Some people don’t like it,” she said of the computer-generated calls. “Others are fine, and they didn’t really know what was going on, and they were glad to get the information. You want your voting public to be an informed public.”

As do we here at FortBendNow. So if you’ve received any fun or interesting political robocalls on your answering machines lately, contact us and help share them with your less-fortunate brethren.


TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: delay; sleepers
Admittedly, internal polls tend to overstate the support of the campaign commissioning them. (There are other factors that make this poll suspect, too.) Nevertheless, this news is another piece of evidence suggesting that DeLay may have to go to a runoff in the GOP primary.
1 posted on 02/26/2006 2:42:58 PM PST by SolidSupplySide
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To: maui_hawaii; AuH2ORepublican

Ping


2 posted on 02/26/2006 2:43:45 PM PST by SolidSupplySide
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To: SolidSupplySide

Your revolution will fail, SSS.


3 posted on 02/26/2006 2:44:35 PM PST by Michael Goldsberry (Lt. Bruce C. Fryar USN 01-02-70 Laos)
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To: SolidSupplySide

----Lampson campaign manager Mike Malaise----

You can't make this stuff up.

-Dan

4 posted on 02/26/2006 2:50:51 PM PST by Flux Capacitor (Trust me. I know what I'm doing.)
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To: SolidSupplySide
I think DeLay will win and the liberal media are doing everything they can to encourage his opposition with "feel-good" reporting on everything they can scrape up to make them look good and DeLay look bad.

The MSM used to get by with this kind of tactic on a regular basis but after you see through them once, you will always see through their motives.

"The MSM's New Clothes"

5 posted on 02/26/2006 2:51:59 PM PST by capt. norm (Error: Keyboard not attached. Press F1 to continue)
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To: SolidSupplySide

We know Barbra Streisand and Meathead Reiner are giving campaign money to Lampson, but I wonder who's giving cash to Campbell. Inquiring minds want to know...


6 posted on 02/26/2006 2:55:10 PM PST by kittymyrib
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To: capt. norm
I have never seen a primary like this one. Campbell signs outnumber DeLay signs in my subdivison. I'm not sure how good the predictive power of counting yard signs is, but I've never seen such public opposition to DeLay in the primary. The Campbell campaign is much more visible than the DeLay campaign on TV, radio and the ROW despite the fact that DeLay has spent 5x what Campbell has.

Campbell is DeLay's strongest primary challenger EVER!

Republicans are ready for change, and the results of the primary will be evidence of that. Campbell will outperform all previous challengers. I don't think there's any doubt to that.

7 posted on 02/26/2006 3:00:25 PM PST by SolidSupplySide
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To: kittymyrib
I wonder who's giving cash to Campbell. Inquiring minds want to know...

Campbell has the backing of an RNC committeman. He has had a fundraiser with Gov. Huntsman (R) of Utah. Sen. Orrin Hatch's law firm has provided funding and well as Pete Dominici, Jr., son of Sen Dominici (R) of New Mexico.

8 posted on 02/26/2006 3:03:33 PM PST by SolidSupplySide
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To: SolidSupplySide
Republicans are ready for change

Bravo Sierra! RINOs, Cowards and Traitors are!

9 posted on 02/26/2006 3:04:13 PM PST by Michael Goldsberry (Lt. Bruce C. Fryar USN 01-02-70 Laos)
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To: SolidSupplySide

Time for Tom to go. I don't know anything about Campbell but when I look at the results of tha last 5 years DeLay has participated in the largest expansion of government in modern day American history and for that and that alone, he should lose his job.


10 posted on 02/26/2006 3:04:55 PM PST by misterrob (Islam is a hate crime)
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To: Michael Goldsberry

Look at what DeLay has given us in the past several years and tell me how well he has represented conservatives. Spending us into further debt for more social programs is nothing but liberalism. Yeah, he might thump on Sunday mornings but for some of us there's more than just that.


11 posted on 02/26/2006 3:07:32 PM PST by misterrob (Islam is a hate crime)
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To: kittymyrib

I would imagine the Dems want DeLay to win the GOP Primary,


12 posted on 02/26/2006 3:08:05 PM PST by H. Paul Pressler IV
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To: Michael Goldsberry
Bravo Sierra! RINOs, Cowards and Traitors are!

Insulting GOP primary voters is not a wise strategy to encourage them to come home in the general election. Unfortunately, I sense this is the attitude of the DeLay campaign, too.

Even if DeLay wins the primary (which is still likely), he has a lot of fence mending to do. DeLay should be positive now and reap the rewards in November. He isn't. I think that is a consequence of the strong challenge by Campbell.

