Skip to comments.Glass messing with Texas race
Posted on 10/01/2010 7:48:42 AM PDT by laotzu
If former Houston Mayor Bill White is able to prevent Gov. Rick Perry from an unprecedented third term in November, hell most likely have received an assist from Libertarian Kathie Glass.
Glass, a Houston lawyer who has been keeping a rigorous traveling schedule of tea party events, American Legion venues and radio talk show appearances, is campaigning on a platform of limited government and secure borders. On the stump, her blunt talk, accusing Perry of giving a wink and a nod to President Barack Obama, makes her an immediate presence. And a poll taken earlier this month showed her registering 5 percent of the vote.
While thats not an eye-popping number in a state that has a history of third-party candidates leaving a significant mark, the rise of Glass could pose problems for Perry in a single-digit race.
Thats the first poll thats ever even mentioned my name, Glass told POLITICO, referring to the University of Texas poll taken between Sept. 3-8. Hardly anybody knows my name when I walk into places. But when they leave, they walk out with my yard sign. My challenge is to get before as many people in a short amount of time.
Glass, of course, says her goal is to win. But as the UT poll demonstrates, the more realistic impact of her candidacy appears to be holding Perry under 40 percent, handing White a narrow opening on which to seize. A Rasmussen Reports survey released Friday provided more evidence of a close contest, with Perry leading White, 48 percent to 42 percent. That poll did not include Glass.
Glasss strict-constitutional message, coupled with her ability to deliver biting one-liners, has many observers comparing her to Debra Medina, an early tea party-fueled candidate who captured 18 percent in the March GOP gubernatorial primary against Perry and Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison. Most recently, Glass sent a message to supporters praising the candidacy of Delaware GOP Senate nominee Christine ODonnell. Another gutsy woman has stepped up to lead this country back to freedom. Go Christine! she wrote.
Shes talking to the same voters Rick Perry is trying to. If the polls show her at 5 percent already, you get disaffected Republicans, theyre going to end up voting for Glass, said Phil Martin, who works for the Texas Democratic Trust, a group that provides strategy and fundraising to Lone Star State Democrats.
Perry received only 39 percent of the vote in his reelection in 2006, and Libertarians consistently draw between 3 and 5 percent of the vote. In an anti-establishment year, a compelling candidate like Glass could easily get up to 7 [percent], Martin said.
While Glass offers sharp critiques of both White and Perry, her comments about the governor are more passionate and pointed. She accuses Perry of talking tough on border security but using Washington as a cop-out, neglecting to use the means readily at his disposal.
The state Guard is under his control. Hes had 10 years to send them to the border. Hes part of this elitist crowd. He does not want a secure border, she said. Texans need to stop accepting Rick Perrys word and go with action.
Glass said she considered the possibility of damaging Perrys chances and thereby providing an opening for White is of no concern whatsoever. Whether we have Rick Perry or Bill White does not matter a hill of beans. Were still going to hell in a hand-basket.
Rick Perry does not own anybodys votes and if I get them I earned them. I work far harder for my votes than any votes Rick Perry has gotten, she continued.
On Saturday, both White and Glass are scheduled to attend a tea party forum in Rowlett, just northeast of Dallas. Perrys decision not to attend has caused a stir in tea party circles, with one widely read conservative blogger calling the governor an ass. The governor has also taken flak for shunning the states editorial boards and ducking debates with White.
Perry consultant David Carney said that despite the hysteria, the basic contours of the race have remained the same for most of the year. He pointed out that Libertarians have long had a presence on the Texas ballot and said the campaign has not discussed the impact of Glass even once over the past year.
It isnt anything unusual. Its not anything were worried about. Its just a fact of life. Its not a worry to us, he said.
Carney dismissed any Glass-Medina comparisons: We are in good shape with people who believe in the tea party.
Nonetheless, Democrats have been happily surprised by Whites ability to keep pace with Perry. Democratic Governors Association Executive Director Nathan Daschle said this week that he felt better about this race every single day, and thats sort of a surprise to me.
With Perrys polling percentage being held consistently under 50 percent, national Democrats insist Texas remains a top priority, framing the incumbent as a part-time governor in a midterm being rattled by another change narrative.
