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Chavez-Thompson wins Democratic nomination for Lt Gov (beats Ronnie Earle, Tom Delay prosecutor)
Dallas Morning News ^ | 8:08 AM Wed, Mar 03, 2010 | Terrence Stutz

Posted on 03/03/2010 7:21:56 AM PST by a fool in paradise

Labor leader Linda Chavez-Thompson won the Democratic nomination for lieutenant governor on Tuesday, capturing 53 percent of the primary vote against two opponents. She now faces incumbent Republican Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst in the fall in a race that will be an uphill battle for the Democrat. Chavez-Thompson used her support from labor and Hispanic groups to establish a strong position in the race and also outspent her opponents - including former Travis County District Attorney Ronnie Earle - by a substantial margin.

Chavez-Thompson, 65, of San Antonio, is a former executive vice president of the AFL-CIO and a vice chair of the Democratic National Committee....

In seeking the nomination, Chavez-Thompson stayed close to her roots, sounding working class themes and accusing Republican leaders of losing touch with ordinary Texans. She will try to become the first Democrat to hold the state's number two job since Bob Bullock, who left office more than a decade ago. Dewhurst, who was unopposed in the Republican primary on Tuesday, has already raised $2.8 million for his campaign. He is expected to ride strong Republican trends in Texas that date back to the 1990s. No Democrat has held a statewide office since then.

(Excerpt) Read more at trailblazersblog.dallasnews.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Government; Politics/Elections; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: 2006election; 2010election; charlesrangel; chrisbell; cultureofcorruption; democratscandals; getdelay; howtostealcongress; partisanwitchhunt; ronnieearle; tomdelay; traviscounty

1 posted on 03/03/2010 7:21:56 AM PST by a fool in paradise
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To: a fool in paradise

Ironic that it would happen as Charles Rangel goes down for bigger ethics violations.


2 posted on 03/03/2010 7:22:57 AM PST by a fool in paradise
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To: a fool in paradise

Now why have we not heard of this until now?

And was her name touted Chavez-Thompson, then????


3 posted on 03/03/2010 7:31:15 AM PST by Freddd (CNN is down to Three Hundred Thousand viewers. But they worked for it.)
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To: a fool in paradise

Earle should be in jail for his brazenly political indictment of Tom DeLay.


4 posted on 03/03/2010 7:33:06 AM PST by denydenydeny ("I'm sure this goes against everything you've been taught, but right and wrong do exist"-Dr House)
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To: a fool in paradise

so the Governor and Lt Governor can be elected from different parties in TX?
interesting
will Perry win this thing? I hear White could be formidable opponent and that Perry is “weak” though i dont live in TX. Dems seem to think White has a good shot of winning the seat


5 posted on 03/03/2010 7:37:49 AM PST by DM1
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To: a fool in paradise; denydenydeny; Freddd

If Kay Bailey Hutchison hadn’t tried to unseat Governor Perry, this would have been the high point of her day. Earle indicted her in 1993 for using state telephones for political purposes. Her defense attorney was able to maneuver in such a way as to force Ronnie Earl to withdraw the indictments. Earl had a very low rate of convictions on indictments of politicians. Notice Tom Delay still hasn’t been even indicted on anything. I really think the local Travis county DA should not have jurisdiction over state officials. Such cases should be handled by the state attorney general.


6 posted on 03/03/2010 7:41:50 AM PST by Paleo Conservative
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To: DM1

White might have had a chance in a normal year, but the Democrats have a serious head wind due to the unpopularity of the Obama administration.


7 posted on 03/03/2010 7:43:45 AM PST by Paleo Conservative
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To: Paleo Conservative

interesting thanks
are there any polls out at this point? just curious


8 posted on 03/03/2010 7:45:06 AM PST by DM1
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To: a fool in paradise

White is going to have a tough time I feel, as the majority of Texans I’ve talked to do not really seem to feel that the City of Houston is culturally a part of Texas. (more like some big Northeastern city or third-world country in their opinion)


9 posted on 03/03/2010 7:45:22 AM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: DM1
interesting thanks
are there any polls out at this point? just curious

I friends who know about the internal polling. I'll find out.

10 posted on 03/03/2010 7:48:14 AM PST by Paleo Conservative
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To: DM1

Debra Medina (RINO) has said she will not endorse Perry. She could still run third party or endorse another candidate.

If she runs, she could syphon off enough votes to make things go badly for Rick.


11 posted on 03/03/2010 7:48:56 AM PST by a fool in paradise
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To: a fool in paradise
Debra Medina (RINO) has said she will not endorse Perry. She could still run third party or endorse another candidate.

Gee, there's a shock.

12 posted on 03/03/2010 7:50:24 AM PST by AmishDude (It doesn't matter whom you vote for, it matters who takes office.)
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To: Paleo Conservative

Now that Kay has dropped out (and decided last night not to even consider a runoff if it went that close), the Republicans can finally take on Bill White, who ran against Rick Perry and not Farouk (D).

