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Tom Schieffer (D) takes step toward run for governor (Texas)
Houston Chronicle ^ | March 2, 2009 | AP

Posted on 03/02/2009 1:47:39 PM PST by SolidWood

AUSTIN, Texas — Democrat Tom Schieffer, a former international diplomat with close ties to former President George W. Bush, is moving toward a race for governor.

Schieffer is forming an exploratory committee that will allow him to raise money and campaign for the office. If he ultimately runs, his relationship to the former Republican president is sure to be a top issue among Democratic primary voters next year.

(Excerpt) Read more at chron.com ...


TOPICS: Breaking News; Government; Politics/Elections; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: democraplican; elections; governor; oneparty; republicrat; schieffer; texas; who
Oh looky! A turncoat Pubbie turned Democrat "Bushie". I wonder whether the Dems will make a huge circus about him as they did with every Republican... *cough*


1 posted on 03/02/2009 1:47:40 PM PST by SolidWood
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To: SolidWood

RINO turned Dumbass?


2 posted on 03/02/2009 1:49:43 PM PST by xcamel (The urge to save humanity is always a false front for the urge to rule it. - H. L. Mencken)
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To: SolidWood

I don’t think Tom Schieffer was ever a Republican. He’s a life-long Democrat as far as I know and can remember going back to at least the 1990s.


3 posted on 03/02/2009 1:49:52 PM PST by kesg (enduring Day 28 of our national holiday from reality)
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To: SolidWood

Tom Schieffer was never a Republican.


4 posted on 03/02/2009 1:50:31 PM PST by LdSentinal
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To: kesg

You seem to be right. I read the news and looked up his bio, which apparently wrongly listed him as R.


5 posted on 03/02/2009 1:52:24 PM PST by SolidWood (Palin: "In Alaska we eat therefore we hunt.")
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To: LdSentinal

Yes, asked the Mod for correcting the headline. He was indeed D since the 1970s.


6 posted on 03/02/2009 1:54:04 PM PST by SolidWood (Palin: "In Alaska we eat therefore we hunt.")
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To: xcamel

[T turned D]


Since when?...... I think you’ll find he’s always been a D. The Ds are hurting to find a candidate for this race especially since KBH appears to be entering and thus they seem to be focusing on the Senate seat or other positions.


7 posted on 03/02/2009 1:54:10 PM PST by deport
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To: SolidWood

Perry was never a Republican either


8 posted on 03/02/2009 1:54:21 PM PST by hadaclueonce (< Patching a tire ....)
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To: SolidWood; Impy; PhilCollins
Last year, Ron Paul kook Bob Conley of South Carolina announced he was leaving the GOP because the party wouldn't sing Kumbaya with terrorists, and becoming a RAT who would caucus with Harry Reid. He then ran for the U.S. Senate as a RAT and won the RAT primary in a fluke. His big campaign issue was to surrender in Iraq immediately and "bring the troops home".

Interestingly enough, not only did some freepers continue to support the guy, but they argued he was the "true conservative" in the race (despite the fact his Republican opponent was a staunch supporter of the WOT).

9 posted on 03/02/2009 1:54:41 PM PST by BillyBoy (Impeach Obama? Yes We Can!)
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To: deport

[T turned D]

s/b [R turned D]

sheesh........ Thanks for asking the mod to change the title........


10 posted on 03/02/2009 1:55:08 PM PST by deport
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To: SolidWood

didn’t obama say that he was going after texas next and try and make it democrat?


11 posted on 03/02/2009 1:55:49 PM PST by angelcindy ("If you follow the crowd,you get no further than the crowd")
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To: SolidWood

GWB in my opinion was a Democrat, he sure made Obama’s chance at being elected a sure thing. The Republicans have reaped what they sowed.


12 posted on 03/02/2009 1:58:04 PM PST by ar10
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To: BillyBoy; SolidWood

If Rep. Mark Kirk can run as a Republican, Tom Schieffer should be able to run as a Democrat.


13 posted on 03/02/2009 1:58:40 PM PST by PhilCollins
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To: hadaclueonce

“Perry was never a Republican either”

....only more of one than Kay Bailey.


14 posted on 03/02/2009 2:09:03 PM PST by cowtowney
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To: PhilCollins

Is this a brother of CBS’s Bob Schieffer, who is originally from Fort Worth?


15 posted on 03/02/2009 2:54:56 PM PST by Theodore R. (GWB is gone: Now the American sheeple can sleep at night!)
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To: ar10

GWB was not a Democrat; he just pined for Democrats to say something nice about him, and few ever did.


16 posted on 03/02/2009 2:55:43 PM PST by Theodore R. (GWB is gone: Now the American sheeple can sleep at night!)
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To: angelcindy

didn’t obama say that he was going after texas next and try and make it democrat?


