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Texas governor's race not turning out as expected
The Fort Worth Star Telegram ^ | 2/20/2010 | DAVE MONTGOMERY

Posted on 02/21/2010 7:50:11 AM PST by LA Woman3

WHARTON -- It began as a battle of the titans, with Rick Perry -- the longest serving governor in Texas history -- being challenged in the GOP primary by the state's senior U.S. senator, Kay Bailey Hutchison.

But as the multimillion-dollar contest comes to a close, Perry's bid for another four-year term appears to hinge not only on Hutchison's strength but on the fate of the third candidate in the race -- Debra Medina, a once-obscure insurgent whose showing in the March 2 primary will decide whether Perry wins outright or faces an April runoff. With Perry holding a seemingly insurmountable lead in polls, the governor's race in recent weeks began evolving into a surprise battle for second place as Medina appeared to be within striking distance of overtaking Hutchison, one of the state's dominant political figures.

But Medina's detractors -- as well as several independent analysts -- say she may have self-destructed in a Feb. 11 interview with conservative commentator Glenn Beck by not immediately disavowing a theory that the U.S. government may have played a role in the 9-11 terrorist attacks.

The former Wharton County Republican chairwoman quickly sought to repair the damage, saying there was no doubt that Muslim terrorists flew the hijacked planes on 9-11. Medina now says she believes the incident may have strengthened her candidacy by galvanizing supporters, positioning her for a strong showing against her two Republican rivals.

"Did it feel good? No. Am I sick of answering the questions? Yes. I am," she said in an hourlong interview last week in her Wharton campaign headquarters. "But at the end of day, I think it's going to be labeled backfire," she added, repeating her contention that she was set up in Beck's interview.

(Excerpt) Read more at star-telegram.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: governor; medina; paulestinians; texas; troofers; truthers
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1 posted on 02/21/2010 7:50:12 AM PST by LA Woman3
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To: BuckeyeTexan
Medina conspiracy theory ping!

"Did it feel good? No. Am I sick of answering the questions? Yes. I am," she said in an hourlong interview last week in her Wharton campaign headquarters. "But at the end of day, I think it's going to be labeled backfire," she added, repeating her contention that she was set up in Beck's interview.


2 posted on 02/21/2010 7:54:19 AM PST by LA Woman3
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To: LA Woman3
Of all the nutty things Medina might believe, the idea that Glen Beck might deliberately do something to help either Hutchison or Perry is, well, pretty far out there!
3 posted on 02/21/2010 7:57:35 AM PST by Kansas58
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To: LA Woman3

She blew it. Her instincts are not well honed.

Forget Medina.


4 posted on 02/21/2010 7:59:46 AM PST by Dudoight
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To: LA Woman3

It going to be interesting, as it looks like from the Early Voting numbers turnout is on pace to match or be higher than the 550,000 early vote in the primary in 2008, that equal 1.36 million votes overall in the repulican primary. Most people were guess anywhere from 600,000 to about 900,000 votes overall. I have a feeling that Kay Bay has been underpolled for a while now and I’m starting to wonder if it not playing out with higher turnout numbers.


5 posted on 02/21/2010 8:00:08 AM PST by Paul8148
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To: Kansas58

Exactly!


6 posted on 02/21/2010 8:00:55 AM PST by LA Woman3
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To: LA Woman3

In a race between two Democrats with R’s by their names and a Paulite, one of the Democrats is sure to win.

Too bad real conservatives didn’t bother to field a candidate. They could have won.

That last sentence, unfortunately, is the story in far too many places in 2010.


7 posted on 02/21/2010 8:01:10 AM PST by EternalVigilance (TATBO - "Throw All The Bums Out")
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To: LA Woman3

She’s already blaming others for her own words.......


8 posted on 02/21/2010 8:01:19 AM PST by Squantos (Be polite. Be professional. But have a plan to kill everyone you meet)
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To: LA Woman3
...repeating her contention that she was set up in Beck's interview.

Deferring blame for her own screw up.

9 posted on 02/21/2010 8:01:22 AM PST by EGPWS (Trust in God, question everyone else)
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To: Dudoight
She blew it. Her instincts are not well honed.

I.e., she isn't able to keep her right arm from going into a stiff salute.