13 posted on 02/26/2006 3:09:35 PM PST by SolidSupplySide
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To: SolidSupplySide
Tom DeLay, Democrats worse nightmare, Terminator past and future, "I'll be back."
14 posted on 02/26/2006 3:15:28 PM PST by ChessExpert (MSM: America's one party press)
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To: SolidSupplySide
Why does Tom have a worse showing than in the past? Because of some Dim DA with bogus charges designed to do exactly this.

And you are encouraging such behavior against our side in the future.

15 posted on 02/26/2006 3:17:04 PM PST by Michael Goldsberry (Lt. Bruce C. Fryar USN 01-02-70 Laos)
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To: capt. norm

This reminds me of the MSM assaults on Newt and Jesse Helms every election cycle.


16 posted on 02/26/2006 3:20:20 PM PST by Luke21
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To: SolidSupplySide
Tom DeLay, Democrats' worst nightmare, Terminator past and future, "I'll be back."

I can't wait to see Tom DeLay, the Movie. Heck, I don't even care if it's a Michael Moore production. You can help make it happen with a contribution:
http://tomdelay.house.gov/
17 posted on 02/26/2006 3:21:05 PM PST by ChessExpert (MSM: America's one party press)
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To: Michael Goldsberry
And you are encouraging such behavior against our side in the future.

You are mistaking something that is coincidental as being causal. I've got to believe that most GOP primary voters know that Earle's campaign is politically motivated. It appears that you think that I believe Earle's accusations and that other Campbell supports believe them, too. I find that insulting. The Campbell campaign has never alleged that the Earle indictments (TRMPAC) are legitimate.

Your insistence that Campbell supporters believe this is insulting.

18 posted on 02/26/2006 3:23:25 PM PST by SolidSupplySide
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To: SolidSupplySide
Your insistence that Campbell supporters believe this is insulting.

Good. I've insulted them in other ways above.

19 posted on 02/26/2006 3:27:50 PM PST by Michael Goldsberry (Lt. Bruce C. Fryar USN 01-02-70 Laos)
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To: Michael Goldsberry
To support my point, here is the home page of Campbell's campaign website. In it, he calls Earle's indictment a "partisan attack".

Again, your insistence that Campbell supporters are "encouraging" Earle is baseless and insulting.

20 posted on 02/26/2006 3:28:07 PM PST by SolidSupplySide
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To: Michael Goldsberry
I've insulted them in other ways above.

I fear that these kind of insults will drive some Republicans to vote for Stockman in the general. Not you personally; I don't think you have that influence. But that insulting attitude is widely held by DeLay supporters.

21 posted on 02/26/2006 3:31:13 PM PST by SolidSupplySide
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To: SolidSupplySide

Wrong.

If your little coup works, Dim DAs everywhere will know that all they have to do is sucker some GJ in order to bring down a Republican... because spineless voters such as yourself will flee to someone else.

Never mind if the charges are false.


22 posted on 02/26/2006 3:35:12 PM PST by Michael Goldsberry (Lt. Bruce C. Fryar USN 01-02-70 Laos)
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To: SolidSupplySide

You give the impression that when DeLay wins the primary, you would rather see Lampson win in the general election than for Tom DeLay to have another term. You really do HATE Tom DeLay, don't you?


23 posted on 02/26/2006 3:36:12 PM PST by RedWhiteBlue
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To: SolidSupplySide
Republicans are ready for change, and the results of the primary will be evidence of that. Campbell will outperform all previous challengers. I don't think there's any doubt to that.

I yield to your closer analysis of the situation. Even in this era where information is a fingertip away, I still believe that being there trumps everything else.

24 posted on 02/26/2006 3:38:53 PM PST by capt. norm (Error: Keyboard not attached. Press F1 to continue)
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To: Michael Goldsberry

If Dem DAs believe that Campbell's support is a result of Earle's indictment, they are as mistaken as you.

Honestly, it appears your argument boils down to "We should support DeLay *because* he has been indicted." That is very strange.

As for me, I recognize that Earle's indictment is politically motivated. Your continued mischaracterization is insulting. Unfortunately, you are not alone with that attitude.


25 posted on 02/26/2006 3:39:53 PM PST by SolidSupplySide
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To: SolidSupplySide
You know, this anti-DeLay stuff is starting to get into spam territory. Let it go. Your guy will lose.

You might as well write checks straight to Ronnie Earle and be done with it.

26 posted on 02/26/2006 3:41:11 PM PST by AmishDude
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To: RedWhiteBlue
You really do HATE Tom DeLay, don't you?

