Skip to comments.Texas governor's race not turning out as expected
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.
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She blew it. Her instincts are not well honed.
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.
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.
She’s already blaming others for her own words.......
Deferring blame for her own screw up.
I.e., she isn't able to keep her right arm from going into a stiff salute.
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.
I hope she doesn’t use a Farouk Chi to style her hair!
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.
A week away from the primary early voting, Medina was all over the news. That’s not such a bad thing in politics.
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!
This idea that Beck (or anybody else) sabotaged Medina is absurd. If you cant 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.
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: "Its a shame isnt 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 its 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. Shes 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. . .
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??
Not from Texas, but I like Perry
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.
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?