10 posted on 02/21/2010 8:03:04 AM PST by AmishDude
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To: Dudoight

I agree!!! Medina is far from the sharpest knife in the drawer. Even though, I do not agree with Rick Perry on every item, I will be voting for him. There is no way I can cast my vote for the “Obama” worshiper, Kay Bailey Hutchison.


11 posted on 02/21/2010 8:03:49 AM PST by JLAGRAYFOX
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To: Squantos

I hope she doesn’t use a Farouk Chi to style her hair!


12 posted on 02/21/2010 8:03:58 AM PST by LA Woman3
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To: LA Woman3

I heard her interview with Beck on Feb. 11 and she sounded very much like a 911 conspiracy lunatic. She had plenty of opportunities to correct herself and didn’t. Stick a fork in her.


13 posted on 02/21/2010 8:04:50 AM PST by Riptides
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To: LA Woman3

A week away from the primary early voting, Medina was all over the news. That’s not such a bad thing in politics.


14 posted on 02/21/2010 8:08:59 AM PST by Need4Truth (All the king's horses and all the king's men could not reprogram the Branch Carbonians.)
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To: LA Woman3

LOL! I don’t think she actually styles her hair. As for Farouk... WACKJOB delux! He and Medina would make quite the pair.

I wouldn’t buy a CHI if my hair depended on it. What a rrrrriiiippppoff!


15 posted on 02/21/2010 8:09:37 AM PST by nagdt ("speak the truth but leave immediately afterward")
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This idea that Beck (or anybody else) sabotaged Medina is absurd. If you can’t answer “did the govt have anything to do with the 9/11 attacks?” you're not be fit to run for dogcatcher.

For God's sake, has anybody really looked into her platform- her background? Has this woman even been vetted?

She wants legalized drugs.

She backs gay marriage.

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She has not spoken to her elderly parents for YEARS. They had to find out she was runing for governor of Texas by reading the newspaper!

http://www.statesman.com/news/texas-politics/medina-hailing-from-beeville-learned-political-skills-on-229907.html?srcTrk=RTR_95609 What does this say about this woman's character? And rumors are begin to surface about husband Noe's past associations.

Take a look at some of the statements she has made: "It’s a shame isn’t it, that Republicans continue to ignore Hispanics especially here in Texas?’

"Who is going to think more about Latino families? Rick Perry, Kay Bailey Hutchison or me, who has a Latino family?”

"Being married, however, to someone with a Mexican American heritage, I certainly embrace the culture.”

"I believe we too often get into race when it’s immaterial.” (Obummer, is that you?)

I don't believe for one minute Medina's propaganda about wanting to strengthen the border!

La Raza probably has her in their back pocket!

Glenn Beck has once again helped the tea-party stay in the Republican mainstreamby by weeding out dangerous fringe thinkers like Medina.

Medina is NOT representative of the Tea Party movement. She USED them- latched herself on to them. She’s a hard core Libertarian who has realized that the Libertarian Party will never win anything and that the only possible way to get herself into office is to do what Ron Paul did and wrap herself in the Republican cloak in hopes that it will fool enough of the voters enough of the time. Thank God Glen Beck outed her in time.

Retrieve your sombrero from the ring and go home Senora Medina. You're Texas toast. . .

16 posted on 02/21/2010 8:10:25 AM PST by patriot08 (TEXAS GAL- born and bred and proud of it!)
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To: LA Woman3

she is a 9/11 conspiracy theorist...

she can pound sand....what is it with her and the Paul duo that makes them think it is ok to defer blame for those who hate and want to destroy America??

despicable.


17 posted on 02/21/2010 8:11:07 AM PST by Vaquero (BHO....'The Pretenda from Kenya')
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To: LA Woman3

Not from Texas, but I like Perry


18 posted on 02/21/2010 8:11:25 AM PST by Friendofgeorge ( SARAH PALIN or BUST.)
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To: Paul8148

I am not in favor. Kay Baily would likely to bring her Washington game to Austin. There no one looks at how much money is coming in, and she would continue to do what she is good at, which is to bring pork home to be distributed among her contributors. The rationale about getting as much for one’s state is that, well, we send all this money to DC, why not try to get as much back as possible. It turns into a scamble among the chimps for the bananas. We have seen how it all turns out. The state end up being controlled by remote and blind federal agencies. And by remote, I mean if offices they happen to be in Dallas or Houston. They are disconnected from the ordinary voter, except through one’s congressman. And, yes, I know that the game is essentially the same as it was in Washington’s time, but the size of it is now so large that the smallstakeholder is totally upable to get a place at the table. This, as much as anything is the cause of the Tea Party ruckus. Even fairly well-to-do local elites have been frozen out. Texas by itself is now large enough to run its own game. If we are not careful, however, we will end up like California.


