Skip to comments.(Houston Mayor Bill) White announces (Texas US) Senate campaign via Web video
Posted on 12/16/2008 4:29:39 PM PST by weegee
Houston Mayor Bill White used a Web video to announce his plan to run for U.S. Senate today....
He cites turbulent economic times, a rising federal deficit and high unemployment rates in the video, saying "this may be an opportunity for our nation to do things it has only dreamed of before..."
White previously worked as deputy secretary in the U.S. Department of Energy under President Clinton and as chief executive of the Wedge Group, a Houston-based holding company with interests in oil-field services, engineering and real estate.
In comments today, he also highlighted signature domestic issues such as health care and education.
"Right now a lot of our issues in Texas, and in the city of Houston for that matter, involve federal issues, like how do we deal with uninsured people who have healthcare needs," the mayor said. "Weve been dealing with UTMB for the past couple of weeks and essentially it has to do with a broken federal health care system. Higher education throughout the country is suffering because states dont have enough revenue to finance all of the scholarships they need. I think I can make a contribution."
White also mentioned his experience with federal bureaucracies from taking the city through Hurricane Ike: "We have citizens right now who cant get FEMA reimbursement for roofs that were blown off, you know, months ago. I think I can have an impact on that based on what Ive learned..."
He also talks about his record as mayor, citing his administration's work on cleaner air and cutting property taxes.
"If you are from the Houston area, judge me by my record, what you've seen, my hard work and how you evaluate things that have changed since I've been mayor," White says...
(Excerpt) Read more at chron.com ...
And PS, how many of our city's "uninsured" are illegal immigrants, Bill?
Our state deserves better than Rick Perry, Kay Bailey, Chris Bell, and Bill White.
What’s Leepy Brown doing. (JUST KIDDING!!!)
I won’t be voting for him. That Michael Williams sounds like our kind of guy. The one that heads the Railroad Commission.
And no Hutchenson for Gov.
“Our state deserves better than Rick Perry, Kay Bailey, Chris Bell, and Bill White.”
Yes it does. Good thing that Michael Williams also announced he’s running for the Senate:
Damn; I've been doing misspellings in my address. ;-)
(I pray Bill White does NOT get near that seat!)
I thought he was going to run for governor against Perry. He is expecting to get into a special election runoff for the KBH seat in 2009. People in Houston really believe in him!
Ah, Houston. The same city that elected David Dinkins’ police cheif Lee “Get Out of Town” Brown Mayor (after he was almost lynched by normally liberal New Yorkers for his incompetance), and that invited the Katrinamals into their city out of a sense of “christian duty” (how’s that working out for you!).
Ah, Houston. The same city that elected David Dinkins’ police chief Lee “Get Out of Town” Brown Mayor (after he was almost lynched by normally liberal New Yorkers for his incompetance), and that invited the Katrinamals into their city out of a sense of “christian duty” (how’s that working out for you!).
Mayor White is choosing the Senate too.
Chris Bell and Bill White are particularly nasty ****s because they are politicians who HAVE to hold some office, regardless of the scope.
Chris Bell has failed in runs for mayor, federal congress, governor, and possibly now state congress again. And he’s the lame duck who filed the partisan witchhunt investigation on Tom DeLay (which has netted no victory other than to get DeLay out of office, even the prosecutor has retired without taking the case to court).
Mayor Bob-White has run this town for the downtown business establishment (Billions looted) and now he’s up for leaving town again for DC.
“. Wonder who they’ll select as the next mayor. “
Won’t need one. White will lose the election.
Anyone with balls would attack Mayor White on inviting the Katrinamals into Houston.
What in Sam Mouston is this guy talking about? /s
He’s a Katrina “victim” loving, cash giver, free rent giver, ass-bag!
Bill White was the one who opened the city’s doors to the Katrina evacuees and even supported busing them to/from NOLA to vote. He challenged those who held contracts for the facilities at the George R. Brown to sue the city (we pay, not Bill) for losing the convention center space they’d rented and contracted for.
They flooded the roads in deep panic and a clusterf*** that was not even ADDRESSED until 12 hours into the matter (gridlock was not discussed until sunrise) followed by the advice to “shelter in place” when we got a direct hit by a hurricane and no power for 3 weeks.
Some people in Pompeii tried to hunker down too and that didn’t work so well for them.