Glasss challenge remains raising her profile in the five weeks left, with little cash and resources. But if she creeps up in the polling, Perrys team will be confronted with the dicey decision it also faced against Medina: whether to engage her.
Their challenge is they cant discredit her without making her name more public. If it stays close, she really could have an impact on this race, Martin said.
- fiscal responsibility
- National soverignty
- fair tax laws
- border control
- individual freedom
- earn the respect & vote of constituents
- conservative ideals of any kind
NO.....it's blame those mean ole third parties.
('you won't get any votes, and you'll cost us the race' Which is it?)
Republicans rage they are too big to fail, and demand to be bailed out by tea-partiers & libertarians.
They are no longer the home of conservatives, but pragmatitists.
Repubs say we need to vote for them to stop the dems, and then they get elected and act like dems.
I’m probably going to vote for her. In Texas, the Governor really doesn’t have much power. The lt gov does. So, we really wouldn’t miss much if White wins. She represents what I believe in. Perry, for some reason, doesn’t mind letting illegals in (probably because of his relationships in Mexico), in spite of his request for more support on the border. He doesn’t support the Arizona law and doesn’t want a similar one in Texas.
Hmmmm, Politico trying to help Repulsicans?
I’ll take my tea party candidate, thank you very much.
Not going to happen. Rick has his worts, but his statement at the San Antonio TEA Party cemented his re-election. And he is NOT a Leftie, White is.
You’re correct on all those accounts, but it still turns my stomach to think about the possibility of having a DIM governor ‘representing’ conservative Texas.
3ed party people almost alway hurt Republicans.
The last thing we need is a big city Liberal Democrat in power in Texas. Every Democrat Governor has swelled the rolls of government employees in Austin.
The Bull Moose party got us Woodrow Wilson the progressive.
John Anderson got us Carter
Ross Perot got us Clinton. How did that work for you.
Tx gov election news.
Republicans hurt Republicans.
I never voted Bull Moose, or for Anderson, or for Perot.
Although Teddy Roosevelt(R) was a progressive, I doubt you are.
“John Anderson got us Carter”
Umm . . . I was there when John Anderson ran. That was 1980.
Remind me again who won that race. I’ll give you a clue. It wasn’t Carter.
Here is a second clue. It wasn’t Anderson, either.
A third clue. It wasn’t Jerry Ford, too. That’s the guy Carter beat in 1976.
“but it still turns my stomach to think about the possibility of having a DIM governor representing conservative Texas.”
Turns my stomach to vote for Perry, turns my stomach even more to think we might have White as gov.
I’m inclined to vote for Glass and would in a New York minute if this race wasn’t so close. I swore I’d never again vote for the lesser of two evils, but I might have to hold my nose and vote for Perry. He’s a jerk, to put it mildly, but White is a bigger jerk.
Then again, I might go into that voting booth and find my hand just cannot push the button for Perry.
Exactly, I’m inclined to hold my nose and vote Perry, even though I can’t stand the guy, because the race is so close. Considering that the TX Governor doesn’t have any real power in the state, but they are considered the ‘face’ of the state, and I can’t stand the idea of White being that ‘face’.
Texas will be doing their redistricting during the term of the upcoming Governor so if White wins it will affect our State for the next ten years at least.
On Falcon Lake in Zapata County, TX two boatloads of Mexican drug cartel gunmen shot at an American wife and killed her husband as they were riding jet skis. We can't go to Mexico, we can't recover the body, we can't investigate.
Fortunately, Perry has aquired drones so that we may get to watch similar future incidents.
Sort of makes you proud, doesn't it?
And, let us not forget ACORN is pumping boatloads of money into White’s campaign. It would be considered quite a win for them to seat a Rat in the Tx Gov chair. As much as I have grievances with Perry, I can’t understand the logic of folks throwing their votes to the democrats by voting third party. We need to vote with strategy in mind, not emotion. Those who vote third party “to send a message” only serves an advantage to the dims, not to mention a complete waste of their time.
That’s an idea, but I’m not going that way.
