Skip to comments.Kay Bailey Hutchison is not seeking re-election in 2012. Who should replace her?
Posted on 01/15/2011 1:08:17 AM PST by Iam1ru1-2
Senate Conservatives Fund
Dear Fellow Conservative:
I have some very important news to share. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas) announced yesterday that she will not seek a fourth term in 2012.
This is a major development because it opens up a Senate seat in a strong Republican state, giving us another opportunity to elect a principled conservative.
The Republican primary election for this seat won't take place until March 6, 2012 but I expect several candidates to enter the race very soon.
The Senate Conservatives Fund will thoroughly evaluate each of these candidates to see if a clear standout emerges.
As you know, we don't endorse liberal or wishy-washy Republicans. Our mission is to elect strong conservative leaders who have the courage to stand up and defend the principles of freedom that make America great.
In order to win the SCF endorsement, candidates have to demonstrate a deep commitment to conservative principles as well as a willingness to stand up to their own party when it's wrong.
They also have to show they can build and run an effective campaign. Texas is a very large state and a winning candidate will need a strong statewide grassroots organization and the ability to raise money to get their message out.
Based on media reports following Senator Hutchison's announcement, the Washington establishment appears to be lining up behind Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst (R). However, the two candidates we hear about most from conservatives are Texas Railroad Commissioner Michael Williams (R) and former Solicitor General Ted Cruz (R).
As you may remember, SCF encouraged Texas Governor Rick Perry to appoint Michael Williams to Senator Hutchison's seat when she was expected to resign in the middle of her term. Michael is an outstanding conservative leader and he will be at the very top of our list as we consider candidates for an endorsement in the 2012 election.
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I’d vote for Tom Delay.
“Texans For Safe Reliable Transportation (TSRT) was created by Joe Krier of San Antonio in late 2005. TSRT calls itself a coalition of individuals, employers, associations, and public safety organizations dedicated to improving transportation in Texas. At the time of its creation TSRT had three board members. In addition to Krier the other two board members were Lawrence Olsen the executive vice president of the Texas Good Roads/Transportation Association in Austin, and Donna N. Williams a vice president of Parsons Infrastructure & Technology in Dallas.
Donna Williams is the wife of Texas Railroad Commission member Michael Williams.
Press Releases were regularly issued by TSRT from July 2006 through September 2006. Guest editorials were also submitted to various Texas newspapers with a by line of Donna Williams, TSRT.
TSRT has placed numerous billboards throughout Texas promoting the Trans Texas Corridor in 2006 and 2007.”
“Kay Bailey Hutchison is not seeking re-election in 2012. Who should replace her?”
I dunno...how about a NON-AMNESTY loving conservative?
I volunteered for Kay
and George Bush in 1994.
I wish I had that vote back
A real conservative??? KBH has been a real disappointment.
Probably another Texas RINO.
Dewhurst to the U.S.Senate and Michael Williams to Lt. Governor, then Williams on to be Perry’s replacement in the next term.
I would run except it seems that Senators from Texas have some sort of mind altering experience when they get to Washington.
Is there an inoculation against stupidity available?
As long as it is not a Pro-Illegal/Anti-American Open Borders type. A strong National Security/Secure Borders candidate would be needed in a state like Texas....someone to stand up to the Illegal Alien Lobby, North American Union anti-Americans, and the La Raza/MEChA/MALDEF crowd
Thank goodness and good riddance.
Who should replace her?
Michael Williams or John Culberson. Maybe Ted Poe.
I’m sure my recommendation means little. But....I’ve met David Dewhurst and heard him speak to a small group. I believe him to be a principled conservative. You never know when they get to Washington but I think he would leave here a conservative!
Unlike Rangel. he be gonna be in tthe Pokey.
I hear the Lt. Gov. has mega bucks and can self finance his campaign if he decides to run.
Check out Elizabeth Ames Jones. She would be a great candidate.
I wish Dr. Suzanna Hupp would run to replace KBH, but I think she has a couple of young kids.
Dan Patrick . . . or anyone who can slap John Cornyn when he gets stupid (which is all the time).
There will be a plenty lined up I expect. It remains to see who will be viable in the presidential year........
From the DMN is a note of some potential candidates on both sides of the aisle.
Likely Republican contenders to succeed her include Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, Dallas Mayor Tom Leppert , state Sen. Florence Shapiro of Plano , Railroad Commissioners Elizabeth Ames Jones and Michael Williams, Weatherford car dealer Roger Williams, and Ted Cruz, a former Texas solicitor general and candidate for state attorney general.
Possible Democratic contenders include former Texas Comptroller John Sharp and former Houston mayor Bill White.
“TSRT has placed numerous billboards throughout Texas promoting the Trans Texas Corridor in 2006 and 2007.”
Thanks for that info - there is no way in hell I’ll vote for ANYONE tied up in that fiasco - even if he is black. Just no way. I had to vote against Perry twice - the last thing this country needs is someone pushing this type of scheme at the federal level.
I suggest Jerry Patterson for senator.
Greg Abbott or Ted Poe
Who should replace her?
Who should believe her!
But to answer you question: Michael WIlliams
As a rule I do not contribute to PACs. But I might to DeMint’s PAC. At least I know none of my money will be spent promoting RINOs.
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There is a long list of highly qualified candidates vying for this seat, because they had originally been lead to believe the seat would be vacated by Senator Hutchison in 2010. There are 3 on my Facebook friend list: Michael Williams, Elizabeth Ames Jones, and Ted Cruz.
Hasn’t Leppert already been chosen by the country club crowd? If so, the rest of the process is just for show.
Agree.....I like the guy as well but need to do more research before I promise my vote. All I know about him are his efforts on concealed carry etc ...
Whats his stand on border and illegals etc ??
Texas has a lot of good Republican contenders like these two for the Senate spot.
Our bench strength is strong. Probably stronger than the current starters. ;)
In before the Paulbots suggest Ron Paul for U.S. Senate. ;)
Not possible, as Dewhurst’s 2013 successor as lt. gov. must be a sitting state senator.
Well, upchuck, in 2008 DeMint support the RINO-in-chief, Myth Romney.
Another vote for amnesty—as long as illegal aliens make a trip home to visit their family, etc., etc.. No wonder he’s already got a Bush endorsement.
Bush is endorsing ROGER Williams...not MICHAEL Williams.
Michael Williams is the clear choice, with Greg Abbott or Ted Cruz a close second.
My choice would be Michael Williams.
If Dewhurst wants out of lite gov, he'll be hard to stop with all that $$$ behind him.
If Williams moved to lite gov, he would/should stay there and do RiNO/spendthrift abatement in the Texas senate. He'd have a lot more practical impact as lite gov than as governor.
I still like Ted Poe for the U.S. Senate. Ted Cruz or John Culberson would also be acceptable.
John Sharp would probably be the strongest Democratic contender, Bill White having just been beaten pretty badly for governor by a weak incumbent.