I do find his behavior unethical. Particularly in the Blankenship case. I hold my elected officials to the highest level of ethical behavior.

There is zero chance I will vote for Lampson in the general.

27 posted on 02/26/2006 3:42:10 PM PST by SolidSupplySide
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To: SolidSupplySide
There is zero chance I will vote for Lampson in the general.

But would you deny a vote to DeLay, by not voting at all or by voting for Stockman? -- either of which is just as good as a vote for Lampson.

28 posted on 02/26/2006 3:44:12 PM PST by RedWhiteBlue
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To: SolidSupplySide

Okay, okay. Allow me to back off from attack-mode for a moment.

Do you really believe that Campbell is a better candidate than DeLay?

I'll concede that I will vote for your guy in the general, but not against Tom. Especially because of the precedent it would set.

It's the precedent that you don't seem to understand.


29 posted on 02/26/2006 3:47:07 PM PST by Michael Goldsberry (Lt. Bruce C. Fryar USN 01-02-70 Laos)
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To: SolidSupplySide
I do find his behavior unethical.

So you fell for the Dim BS. Hook, line and sinker.

No wonder.

30 posted on 02/26/2006 3:52:18 PM PST by Michael Goldsberry (Lt. Bruce C. Fryar USN 01-02-70 Laos)
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To: SolidSupplySide

BTW, I accused you of murder last night. You have yet to prove your innocence, murderer.


31 posted on 02/26/2006 3:54:43 PM PST by Michael Goldsberry (Lt. Bruce C. Fryar USN 01-02-70 Laos)
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To: SolidSupplySide

You didn't answer the question that I asked in #23 (is it correct that you would rather see Lampson win in the general election than for Tom DeLay to have another term), or my question in #28 (would you deny a vote to DeLay, by not voting at all or by voting for Stockman?). The absence of an answer to those questions just makes me go hmmmm .......


32 posted on 02/26/2006 4:15:24 PM PST by RedWhiteBlue
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To: SolidSupplySide
Thanks for posting Campbell's website. After reviewing it, I have concluded that he could be running as a Republican, a Democrat or for Pope (if the position were available).

He claims to be a "conservative environmentalist." Is that anything like a "compassionate conservative?" I voted for one of those twice and get very upset when the compassionate side overrides the conservative side, which it frequently does.
33 posted on 02/26/2006 4:38:56 PM PST by BW2221
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To: Michael Goldsberry

You really are getting emotionally involved with this. Even in a pure rhetorical sense that you are using, calling someone a murderer is a bit much.


34 posted on 02/26/2006 5:02:24 PM PST by RFT1
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To: SolidSupplySide

Give me counting yard signs anyday over a poll with a 9 point margin of error.


35 posted on 02/26/2006 5:16:57 PM PST by brothers4thID (Being lectured by Ted Kennedy on ethics is not unlike being lectured on dating protocol by Ted Bundy)
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To: RFT1

Nah, just holding SSS to the same standard he's holding Tom to.


36 posted on 02/26/2006 5:18:55 PM PST by Michael Goldsberry (Lt. Bruce C. Fryar USN 01-02-70 Laos)
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To: brothers4thID; SolidSupplySide
Give me counting yard signs anyday over a poll with a 9 point margin of error.

Then you would be interested in my yard sign count posted three days ago. When I posted this data on the campaign signs in my neighborhood to SolidSupplySide then, he didn't comment on the difference in his neighborhood. He waited three days to do disclose it on another thread. Why hide that type of information if it's true? It would have been the *perfect* place to point out the disparity! (If the shoe was on the other foot, I wouldn't have been able to resist)!

And I wonder why he/she won't answer my questions on this thread regarding who will get their vote in the general election should Campbell lose?

37 posted on 02/26/2006 5:35:29 PM PST by RedWhiteBlue
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To: SolidSupplySide

Delay will win, and he will win easily.


38 posted on 02/26/2006 5:36:24 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: SolidSupplySide; RedWhiteBlue; Flux Capacitor; capt. norm; kittymyrib; ChessExpert; AmishDude; ...

Right on!


39 posted on 02/26/2006 5:43:44 PM PST by Michael Goldsberry (Lt. Bruce C. Fryar USN 01-02-70 Laos)
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To: RedWhiteBlue
You didn't answer the question that I asked in #23 (is it correct that you would rather see Lampson win in the general election than for Tom DeLay to have another term), or my question in #28 (would you deny a vote to DeLay, by not voting at all or by voting for Stockman?). The absence of an answer to those questions just makes me go hmmmm .......