She’s had almost no presence in Texas race. In fact, I didn’t know about her at all until a couple of days ago and I live in Texas.
She will just take votes from Perry. I don’t want Texas to have a democrat Governor. White hasn’t done much for Houston and, well, he’s a dem.
Glass should continue to make her presence and name known.
Maybe she can oppose Cornyn in the Republican primary next time. He’s on my S list right now.
Oh yeah, if you think Perry is squishy on the border, just look what Bill Sanctuary City White has done for Houston. The thought of a democrat as Governor of Texas is just sacrilege. On that same note, remember Ann Richards much?
I have no intention whatsoever voting for Perry. Screw him and his crony-capitalist friends. Can’t wait to see him retire and take up lobbying for Centras
I never heard of Glass until her radio ads were broadcast. Her voice inflections are strange; she sounds kind of weird.
“The Bull Moose party got us Woodrow Wilson the progressive.”
A very good history lesson for GOPers and Tea Party members to remember.
Did you hear about Houston Votes registering 25,000 people and only 1793 of them being legit? It was turned over to the district attorney and the very next day the warehouse with all of the voting machines for Harris County burned to the ground..... such a coincidence, huh?
I remember..I’m voting for Perry ...warts and all.
The libertarians gave Texas Ann Richards, Glass is trying to give Texas Bill White, losing our largest red state, just in time for redistricting and the 2012 election, what a strategy....
That’s probably a better idea (Glass in place of Cornyn).
“I cant stand the idea of White being that face.’
I heard that! I can’t stand the idea of ANY demorat being that face!
“Thats probably a better idea (Glass in place of Cornyn).”
If I was Glass, that’s what I would do. Right now, nobody knows her from Adam, but in a couple years time, she could get out there, let the people know who she is and what her views are, collect some cash and then slam Cornyn when he’s up for re-election. He needs to GO!
BTW, a bit off topic, but where the heck is Kay Bailey? I haven’t heard/seen a thing about her since she lost the primary.
Did you hear me use your "too big to fail" biting one liner on Trey Ware's show on KTSA this morning? Keep that great material coming and I'll make sure it gets an airing.
I will be in a statewide televised debate with Bill White on October 19th in Austin. It will be broadcast by KLRU. It would be great if you could tune in and get your friends to, also.
I know that you cannot know what I know or what is in my heart, but I know that I am doing what I am supposed to be doing and that the results lay in other hands.
Thank you for your interesting comments.
We need a senator who will never leave Texas.
One who will keep Texas in her heart and mind and not become one of the Washington establishment.
It’s hard to do that. Please at least think about it because of Cornyn doesn’t show more guts and conservatism, someone needs to run against him.
Thank you for the information. I appreciate your stance but can’t split my vote again. I am not willing to take any chance to allow Bill White to be governor and the votes you get will be taken away from the Republican running, therefore giving White a chance to be in charge.
Agreed - selfish move on her part. Why not run for something small to start with instead of peeling off votes from a very important election year with no chance of winning? And don’t Libertarians believe in open migration and pro-choice? Suddenly they are for closed borders?
It's good to hear from you.
Immediately going for the conspiracy theory, eh?
Let me get out of your way. Please, tell me more.
Without question it is, the libertarians gave Texas Ann Richards, just as they gave America Patty Murray, they even ran against Reagan (Glass was part of that anti-Reagan effort) it is part of what they do.
Oh, aye. I did. They used again as a bumper going into your second segment.
Thanks for the invite. Please stay tuned. For the most part, FreeRepublic is a great place.
You should look into him before you go to the polls. He's Obama lite.
The Legislative Redistricting Board deals with state redistricting of the State House and Senate and has nothing to do with the Congressional redistricting, correct?
And don't forget "Sanctuary City Bill" and what he would do to our borders - despite what his ads say about border security.
To be sure, the pragmatic vote would have to go to Perry.
If all the pragmatists would instead vote their conscience, would vote conservative, the landscape would change.
True, but it isn’t going to happen. She isn’t well known so her votes are throw aways this year.
Those votes for Perry weren't big scores last time around.
Texas still misses you PA girl.
We’re back in Texas - four of us, all conservative voters!