The demographics of Texas is changing such that statewide a democrat may win in the not to distant future. You have to remember that it wasn’t that many years ago when Texas was solidly in the democrat fold. Many of the current Texas Republican statewide office holders and congressional critters were at one point a democrat. The big difference is the old democrats were much more conservative than the current crop.

The Texas State House is within two of being controlled by the democrats. The State Senate is still strongly in the Rupublican ledger. The state elections for those to be in office for the 2011 redistricting action will be a factor of how the apportionment goes down after the 2010 census.


17 posted on 03/02/2009 2:57:39 PM PST by deport
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To: Theodore R.

Is this a brother of CBS’s Bob Schieffer, who is originally from Fort Worth?


Bob is his older brother......


18 posted on 03/02/2009 3:00:27 PM PST by deport
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To: hadaclueonce

If Perry hadn’t pursued that superhighway, threatening to take away everyone’s land in Central Texas, he’d be a lock for reelection.


19 posted on 03/02/2009 3:21:07 PM PST by WheresMyBailout
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To: SolidWood

dumbocrat


20 posted on 03/02/2009 3:21:31 PM PST by GeronL (Will bankrupting America lead to socialism?)
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To: WheresMyBailout

“If Perry hadn’t pursued that superhighway, threatening to take away everyone’s land in Central Texas, he’d be a lock for reelection.”

Then he would have to deal with that little thing of who his kid is working for.


21 posted on 03/02/2009 3:49:38 PM PST by hadaclueonce (< Patching a tire ....)
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To: hadaclueonce

As much as all hate KBH, I hate Perry more.


22 posted on 03/02/2009 3:51:18 PM PST by hadaclueonce (< Patching a tire ....)
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To: SolidWood

Question for Texas FReepers: Will Hutchison pose a serious challenge to Perry in the primary, and will this clown Schieffer (or any TX Dem) be a serious threat in the general.

I would think with the Republican bent of Texas and the fact that it will be a mid-term election, Republicans should have the winds blowing their way.

I can’t imagine Obama or Democrats being popular in Texas right now, or in 2010.


23 posted on 03/02/2009 4:00:45 PM PST by St. Louis Conservative
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To: SolidWood

He is, Bob Schieffer’s brother....Of CBS News fame....


24 posted on 03/02/2009 4:27:31 PM PST by devane617 (Republicans first strategy should be taking over the MSM. Without it we are doomed.)
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To: St. Louis Conservative

NOWAYKAY NOWAYKAY NOWAYKAY !!!!!!!!!!!! Let’s pray, and work that Kay is not elected Gov of Texas.


25 posted on 03/02/2009 4:29:04 PM PST by devane617 (Republicans first strategy should be taking over the MSM. Without it we are doomed.)
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To: St. Louis Conservative

Question for Texas FReepers: Will Hutchison pose a serious challenge to Perry in the primary, and will this clown Schieffer (or any TX Dem) be a serious threat in the general.


I think if it stays with Perry/Hutchison as the two main contenders in the primary my guess is KBH will defeat Perry. Perry ticked off a lot of his rural supporters with the TTC and then another group with the vaccination of girls. KBH has won state wide as both Treasure or whatever it was called back then and Senator twice.

Perry won in the General last time with less than 40% of the vote. Granted it was a circus with Kinky, Grandma whatever her name is now, and the democrat in the race.

It’s also a tea sip cheerleader versus an aggie yell leader thing. So there is some statewide school competition included come primary time.


26 posted on 03/02/2009 5:19:20 PM PST by deport
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To: Theodore R.

10-4 on that. Bob Schieffer’s brother.

Tom might just be the business oriented Democrat “moderate” they want to use to gain power in Texas.

This Schieffer was a partner of W’s in ownership of the Texas Rangers baseball team.


27 posted on 03/02/2009 5:37:59 PM PST by Nextrush (Sarah Palin is the new Ronald Reagan.)
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To: Theodore R.
Is this a brother of CBS’s Bob Schieffer, who is originally from Fort Worth?

Yes. He was President Georg W. Bush's Ambassador to Japan.

28 posted on 03/02/2009 6:17:08 PM PST by CDB
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To: deport

KBH has less than stellar pro-life credentials though. The child vaccination flap notwithstanding, Perry has solid social conservative credentials. Hutchison is a moderate and Perry is a conservative. It depends on which wing of the GOP is stronger in Texas. My guess is that by 2010, the country (especially Texas) is going to be sour on Obama and liberalism and thus I would like Perry’s chances. However, I don’t live in Texas, so I will defer to those that actually live there.


29 posted on 03/02/2009 6:58:44 PM PST by St. Louis Conservative
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To: St. Louis Conservative

It depends on which wing of the GOP is stronger in Texas.


