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With Perry’s exit, a mad scramble of righter-than-thou Republicans
Dallas Morning News ^ | 07/08/2013 | Todd Robberson

Posted on 07/09/2013 3:16:20 AM PDT by TexGrill

If there remains a centrist Republican anywhere in Texas who has gubernatorial aspirations, I regret to inform him or her: You don’t stand a chance.

With Rick Perry announcing that he won’t seek another term, the mad scramble is on among Attorney General Greg Abbott, former GOP chairman Tom Pauken and Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst to see who can win the hearts and minds of Texas Republicans. When each of these gentlemen is away from the TV cameras, I suspect he is a very reasonable, common-sense individual. I know from personal experience that David Dewhurst is. In their own hearts, all are probably centrists who want nothing to do with the extremist bent of their party.

But this being Texas, these otherwise likable men will draw lessons from the spanking Dewhurst received at the hands of Ted Cruz in last year’s senatorial race, and will now engage in the most shameful effort imaginable to claim the Tea Party mantle — a mantle, by the way, that doesn’t come close to representing the sentiments of most Texans.

They will beg and plead for the far right’s support, as if nothing else matters. They will hear themselves say things they absolutely do not believe. But that’s because they will gladly relinquish what’s left of their souls for the chance to sit in the governor’s mansion.

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


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Sounds like David Dewhurst is going to run for governor too. He's a load-your-ammo mudslinger. His only chance of winning is to attack Abbott the leading challenger for the race. It will be curious to see how he unloads on Abbott.
1 posted on 07/09/2013 3:16:20 AM PDT by TexGrill
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To: TexGrill
But this being Texas, ... doesn’t come close to representing the sentiments of most Texans.

... a contradiction in terms. "But this being" the Dallas Morning News, it is to be expected.

2 posted on 07/09/2013 3:23:02 AM PDT by Kennard
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To: TexGrill
Sadly, this is modern Texas politics at its worst.

Really?

I suppose the author would prefer the candidates to move to the left to ape the simian politicians who are bankrupting California.

The reality is that Texas is one of the best managed states in the country, perhaps in the world, and leftist politicians would do well to emulate the Texas model.


3 posted on 07/09/2013 3:30:29 AM PDT by nathanbedford ("Attack, repeat, attack!" Bull Halsey)
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To: TexGrill

The time may be coming, and coming soon, when every conservative in America will move to Texas, one of the last bastions on Planet Earth of true conservatism.

Is there any room for all of us?


4 posted on 07/09/2013 3:38:15 AM PDT by Jack Hammer (American)
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To: TexGrill

If Greg Abbott runs, he will definitely get my vote. But I sure hope someone will come forth who can fill his shoes as AG.


5 posted on 07/09/2013 3:39:36 AM PDT by TurkeyLurkey
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To: nathanbedford

The author should move to Detroit. Everyone is “sensible” there.


6 posted on 07/09/2013 3:42:07 AM PDT by SC_Pete
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To: TurkeyLurkey

Looks like there’s a rush to support Abbott. But does anyone think about some of his negative traits? Shouldn’t we get suspicious when a political candidate has such a large campaign war chest? Those fat checks don’t come without promises of future sweetheart deals when the candidate gets elected. You can’t say Abbott is Mr. Clean and not beholden to his big money donors. Didn’t Obama say the same thing in 2008? Greg “Hope and Change” Abbott for Governor of Texas.


7 posted on 07/09/2013 3:46:09 AM PDT by TexGrill (Don't mess with Texas)
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To: TexGrill

Dewhurst is scum.


8 posted on 07/09/2013 3:52:23 AM PDT by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: TexGrill

After seeing repeatedly all the slime Dewhurst hurled at Cruz, I could never ever vote for him.


9 posted on 07/09/2013 3:56:29 AM PDT by Undecided 2012
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To: TexGrill

Its not a rush to support him so much as Abbott having a long track record of no major bad policy decisions.


10 posted on 07/09/2013 4:19:59 AM PDT by MrEdd (Heck? Geewhiz Cripes, thats the place where people who don't believe in Gosh think they aint going.)
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To: MrEdd

Are you sure about that? Right now I got some time to do a little bit of Google searching. I’m somewhat adept at the skill of Googling for negative traits on a politician. After a 1-minute search, I already discovered this link:

http://www.epluribusmedia.org/columns/20061028_abbott.html


11 posted on 07/09/2013 4:23:27 AM PDT by TexGrill (Don't mess with Texas)
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To: TexGrill

Ted Cruz for Governor!


12 posted on 07/09/2013 4:27:04 AM PDT by Erik Latranyi (When religions have to beg the gov't for a waiver, we are already under socialism.)
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To: MrEdd

Apparently Rove operatives do work for Abbott. Have you ever heard of Olsen & Shuvalov?

http://www.publicintegrity.org/2006/09/26/6648/consultant-profile-olsen-shuvalov

That explains why Abbott has to fundraise so much cash. Rove campaign consultants demand high fees for their services.