The worst outcome would be for Lampson to win. That's why I support Campbell. Campbell has a better chance at winning the general election than DeLay does.

As far as voting for DeLay . . . I haven't voted for him in 10 years. (I've mentioned this on many threads for many years; I don't try to hide it.) I hold elected officials to the highest level of ethical behavior. DeLay's behavior in the Milton Wright election of 1996 is in the grey area, but his contradictory statements under oath in the Blankenship case is an undeniable case of poor character.

40 posted on 02/26/2006 7:11:52 PM PST by SolidSupplySide
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To: RedWhiteBlue
When I posted this data on the campaign signs in my neighborhood to SolidSupplySide then, he didn't comment on the difference in his neighborhood. He waited three days to do disclose it on another thread. Why hide that type of information if it's true? It would have been the *perfect* place to point out the disparity! (If the shoe was on the other foot, I wouldn't have been able to resist)!

You inspired me to count yard signs; I hadn't counted the yard signs until this weekend. I'm sorry that I didn't have anything to tell you at the time you posted. I really had no desire to drag up an old thread to post this information on.

I'll repeat what I said about yard signs. I think they are a very poor predictor for an election. The only thing worse than counting yard signs would be counting signs in the ROW. Using that standard, Campbell wins 100 to 1.

I think DeLay supporters are getting worried about this race. Their ugliness in general doesn't seem to reflect confidence.

41 posted on 02/26/2006 7:19:02 PM PST by SolidSupplySide
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To: SolidSupplySide; RedWhiteBlue

What was the count?


42 posted on 02/26/2006 7:32:30 PM PST by Michael Goldsberry (Lt. Bruce C. Fryar USN 01-02-70 Laos)
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To: SolidSupplySide

DeLay will crush Campbell, he's still peddling his two-month-old poll of 200 people.


43 posted on 02/26/2006 7:59:33 PM PST by The Old Hoosier (Right makes might.)
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To: Michael Goldsberry

15 DeLay, 2 for Campbell. If you notice, when I mentioned this 3 days ago, Campbell only had one sign in my subdivision, so his support has DOUBLED! Oh, DeLay should be running scared now! (<---- Campbell supporter logic)


44 posted on 02/26/2006 8:35:23 PM PST by RedWhiteBlue
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To: SolidSupplySide
The worst outcome would be for Lampson to win. That's why I support Campbell. Campbell has a better chance at winning the general election than DeLay does. As far as voting for DeLay . . . I haven't voted for him in 10 years. (I've mentioned this on many threads for many years; I don't try to hide it.)

That still doesn't answer my question, and you know it. I don't know why you are afraid to come right out and say it directly, but have to beat around the bush. You will never vote for Delay or Lampson, in other words: When DeLay wins the primary (or *if* DeLay wins the primary -- if that makes you feel better for it to be stated that way), you will either withhold your vote (or vote for Stockman) and thereby you will in effect be helping Lampson. Whether you want to help Lampson or not is *not relevant*; that will be the end result. And you'll be happy as long as the outcome is that Tom DeLay loses.

45 posted on 02/26/2006 8:35:58 PM PST by RedWhiteBlue
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To: SolidSupplySide
You inspired me to count yard signs

Well, thank you. I'm so flattered that you find me to be inspirational!

46 posted on 02/26/2006 8:40:44 PM PST by RedWhiteBlue
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To: SolidSupplySide; Michael Goldsberry
Honestly, it appears your argument boils down to "We should support DeLay *because* he has been indicted." That is very strange.

So your reason to not vote for him is because you hold him to be unethical?

Proof?

I support Delay because he has been one of the few Republicans to play hardball with the Democrats (hence the legal attack against him).

If Campbell wins the primary I will vote for him.

My wife and I voted for Delay on Friday.

47 posted on 02/26/2006 10:51:35 PM PST by fortheDeclaration (Gal. 4:16)
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To: Flux Capacitor
Malaise is Prevalent in the Lampson Campaign
48 posted on 02/27/2006 10:12:48 AM PST by DrewsDad
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To: SolidSupplySide
I think DeLay supporters are getting worried about this race. Their ugliness in general doesn't seem to reflect confidence.
41 posted on 02/26/2006 7:19:02 PM PST by SolidSupplySide

Nor does your continued ignorance and spamming this forum with your anti-DeLay threads and banter reflect any confidence. - fla

49 posted on 02/27/2006 7:41:46 PM PST by flattorney ( The DeLay Chronicles - Updated 24/7: http://www.freerepublic.com/~flattorney)
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