19 posted on 02/21/2010 8:12:58 AM PST by RobbyS (Pray with the suffering souls.)
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To: LA Woman3

March 2 primary?

Lowering poll numbers are why Kay Bailey has changed the date of her resigning her Senate seat 3 times.

The last date I saw her intent was to resign in ‘March’.

Hmmm. I guess that part about resigning ‘only if I win the primary’ was silent.

If she doesn’t win, I have my doubts that she will resign.

Was all that resignation talk just talk, Kay?


20 posted on 02/21/2010 8:14:24 AM PST by TomGuy
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To: Friendofgeorge

I voted for Perry. KBH is a nutjob.


21 posted on 02/21/2010 8:15:16 AM PST by Old Texan (Nobama, cound't get a job as a shift leader at Church's Fried Chicken.)
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To: LA Woman3

LOL !


22 posted on 02/21/2010 8:15:31 AM PST by Squantos (Be polite. Be professional. But have a plan to kill everyone you meet)
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To: Pantera; TWfromTEXAS; BoringGuy; Richard Kimball; girlscout; omegabea; Warrior_Queen; erkyl; ...
Ping

Freepmail me or ping me from the original thread to get on/off the 2010 Texas Governor's Race ping list.

23 posted on 02/21/2010 8:19:14 AM PST by BuckeyeTexan (Integrity, Honesty, Character, & Loyalty still matter)
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To: LA Woman3

I live in Texas. Perry is going to win in a landslide. People here see KBH as a good person who has spent too long in DC. They took a look at Medina, or were seriously starting to, when she outed herself as a lightwight truther.

Perry is running effectively on a “Texan for Texas, hands off DC” platform. He turned away the “stimulus” money because of the strings attached, and Texas is better off for it. He’s not perfect, but he’s more than good enough.

Aint broke, Texas isn’t going to “fix” it...


24 posted on 02/21/2010 8:19:26 AM PST by piytar (Ammo is hard to find! Bought some lately? Please share where at www.ammo-finder.com)
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To: patriot08

Great observations and conclusions!!


25 posted on 02/21/2010 8:21:31 AM PST by blackie
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To: Riptides
I think her inability to answer the simple question “Who are you?” was very telling.
26 posted on 02/21/2010 8:22:22 AM PST by LA Woman3
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To: LA Woman3

Medina has been saving her powder for the primary’s.
She is running ads now.
I am seeing signs in yards around here.

I think she is going to beat out Kay.

Sadly Debra is aligned with the Ron Paul Kook set and she is a political neophyte. Perry will win reelection easily.

I am not a Perry fan but I will vote for him again.
Perry has been good for the Texas economy for the most part.


27 posted on 02/21/2010 8:37:50 AM PST by mylife (Opinions: $1.00 Halfbaked: 50c)
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To: JLAGRAYFOX

What about Farouk Shami? LoL


28 posted on 02/21/2010 8:42:26 AM PST by mylife (Opinions: $1.00 Halfbaked: 50c)
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To: LA Woman3

Have you heard this muslim dipshits ads?

They are all ominous and rooted in Texas history.... then you hear this guy that sounds like Apu say “I am Farouk Shami! And I approve this message”! Hilarious and scary LoL

The guy is a PLO sympathizer.


29 posted on 02/21/2010 8:46:10 AM PST by mylife (Opinions: $1.00 Halfbaked: 50c)
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To: piytar

Perry is good at sticking his finger up in the air and going along with whatever the prevailing winds tell him, he has no core beliefs, and I trust him about as far as I could throw him.


30 posted on 02/21/2010 8:48:48 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: AmishDude
Remember the last line of the movie?

"Mein RonPaul! I kan valk!"