As we “get off of gasoline” we won’t be able to drive our cars for WEEKS when there is no power to charge them back up again.
White’s solution was to beg the government for more money for the police, but then if we had just taken police OFF of traffic ticket duty and put them ON crime watch and prosecution for carjacking, it might have taken care of itself.
The police don’t want legal adults carrying guns in cars but we hear now that the police want all patrol cars to have 2 officers, not just one, because “our roads aren’t safe”. And what of the REST of us?
White is term limited out. Mayor Bob Lanier was term limited out of office. He’s since given up Lee P. Brown and Bill White, both figures from the Clinton administration and hardly Houstonians of note.
Bob is still kicking, maybe he’ll play kingmaker again.
Wonder how many of the Katrina refugees are still voting in 2 states.
It’s a real shame we never won the office with Orlando Sanchez. White kicked his butt after he had lost narrowly to Brown. I guess it was only close because of Brown
Harris county is moving in the wrong direction and those “immigrants” from NOLA aren’t helping.
Bill White is one of the few Democrats in Texas who could win a statewide race.
Pravda media. Houston Commiecal.
Welcome the socialism. Democrats run this town like a table.
Not this Houstonian.
Our state cast its electoral votes for McCain/Palin yesterday. How did your state do?
Notice I said “Houston,” NOT Texas. Harris County cast its votes for Obama.
Houston is part of Texas. Harris County's votes don't break out the electoral count.
I live in District 7 - one of the most conservative congressional districts in the nation, represented by John Culberson. That is in Houston, in Harris County.
We're not all Sheila Jackson-Lee/Leapy Brown scum.
Errrr, that would be Mayor White and Guv. Perry who invited the Katricians in.
But the west side, especially NW side is pretty red.
When I lived in Houston, I lived in the Braeswood Place neighborhood near Myerland, and our area was fairly red, I know we had a Republican State Rep.
NW Houston is probably the most Red area of the city.
So you can't really paint the entire city as Blue.
At least Chris Bell is out until he runs for something else.
And, BTW, White has continuously lobbied Congress for extensions in payments to the Katrina exiles...successfully, I might add. Thousands of them are still getting free rent through October 2009. Do the math -- that's FOUR YEARS + of clinging to the taxpayers' nearly dry teat.
Go back to Bill & Hill, Mr. Mayor; maybe they'll give you a nice cush State Dept gig.
Good freakin' GRIEF! Is THAT why those leeches are still in town?? I didn't know about that. (I've been away...kind of a lot.)
Bill White sucks more than I originally thought he sucked. This is infuriating. Those ingrates have raised our crime rate and our taxes. This needs to come up in White's stupid campaign.
Bill White for Texas’ US Senator - only if the Katrina people and the illegals get to vote!
I’d vote for Michael Williamson also.
Most true Texans are still ticked off about the invasion of the NOLA riff-raff who are STILL hanging around with their hands out and with “victim” attitudes.
I also live in John Culbertson’s district, and most residents in this area are conservative RED voters.
Those illegal immigrants from south of the border ain’t helping either!
Riding his toy train, what else?
Then, there's always that wonderful "sanctuary city" horsecrap....good God!
He CLAIMED to have synchronized the lights. All of the lights going green at the same instant is NOT synchronization. How fast would you have to go to make all of the lights?
Go to Galveston and drive up Broadway to see how staggarded synchronization works.
In the end, the city has said that they CAN NOT synchronize the lights because the irregular operation of the train turns all of the lights red at an intersection as the train approaches and leaves.
“At least Chris Bell is out until he runs for something else.”
I hadn’t heard:
Texas56, I live in Allegra’s neck of the woods when she’s home in H-town - Westchase, one of the formerly nicest parts of Houston.
It’s totally ghetto now. Several apartment complexes around us have gone Section 8 and are covered in graffiti and missing siding. Thuggish types abound, as do payday loan storefronts.
I cannot wait to get out of here and find a better part of town. I love Houston and don’t want to leave, but the Katriminals might just drive me further out.
But you're right about a lot of Westchase. That little performace we saw in the Food Town parking lot when I was home last summer said it all.
Avacado lives in our neck of the woods, too and may be able to advise on some areas that are still OK.
Yes, Westchase used to be nice, but once again the Katrina types and illegals are making a once nice area of town go trashy.
You might try going Katy or toward Cypress. You have to get out further to get away from the questionable citizens of our once fair city.