Predictably, this great nation has made mistakes & committed sins, as it is populated by humans. The more agregious are:
- betraying the indians, and herding them onto reservations
- Jim Crow laws
- incarcerating American Japanese, Italians, etc, populations during war time
- the 'Civil War'
- fighting against civil rights
History documents that all of these....every single last one, was perpetrated by the left.
The majority of our bitch-slapping should be directed at them.
Outstanding!!! Welcome home.
A compilation of compassion from the left:
“I think one man is just as good as another so long as he’s not a n*gger or a Chinaman. Uncle Will says that the Lord made a White man from dust, a n*gger from mud, then He threw up what was left and it came down a Chinaman. He does hate Chinese and Japs. So do I. It is race prejudice, I guess. But I am strongly of the opinion Negroes ought to be in Africa, Yellow men in Asia and White men in Europe and America.” Democrat President Harry Truman
“Rather I should die a thousand times, and see Old Glory trampled in the dirt never to rise again, than to see this beloved land of ours become degraded by race mongrels, a throwback to the blackest specimen from the wilds.” Democrat Senator Robert Byrd
“You cannot go to a 7-11 or Dunkin Donuts unless you have a slight Indian Accent.” Democrat Senator Joe Biden
“I’ll have those n*ggers voting Democratic for the next 200 years.” Democrat President Lyndon B. Johnson
Mahatma Gandhi “ran a gas station down in Saint Louis.” Democrat Senator Hillary Clinton
“I did not lie awake at night worrying about the problems of Negroes.” Democrat Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy
“I mean, you got the first mainstream African American [Barack Obama] who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice looking guy.” Democrat Sen. Joseph Biden Jr.
“You’d find these potentates from down in Africa, you know, rather than eating each other, they’d just come up and get a good square meal in Geneva.” Democrat Senator Fritz Hollings
“Republicans bring out Colin Powell and J.C. Watts because they have no program, no policy. They have no love and no joy. They’d rather take pictures with black children than feed them.” Democrat Donna Brazile, Al Gore’s Campaign Manager for the 2000 election
“He’s married to a white woman. He wants to be white. He wants a colorless society. He has no ethnic pride. He doesn’t want to be black.” Democrat California State Senator Diane Watson’s on Ward Connerly’s interracial marriage
“I am a former kleagle of the Ku Klux Klan in Raleigh County and the adjoining counties of the state .... The Klan is needed today as never before and I am anxious to see its rebirth here in West Virginia .... It is necessary that the order be promoted immediately and in every state of the Union. Will you please inform me as to the possibilities of rebuilding the Klan in the Realm of W. Va .... I hope that you will find it convenient to answer my letter in regards to future possibilities.” Democrat Senator Robert Byrd
“These laws [segregation] are still constitutional and I promise you that until they are removed from the ordinance books of Birmingham and the statute books of Alabama, they will be enforced in Birmingham to the utmost of my ability and by all lawful means.” — Democrat Bull Connor (1957), Commissioner of Public Safety for Birmingham, Alabama
(On New York) “Kiketown.” Democrat President Harry Truman
“Theres some people whove gone over the state and said, Well, George Wallace has talked too strong about segregation. Now let me ask you this: how in the name of common sense can you be too strong about it? Youre either for it or youre against it. Theres not any middle ground as I know of.” — Democratic Alabama Governor George Wallace
“You f*cking Jew bastard!!” Democrat Senator Hillary Clinton
‘Hymies.’ ‘Hymietown.’ Democrat Jesse Jackson’s description of New York City while on the 1984 presidential campaign trail.