We have about one year until the Primary. I don’t look at it as the stronger GOP wing but rather which candidate has ticked off the voters in Texas the most. Today I’d say that is Perry as he as governor is the closest to the voters on a day to day basis. True he’s running around trying to out conservative his previous conservative stance. We’ll see as both will have millions to spend and Perry does have a group that can get down and dirty when necessary or so it’s said.


30 posted on 03/02/2009 7:28:57 PM PST by deport
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To: hadaclueonce; fieldmarshaldj

I don’t like Perry but I have to hope he beats KBH who would be worse in my opinion (like Murkowsi in Alaska, Senators don’t have great rack record in being good Governors, Pete Wilson also). I wish a 3rd contender would get in the GOP race.

KBH is ‘popular’ and would win but it’s not out of the question for a rat to beat Perry. The Mayor of Houston I believe is the rat favorite.


31 posted on 03/02/2009 9:02:41 PM PST by Impy (RED=COMMUNIST, NOT REPUBLICAN)
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To: St. Louis Conservative; Clintonfatigued

Well I’m next door to you but I know Perry is not well liked and I don’t think he’s doing a great job but KHB would be worse.

My feeling is that he’ll win running to the right of her. Hopefully too much damage for the general election won’t be caused.


32 posted on 03/02/2009 9:06:51 PM PST by Impy (RED=COMMUNIST, NOT REPUBLICAN)
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To: hadaclueonce

Who does his son work for?

Why is that an issue?


33 posted on 03/02/2009 9:11:35 PM PST by Impy (RED=COMMUNIST, NOT REPUBLICAN)
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To: BillyBoy

Turns out this Scieffer guy was never a Republican just a Bush friendly rat (barf).


34 posted on 03/02/2009 9:13:10 PM PST by Impy (RED=COMMUNIST, NOT REPUBLICAN)
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To: hadaclueonce

Maybe I will vote for Kinky this time.


35 posted on 03/02/2009 9:14:52 PM PST by dfwgator (1996 2006 2008 - Good Things Come in Threes)
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To: Impy

Does he have a big brother in the news business?


36 posted on 03/03/2009 3:55:32 AM PST by Thebaddog (Obama really did believe that stuff he was saying during the campaign)
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To: dfwgator

I wouldn’t recommended it. He’s joined (rejoined) the rat party. Should he decide to run again, he stands zero chance at the rat nomination anyway.


37 posted on 03/03/2009 5:43:27 AM PST by Impy (RED=COMMUNIST, NOT REPUBLICAN)
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To: Thebaddog

Yes he is Bob Schieffer’s younger brother.


38 posted on 03/03/2009 5:44:28 AM PST by Impy (RED=COMMUNIST, NOT REPUBLICAN)
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To: SolidWood

Texas is a big target for the Dems.


39 posted on 03/03/2009 10:23:08 AM PST by austinaero ((More Bark, Less Wag))
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To: Impy; fieldmarshaldj; Norman Bates

I think that Governor Goodhair should retire and do shampoo commercials. I also think that in Louisiana, David Vitter should leave politics. He could make good money as a spokesman for Depends.


40 posted on 03/03/2009 3:56:17 PM PST by Clintonfatigued (If greed is a virtue, than corporate socialism is conservative)
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To: Clintonfatigued

“I also think that in Louisiana, David Vitter should leave politics. He could make good money as a spokesman for Depends.”

Tell it Louisiana freepers and you’re a “damn Yankee”. ;)

I hope he doesn’t go the way of Tim Hutchinson and fall to a “conservative” rat.


41 posted on 03/04/2009 2:52:05 AM PST by Impy (RED=COMMUNIST, NOT REPUBLICAN)
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To: CDB

This ought to go over real well in the Dem primary!


42 posted on 03/04/2009 6:13:07 AM PST by CPT Clay (Drill ANWR, Personal Accounts NOW ,)
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To: Impy

The Mayor of Houston I believe is the rat favorite.


Since KBH indicated she is getting in the governors race the major dems have switched to the Senate seat.....

from the Chronicle 12/17/08: http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/front/6168001.html

Mayor Bill White officially jumped into the increasingly crowded field of candidates vying for a U.S. Senate seat Tuesday, touting his grasp on energy issues and his experience running the nation’s fourth largest city.
end snip

The article list several on both sides that are looking at the Senate seat.


43 posted on 03/04/2009 6:22:15 AM PST by deport
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To: St. Louis Conservative
Question for Texas FReepers: Will Hutchison pose a serious challenge to Perry in the primary, and will this clown Schieffer (or any TX Dem) be a serious threat in the general.

It depends on whether Perry accomplishes anything in this spring's legislative session?

While I do not question Perry's (for the most part) conservatism, his ability to drive the legislative agenda pales in comparison to his predecessors.

Disclaimer: I am undecided between Perry and KBH for the above reason.

44 posted on 03/04/2009 7:31:02 AM PST by writmeister
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