Skip to comments.Tom Pauken — a Reagan Republican, not a Bush Republican — looks to replace Rick Perry
Posted on 07/08/2013 7:39:37 PM PDT by TexGrill
Now that Rick Perry has taken himself out of the 2014 gubernatorial race, Texas on the Potomac is looking at the two early contenders for the Republican nomination for governor, Attorney General Greg Abbott and former Texas GOP chairman Tom Pauken. This profile of Pauken was written by Ross Ramsey of the Texas Tribune
Tom Pauken has chosen a hard road.
Hes a Republican running for governor in a race that could feature either the longest-serving governor in state history, one of the best-financed potential replacements in history, or both.
He says that Gov. Rick Perry and Greg Abbott, the states attorney general, are exemplars of a leadership style thats more about the politicians than the policies, and he wants to change all of that.
First, he will have to get peoples attention.
Pauken, who got his political start in the Reagan administration, is a former Army intelligence officer and Vietnam veteran, and a former chairman of the Republican Party of Texas. He ran for Congress and lost twice to Jim Mattox. Years later, he ran for attorney general and finished third in a race eventually won by John Cornyn, now a U.S. senator.
Perry appointed him to a spot on the Texas Workforce Commission, and Pauken used that, in part, as a forum for his argument that the states public schools arent getting youths ready for careers.
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His resume looks good but I don’t trust the Texas Tribune.
That sentence makes absolutely no sense.
I didn’t write that sentence. Just copied-and-pasted it from the article.
Doesn’t mean you shouldn’t support him just because there’s an article in the Texas Tribune.
I will vote for Abbott..Gotta love the guy’s tweets:
Full booth at gun show joining my fight to protect #gun rights. #txgop #nra #tcot http://t.co/PBW8jrzphb
Why should Texans vote for a conspiracy theorist as governor?
I was initially skeptical about this statement:
as a forum for his argument that the states public schools arent getting youths ready for careers. (i don’t think public schools should be directing students. they should teach fundamentals RRR and these can be basically taught in several years.) Students should be allowed to exit the system(uugh) when they are prepared to divert their training to other areas. i hated school.
but after reading the article i was impressed by his policy on education. I.e.
He has been a loud critic of one-size-fits-all testing in public schools, arguing that the state shouldnt try to send every high scholer to college, but instead should give some of them the technical or vocational training they need to go to work after high school. wish i lived in texas we should have these type of discussion here in bankrupt philly
I’ll be voting for Abbott.
Actually that is a pretty good description of him. His record as state GOP chairman was stellar. I think of him as the anti-Rove.
Explain to us ignorants please.
What about conspiracy theorist and Abbott?
You could donate to his campaign. If he is elected governor and pushes his education reforms plan it could inspire other states to follow up on these measures.
A Major Watershed issue is the active deportation of the ‘Ted Kennedy Wetbacks,’ and other alien illegal invaders in TEXAS.
The Perry-Bush Amnesty Wing of the RINO Party had their chance, now let’s see what the new crop of politicians stand on punishment for illegal alien invaders.
BTW Tom Pauken, don’t fall for the sucker bait of illegal alien invaders will someday ever vote for you. They are from Socialist Countries, and will vote Socialist here.
I did a Google Search. Didn’t see any mention of him supporting the Rubio/Graham Amnesty Bill.
Thanks. We need to let the newbies know in TEXAS that the RINO Party is D-E-D: dead, everlastingly, dead.
No he isn't. In my opinion of knowing about him for many years, he is a disaster and a destroyer - that is my opinion. Couldn't believe he's running for governor. I'll take Attorney General Greg Abbott in a wheelchair any day. It's Abbott who had Cruz working with him in his Attorney General’s office.
“he is a disaster and a destroyer.”
Didn’t Karl Rove say the same thing about Tom Pauken? However, should we say the same about Karl Rove and his GOP sabotage schemes? Is Karl Rove endorsing Abbott?
He nearly killed the party. We fought to get him out.
Could you elaborate a bit on why you believe Pauken is a disaster ? Just curious about your take.
My post may not be clear. It is Pauken who is the disaster.
Abbott and Cruz are superior. Cruz worked for Abbott.