“Jews that’s J-E-W-S.” — Democratic State Representative Bill McKinney on why his daughter Cynthia lost in 2002
“I want to go up to the closest white person and say: ‘You can’t understand this, it’s a black thing’ and then slap him, just for my mental health.” Democrat Charles Barron, New York city councilman
“Civil rights laws were not passed to protect the rights of white men and do not apply to them.” Democrat Mary Frances Berry, Chairwoman, US Commission on Civil Rights
(I) “will not let the white boys win in this election.” Democrat Donna Brazile, Al Gore’s Campaign Manager on the 2000 election
“The old white boys got taken fair and square.” Democrat San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown after winning an election
“The Medicaid system must have been developed by a white male slave owner. It pays for you to be pregnant and have a baby, but it won’t pay for much family planning.” Democrat Jocelyn Elders
The white man is our mortal enemy, and we cannot accept him. I will fight to see that vicious beast go down into the lake of fire prepared for him from the beginning, that he never rise again to give any innocent black man, woman or child the hell that he has delighted in pouring on us for 400 years.” Democrat Louis Farrakhan who campaigned for Democrat congresswoman Cynthia McKinney in 2002
“We have lost to the white racist press and to the racist reactionary Jewish misleaders.” — Democrat Rep. Gus Savage after his defeat 1992
“White folks was in caves while we was building empires... We taught philosophy and astrology and mathematics before Socrates and them Greek homos ever got around to it.” Democrat the Rev Al Sharpton
Frankly I had thought that at the time Roe was decided, there was concern about population growth and particularly growth in populations that we dont want to have too many of. So that Roe was going to be then set up for Medicaid funding for abortion. Democrat appointee to Supreme Court Ruth Bader Ginsburg
“These Negroes, they’re getting pretty uppity these days and that’s a problem for us since they’ve got something now they never had before, the political pull to back up their uppityness. Now we’ve got to do something about this, we’ve got to give them a little something, just enough to quiet them down, not enough to make a difference. For if we don’t move at all, then their allies will line up against us and there’ll be no way of stopping them, we’ll lose the filibuster and there’ll be no way of putting a brake on all sorts of wild legislation. It’ll be Reconstruction all over again.” Democrat President Lyndon B. Johnson
“I do not think it is an exaggeration at all to say to my friend from West Virginia [Sen. Robert C. Byrd, a former Ku Klux Klan recruiter] that he would have been a great senator at any moment. . . . He would have been right during the great conflict of civil war in this nation.” Democrat Senator Christopher Dodd (D., Conn.), 2004
“I am a former Kleagle [recruiter] of the Ku Klux Klan in Raleigh County. The Klan is needed today as never before and I am anxious to see its rebirth here in West Virginia. It is necessary that the order be promoted immediately and in every state in the union.” — Democrat Senator Robert Byrd
“I don’t care what people are saying Uptown or wherever they are. This city will be chocolate at the end of the day. This city will be a majority African-American city. It’s the way God wants it to be.” — Democrat Mayor of New Orleans Ray Nagin
Segregation Forever!! campaign slogan for Democrat Governor George Wallace
“.....African-Americans watch the same news at night that ordinary Americans do. “ Democrat President Bill Clinton on Black Entertainment Television, November 2, 1994
“I don’t talk to you white motherf*ckers! You bitch motherf*ckers in the white press! F*ck you, you motherf*cking a$$hole white devils!!” Democrat Congressman Gus Savage
[Spitting into the food of white customers at a hotel in Greenville, South Carolina] gave me psychological gratification. Democrat Jesse Jackson
“Barack...he’s talking down to black people...telling n*ggers how to behave...I’d like to cuts his nuts out.” Democrat Jesse Jackson
If you feel that you just got to mug somebody because of your hurt and your pain, go to River Oaks and mug you some good white folks. If youre angry that our brother is put to death, dont burn down your own community, give these white folks hell from the womb to the tomb. Democrat Quanell X
“A few years age he (Obama) would be getting coffee for us” — Democrat President Bill Clinton
“The only concession I might make to him(King Saud) is to give him the 60 million jews we have in the United States” — Democrat President Franklin Roosevelt
We(african-americans) are sort of a mongrel people. I mean were all kinds of mixed up Democrat President Barak Obama
The country is ready to embrace a black presidential candidate, especially one such as Obama..a light-skinned African American with no Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one Democrat Senator Harry Reid (he later apologized)
I dont know how anyone of Hispanic heritage could be a Republican, okay. Do I need to say more? Democrat Senator Harry Reid
“If you take out the killings, Washington actually has a very very low crime rate.” — Democrat Marion Barry, Mayor of Washington, DC
Add spitting on returning soldiers to the list.