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Posted on 08/27/2009 9:56:51 AM PDT by buffyt
LAKE JACKSON U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Texas, stopped at a Lake Jackson womans home Wednesday as part of what she says is an effort to bring the Republican Party back to the people.
The GOP gubernatorial candidate made her fifth visit to Anne McKeithan house to discuss her campaign and promote a grassroots effort to re-energize the GOP in Texas.
I just love her, Hutchison said of a smiling McKeithan. I can call her for anything and I know shell be there. Shes been such a friend and supporter for so long.
Hutchison talked about lowering taxes and reducing the size of state and federal governments as some of her goals in running for governor with about 60 people gathered in McKeithans large living room.
Calling on all Texans to support her campaign, Hutchison said current Republican Gov. Rick Perry has allowed the GOPs stronghold on the state to slip, with the state House of Representatives now just a few votes from falling into the hands of Democrats.
If such erosion is allowed and Texas becomes a blue state in a presidential race, it could tip the balance of power in the country for years, she said.
I want to bring the party back to the grass roots, she said. Its time for us to realize the consequences of this election. If Texas doesnt stay solidly Republican, we will not have another Republican president in our lifetimes.
Current Democratic President Barack Obamas health care plan would be disastrous, she said. Handing a large chunk of the U.S. economy over to the government is a bad idea, she said.
The takeover of our health care system is the worst thing that could happen to our country, Hutchison said. If we allow any part of this to pass, it will be the end of our choice in health care. I will fight government health care all the way.
She said shed support a system in which a patient would be switched to a government-run plan in the case of catastrophic illness. Any health care reform should include lawsuit reform, she said.
Closer to home, Hutchison said she would change the structure of the Texas Department of Transportation from a top-down approach to one more responsive to the needs of communities. She drew applause when she called the department arrogant for attempting to force toll roads on communities.
We need a TxDOT that listens to local leaders about what they need in their areas, she said. If they do want a toll road, there should only be a toll until the road is paid for, then no more.
Taxes on Texas businesses and property owners are too high, she said. And education, from pre-kindergarten to college, should be higher quality and more easily accessible to all. Teachers who are let go for poor performance in one district shouldnt be allowed to move to a new district, but should be out of the profession.
All young people should be able to attend college, even if its a community college at which they learn a trade to support their families, she said.
Perry has been in power a decade, which is long enough, said Hutchison, who was rumored to have been considering a run four years ago.
I feel so strongly that we need a change, she said, adding she supports a two-term limit for Texas governor.
Hutchison took a handful of questions from the audience, saying theres enough oil in the Alaskan National Wildlife Refuge to replace all current Middle Eastern imports. The refuge is the size of South Carolina but would require a drilling footprint the size of Houstons Hobby Airport, she said.
The number of jobs in Texas can be increased by lowering business taxes and encouraging the entrepreneurial spirit, she said.
McKeithan said she has supported Hutchison since she was state treasurer almost two decades ago.
I admire her, McKeithan said. She works hard and is a conservative Republican. Shes just the type of woman I like.
Sharon Rogers helped host the event.
Its wonderful to see her here, Rogers said, introducing Hutchison as the next governor of Texas.
John Lowman covers Brazoria County for The Facts. Contact him at 979-849-8581.
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U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Texas, signs an autograph for Judy Schaefer during a Wednesday afternoon gathering at Anne McKeithans home in Lake Jackson.
I will be voting for RICK PERRY!
Some may not like Rick Perry, but Hutchison would be almost as bad as Obama.
I think your right. I’m not sold at all on KBH and I’m not entirely pleased with Gov. Goodhair either.
I don’t see anyone else stepping up to the plate though.
I just go to listen to any elected official who shows up in town. We are polite and listen, then ask questions after the speech. We went to MANY Tom DeLay Townhall meetings here in LJ
That would be NICE for all new people to step up!
Yeah, IIRC the Mass Pike was supposed to be like that, too. Now it's an entrenched bureaucracy.
Right. Seems there was always a huge upsurge in expenses just before it was to be paid off.
TX Senator - ACU Ratings
Member Name 2008 YOS Life
HUTCHISON 76 16 89.38
CORNYN 79 6 92.00
Gee, maybe Kinky will run again.
Who is this woman, and what have they done with Kay?
As far as I'm concerned, she is the female equivalent of John McCain; maybe a RINO Ann Richards.
She's got a long way to go in convincing me to vote for her.
How are Perry and Hutchinson on illegal immigration/amnesty?
Another RINO.....sheesh, they are like cockroaches.