Bill White needs his negatives up. He’s trying for face recognition to become governor but ultimately he’s in the running for Kay’s Senate seat as well.

I hear John Sharp (D) is also a contender for that seat.


13 posted on 03/03/2010 7:51:30 AM PST by a fool in paradise
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To: AmishDude

She attacked Kay Bailey on abortion but was unwilling to support the sonogram provision being discussed.


14 posted on 03/03/2010 7:52:52 AM PST by a fool in paradise
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To: Paleo Conservative

thanks i would appreciate it


15 posted on 03/03/2010 7:53:14 AM PST by DM1
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To: a fool in paradise

oy more fun with third parties
isnt Medina that 911 truther type? wonderful
honestly 2010 is a redistricting year the more state Govs the GOP picks up or keeps the better. Texas is a big state if the dems get a hold of it they could gerrymander a few house seats out of it.


16 posted on 03/03/2010 7:55:09 AM PST by DM1
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To: DM1

Chris Bell threw a hissy fit when he lost his House seat to a black Democrat because of redistricting. He was the racist spoiled sport who launched the ethics probe of Tom DeLay as he was leaving Congress.


17 posted on 03/03/2010 7:59:12 AM PST by a fool in paradise
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To: a fool in paradise

I remember that
so we can thank Chris Bell for Delay showing up on Dancing with the stars
;)


18 posted on 03/03/2010 8:01:21 AM PST by DM1
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To: DM1

There’s nothing to suggest that DeLay wouldn’t have accepted the offer if he’d remained in office. It’s doubtful that the offer would have been ventured.


19 posted on 03/03/2010 8:04:01 AM PST by a fool in paradise
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To: a fool in paradise

Ronnie Earl, it took him numerous Grand Juries to obtain an indictment against Tom Delay.


20 posted on 03/03/2010 8:11:43 AM PST by CPT Clay (Pick up your weapon and follow me.)
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To: DM1

The GOP in Texas is going to win big in Nov.


21 posted on 03/03/2010 12:42:39 PM PST by fortheDeclaration ("Our constitution was made only for a moral and religious people".-John Adams)
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To: a fool in paradise
No, if she runs, she will only hurt her own future in the GOP Party, which could be quite bright with her strong showing.

GOP voters aren't going the third Party route.

22 posted on 03/03/2010 12:44:24 PM PST by fortheDeclaration ("Our constitution was made only for a moral and religious people".-John Adams)
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To: fortheDeclaration

i hope so
i read a poll in one article or other saying Perry was at the mid 40s and white and high 30s
too close for comfort for me
especially since Texas will add about 4 new congressional seats with redistricting


23 posted on 03/03/2010 12:49:16 PM PST by DM1
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To: DM1
2010 is going to be a very bad year for Democrats.

And everyone was expecting a runoff in the GOP, but Perry won with enough votes to avoid that.

Texas is doing very well, so I don't expect Perry to have any real problems.

We should have a clean sweep on Nov.

24 posted on 03/03/2010 12:52:10 PM PST by fortheDeclaration ("Our constitution was made only for a moral and religious people".-John Adams)
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To: fortheDeclaration

excellent
i hope your prediction comes true my friend


25 posted on 03/03/2010 1:14:27 PM PST by DM1
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To: a fool in paradise; DM1
Debra Medina (RINO) has said she will not endorse Perry. She could still run third party or endorse another candidate.

If she runs, she could syphon off enough votes to make things go badly for Rick.

No she can't! This isn't Connecticut. In Texas a candidate who loses a party's primary can't get a position as an independent candidate on the ballot for the general election. This is way Carol Keaton Rylander [Your Name Here] Strayhorn didn't run in the Republican primary in 2006. Not only that, but an independent candidate must come up with signatures of people who did not vote in any party's primary.

26 posted on 03/04/2010 3:45:57 PM PST by Paleo Conservative
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To: DM1

Rasmussen has it :

http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/elections2/election_2010/election_2010_governor_elections/texas/election_2010_texas_governor
Perry 49
WHite 43
O/Und 11

http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/news/politics/state/stories/021410dntexgovpollquestions.10f648836.html
Another mid Feb
Rick Perry: 43%
Bill White: 37%
Other: 1 %
Not sure/no answer/wouldn’t vote: 20 percent

The polls leading up to the Primary last Tuesday basically had Perry defeating White fairly easily. I think White was put further behind when Perry won the GOP primary outright last Tuesday. Had it gone to a runoff then White would have been free to raise money, tour the state and introduce himself, etc without having to begin a campaign immediately. White although Mayor of Houston for 6 years maybe well known in democratic circles but isn’t well know across Texas to the general populace so he has a lot of work to do, imo.


27 posted on 03/04/2010 4:05:49 PM PST by deport
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