Check this link and you will see lovely photos of Karl Rove and Greg Abbott together in a political partnership: http://www.calactx.com/events/552
I don't know or care what Rove said or says. My husband was the Republican County Chair and I was the secretary plus election law instructor at the time Pauken was State Chair. The party was shrinking due to him and we got him out and started growing again. When he starts “campaigning” then I'll write what he is really saying. It will be like “hope and change” - you don't know what that change is unless you figure it out.
He is the one saying he is a Reagan Republican and that is bovine scat but might get him some votes - say anything to get the votes.
I see the Dem’s are already floating Annise Parker, Julian Castro, and Wendy Davis as possible Candidates against the Republicans.
Well if Rove is My. Saboteur of GOPers I would be very concerned about who he is endorsing. The Republican Party was shrinking when he was the state chairman. Can you post some figures on that one? If I’m not mistaken, you might be reading the Democrat Party numbers during his tenure.
You should represent that gathering truthfully. It was a fund raiser for "Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse of Central Texas". Naturally, Attorney General Abbott would be there and the group had Karl Rove for a speaker. They were at the same place but that doesn't mean they went home together. Your representation is wrong and misleading to the max.
You just said you don’t care what Karl Rove thinks. I wouldn’t call it misleading if I say they were lovely photos of Karl Rove and Greg Abbott together. When you think about it, they captured such wonderful smiles and they looked so friendly together. How can you not call them lovely?
Thank you for sharing your opinions/insights about Pauken.
You’ve been around FR about as long as me, and I value your knowledge on this.
No offense to Mr Pauken, but I think he's kind of old to be Governor. So why should I vote for an old man as Governor? ?
With age comes wisdom
Pauken is a movement conservative. It is the reason he has not won high office, because in Texas those generally are given to men who are basically Tory Democrats. Cruz is the exception that proves the rule.
As a voting, conservative Texan, illegal immigration is perhaps the single most important state issue to me. My choice for Governor will be determined by the candidates' records and current stances on that subject.
Thanks for that intel, Marcella. I don't know this guy, and will need to study up on who he really is.
Perhaps it’s time for Texans to make another exception to that rule.
I just noticed TexGrill, who posted this thread, just joined in May, 2013, and he had the pictures of Abbott and Rove at the same meeting right at his fingertips to post. That says to me he is likely a Pauken plant.
His gig seems to be to bring up the name of Rove and try to attach Rove to Abbott to hurt Abbott. Abbott is a bull dog for Texas and I don't care if Rove is for him or not. Abbott is his own man and has taken on AG Eric Holder every time he has tried to hurt Texas. If you remember, Abbott told Holder he would arrest any federal officer who crossed the Texas border to take guns from Texans.
Abbott is a giant in a wheelchair. In my opinion, Pauken is not worthy to push that wheelchair.
Marcella, That's why I said to you, "you've been around about as long as me." I didn't want to say "noob".
That says to me he is likely a Pauken plant.
Lol, Oh, now, you're a conspiracy theorist just like that Gregg Abbott.
No, I think the fact he had that link to those pictures at his fingertips, is evidence of his reason for being here to promote Pauken and evidence he will try to bomb Abbott by using super glue to stick Rove to him.
If I'm wrong, we'll know it (but I am seldom wrong about politics, especially Texas politics). :o)
Well, like you, I could care less about what Karl Rove thinks about a particular candidate. In fact, I value your opinion more than Karl's..
Actually, it was a simple Google search to find the Rove and Abbott photo. I found the picture 3 minutes before posting a comment. In regards to registering in May 2013, I was just plain stupid. I had been reading Free Republic for over 3 years every day. It didn’t even dawn on me until May that I could register and make comments too. I found the site when a person in China wanted to know what’s the best conservative Website? I didn’t care much for the Alex Jones Website so we spent the entire day looking for a website that seemed to capture the conservative spirit.
It was a funny story how I discovered Free Republic 3 years ago. I recently moved to Beijing and at the time working as a copy editor for China Radio International. A Chinese colleague would come up to me every day and ask me silly questions such as, “Does Obama really eat golden aborted fetuses every morning? Do all Americans store their food in nuke shelters? After a few weeks, I got fed up with him asking me these questions that are easy to debunk. He said he was assigned to read conservative Websites to know what Obama’s foes are thinking. He said he was reading Alex Jones as his source. I suggested we Google Search and find a better and more reliable conservative Website. We kept searching and searching until bam we found Free Republic. The Chinese official loved it so much a few weeks later he said that Free Republic converted him from a Leftist ideologue to wish he could move to America so he could vote against the Democrats.