31 posted on 02/21/2010 8:49:16 AM PST by Poe White Trash (Wake up!)
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To: All
Why not Kinky? LoL


32 posted on 02/21/2010 8:50:14 AM PST by mylife (Opinions: $1.00 Halfbaked: 50c)
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To: piytar

I agree with you 100%


33 posted on 02/21/2010 8:51:35 AM PST by mylife (Opinions: $1.00 Halfbaked: 50c)
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To: Poe White Trash

Cute but Ron Paul is an anti-truther. He thinks their theories are nonsense.


34 posted on 02/21/2010 8:51:52 AM PST by Captain Kirk
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To: patriot08

35 posted on 02/21/2010 8:52:11 AM PST by houeto (Remember in November!)
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To: Kansas58

Medina’s handlers are steadily destroying their wannabe...


36 posted on 02/21/2010 8:52:12 AM PST by harpu ( "...it's better to be hated for who you are than loved for someone you're not!")
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To: dfwgator

He has kept Texas prosperous.
Though he has also increased the cost of living here.


37 posted on 02/21/2010 8:54:16 AM PST by mylife (Opinions: $1.00 Halfbaked: 50c)
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To: LA Woman3
Kay Bailey can't answer a straight question.

Medina lacks experience.

Perry is a known commodity.

38 posted on 02/21/2010 8:55:04 AM PST by Slyfox
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To: LA Woman3

I presume they mean a run off between Hutchison and Perry?

But if Perry bested Hutchison in the primary, wouldn’t a good Republican bow out in order to let Perry concentrate on the general election, rather than forcing a run off?


39 posted on 02/21/2010 8:55:54 AM PST by Brilliant
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To: Captain Kirk

He sure has a lot of followers that are flat out conspiracy theorist.


40 posted on 02/21/2010 8:57:18 AM PST by mylife (Opinions: $1.00 Halfbaked: 50c)
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To: Squantos
She’s already blaming others for her own words.......

It's sickening. She's spinning more and more out of control and down the drain. She's done. My vote is for Perry.

41 posted on 02/21/2010 9:01:38 AM PST by bgill (The framers of the US Constitution established an entire federal government in 18 pages.)
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To: Captain Kirk
As for RP's not being a Truther...I suppose you think that RP and Alex Jones are just "good friends." LOL.

Birds (including Medina) of a feather...

42 posted on 02/21/2010 9:02:06 AM PST by Poe White Trash (Wake up!)
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To: Riptides

Beck ambushed her!

/Sarcasm


43 posted on 02/21/2010 9:02:57 AM PST by Balding_Eagle (If America falls, darkness will cover the face of the earth for a thousand years.)
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To: mylife
Farouk really stepped in it when he said this....

Shami: "I don't find ... many white people really willing to work"
44 posted on 02/21/2010 9:04:21 AM PST by LA Woman3
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CPAC straw poll says Paul is a winner LoL 32% approval.
Sarah Palin 7% Pawlenty 6%

This according to an ABC news radio report I just heard.

Good Lord if this is anywhere close to accurate we are so screwed.

I don’t believe it. Smells like BS


45 posted on 02/21/2010 9:05:00 AM PST by mylife (Opinions: $1.00 Halfbaked: 50c)
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To: Brilliant

I don’t see KBH going away quietly.


46 posted on 02/21/2010 9:07:11 AM PST by LA Woman3
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To: LA Woman3

All he had to do was side with the palestinians to piss me off.

He needs to take the money he made in Texas and head on home.
Dont forget to thank us and kiss our Texas ass on the way home.


47 posted on 02/21/2010 9:07:59 AM PST by mylife (Opinions: $1.00 Halfbaked: 50c)
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48 posted on 02/21/2010 9:15:47 AM PST by mylife (Opinions: $1.00 Halfbaked: 50c)
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To: mylife

I was interested in Medina until the Beck interview shined some light on her kooky ideas.


49 posted on 02/21/2010 9:17:14 AM PST by comps4spice (Liberalism is a disease; Democrats are the puss in the boil on the butt of humanity.)
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To: mylife

Farouk Farouk!


50 posted on 02/21/2010 9:17:58 AM PST by dusttoyou (libs are all wee wee'd up and no place to go)
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