I didn't follow Pauken after he was not Chairman. He has been the Chairman of the Texas Workforce Commission. I've just finished reading more about his candidacy for governor and we will see how the voters respond to his agenda.
There will be debates but those are usually on PBS and they go by with very few seeing them. Maybe it will be different this time. I'll stay on top of that and will know when these happen and will post the dates/times.
Yehuda, I don't have a formal list but I'll make sure I ping you if I post something political - or do you want notice of my prepper posts and/or gardening posts? Or do you want pinging to everything I write? There are a few I ping to most everything because they put up with me. Sockmonkey, do you want pinging and if so, to what? I should make a list or I'll forget someone.
That statement does not sound true. If you have the smarts to post a thread and post pictures on that thread, it wouldn't take over 3 years for you to find out you could register and make comments.
It doesn’t sound believable, and I was the one to post comments about Barry asking, “would I lie to you?” Nonetheless, I have to say that’s what happened. I also posted a comment earlier about how I discovered Free Republic 3 years ago. But thanks for saying I’m “smart.” It’s nice to receive a compliment every once in a while. But something for you to consider, I lived in China for 3 years, and the Chinese are some of the most clever people you will ever meet. If you want to succeed in China you have to be clever too. My mind also works like a jigsaw puzzle. When I saw your post Mr. Pauken is a “disaster,” since I already took my stand on him, as a native Texan, I felt obligated to defend him. My initial rebuttal was to say this sounds like a Rove attack, but then I decided to do a Google Search just to verify before posting the Freeper “post” button. I apologize if you misunderstood my rebuttal and assumed I was calling you a Rove operative. However, I still stand behind my posting the photo of Abbot and Rove.
Abbott is a giant in a wheelchair. In my opinion, Pauken is not worthy to push that wheelchair.
Thanks for all of your postings on this thread, Marcella!
You have provided info on Pauken that I was not aware of previously. ....Abbott should easily win the Gov. slot.
The Castro twins from San Antonio should be run out of that town on a rail. Very far left liberal and La Raza types, based on what I’ve read and seen (the Dem convention comes to mind).
ps... I think TexGrill doesn’t even live here in Texas, since most of the original posts of his involve foreign items in Asia or the Pacific.
It was a funny story how I discovered Free Republic 3 years ago. ...
Thanks for that explanation. I’ll try to refrain from judging your comments on Texas politics until I read more.
I’m a native Texan but live in Beijing. I’ve mentioned it on numerous occassions as a Freeper. Never claimed, “I’m always right about Texas politics,” since I consider humility a virtue. I did meet Abbott once in Dallas and didn’t get good vibes from him. Perhaps, one should not act on one’s intuition but he appeared to be brilliant, but I kept feeling that he doesn’t trust anybody. Perhaps, he’s very emotional and at times he struggles to control it. Maybe I’m wrong, but remember he’s never faced a difficult election before, and we should see how he reacts when some negative attacks fly from the Republican side. I’m suspicious he might be overly sensitive. Mr. Pauken doesn’t have Abbott’s fundraising figures, name recognition and probably struggling with low popularity ratings. In politics, you don’t attack what you don’t fear, so when the Abbott attack machine call Pauken a “disaster” that means Abbott fears Pauken, not because he’s a real threat, but because he’s overly sensitive. That’s not a good trait to have when you’re in politics, especially in Texas.
Paulkin ran for Congress and was wimpy. He worked for No Child Left Behind and we see how that worked out. More of a Bushite than a Reagan Republican. Far too “finger in the air” politician.
I said I was “seldom wrong” about politics. That is the truth, has nothing to do with humility. You do not represent the truth.
You say Abbott may be emotional and you are suspicious he might be over sensitive. I think you should quit describing him since you are totally wrong and uninformed.
You are redundant. I see no reason to converse with you further.
I know you won’t respond, but I’m still curious why Abbott’s attack machine would describe Pauken as a “disaster and destroyer” if supposedly he’s not overly-sensitive about being criticized from Pauken supporters? Don’t you think he’s over-reacting, considering the wealthy donors that support Abbot but not Pauken? Perhaps Pauken really is a threat, who might expose the hypocrisy of Abbott?