13 posted on 07/09/2013 4:33:07 AM PDT by TexGrill (Don't mess with Texas)
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To: TexGrill
Shuvalov

Shuvalov to Buffalo?

14 posted on 07/09/2013 4:41:17 AM PDT by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: Izzy Dunne

Don’t count on Abbott to punish is high-rolling donors or to investigate them even if it puts finding a cure for cancer at risk:

http://trailblazersblog.dallasnews.com/2012/12/some-with-ties-to-state-cancer-agency-are-attorney-general-greg-abbott-financial-donors.html/


15 posted on 07/09/2013 4:44:44 AM PDT by TexGrill (Don't mess with Texas)
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To: TexGrill

Both epluribusmedia.org and publicintegrity.org are left-wing websites. I’d take a lot of what they say with a grain of salt.


16 posted on 07/09/2013 4:48:06 AM PDT by Zhang Fei (Let us pray that peace be now restored to the world and that God will preserve it always.)
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To: Jack Hammer

“Is there any room for all of us?”

Yes, if some of us move to around Alpine/Marfa, or Bridgeport or maybe Monahans


17 posted on 07/09/2013 4:49:32 AM PDT by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... Who will shoot Liberty Valence?)
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To: TexGrill
CPRIT is an issue that is going away, thanks to a reform bill:

Fanned by the Texas media, the CPRIT scandal rocked the Texas biotech and life sciences sectors and outraged Texan taxpayers. But Governor Rick Perry’s signing of the new SB 149 CPRIT reform bill last week barely made any waves in the news.

There aren’t many Senate bills that I can easily remember by number. In fact, for all of the controversy and political wrangling associated with Obamacare, I can’t even remember the U.S. House and Senate bills for the Affordable Care Act. However, for some odd reason, SB 149 — the Texas State Senate bill authored by Senator Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound to significantly reform the way CPRIT does business in Texas, seems to have stuck in my mind. Last Wednesday, a few headlines hit the news wire reading, “Governor Rick Perry Signs SB 149,” and I knew right away that, in large part, the CPRIT scandal had finally come to a close.

What I found particularly interesting, however, is how, in spite of a really nasty, disillusioning scandal like CPIRT having a largely happy ending for Texas taxpayers — the reformers got everything they wanted, from considerably more transparency to radical changes to avoid conflicts of interest — the Texas media largely downplayed Governor Perry’s signing of the bill. In this way, a scandal that started with an indignant outcry from the media and Texas residents ended as a footnote.

The palpable decline in coverage and attention to the CPRIT matter didn’t begin at the end, however: even the big news of the Texas Senate Unanimously Approving The Reconciled CPRIT Reform Bill, which BioNews Texas reported on back in late May, didn’t make waves in the media, in spite of the fact that the reconciled version of SB 149 included some radical changes to the cancer research funding agency, including the dissolution of the CPRIT Oversight Committee, a move that was insisted upon by the Texas House version of the bill. The House bill also ushered in another major organization change — a significant reduction in the power and influence of CPRIT’s Executive Director, instead seeking to replace that position with a governing panel.


18 posted on 07/09/2013 5:03:08 AM PDT by Zhang Fei (Let us pray that peace be now restored to the world and that God will preserve it always.)
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To: Zhang Fei

Dewhurst hurt his rep with the run against Cruz. Abbott has stood stronger for conservative causes as AG, whereas Dewhurst is more of a go-along with Strauss (House speaker) who is not a conservative.


19 posted on 07/09/2013 5:12:52 AM PDT by rstrahan
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To: Jack Hammer

“Is there any room for all of us?”

Sigh... Well, being that around 90% of Texas residents live within 100 miles of I-35, there’s plenty of room out in The Big Empty, the Pan Handle, far west Texas, the Trans Pecos and the Big Bend. And, not to neglect east texas, there’s the Big Thicket area over there. However, the I-35 corroridor is filling up fast. We can’t build highways fast enough to accommodate the growth going on, especially in the DFW, Houston, Austin areas. But, if you “promise” that you are really for sure a Republican I suppose you can come on down. Just make sure that the first words out of your mouth isn’t “this is the way we do it back in Michigan”, ok?


20 posted on 07/09/2013 5:36:30 AM PDT by snoringbear (E.oGovernment is the Pimp,)
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To: TurkeyLurkey

Greg Abbott Bump!

He has my support.


21 posted on 07/09/2013 5:43:09 AM PDT by Texas Fossil
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To: snoringbear
"Just make sure that the first words out of your mouth isn’t “this is the way we do it back in Michigan”, ok?

+1.

22 posted on 07/09/2013 5:43:34 AM PDT by ReeseBN38416
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To: TexGrill

Well, I sure am not voting for David do-do hurst. We need someone like Tea Party candidate Ted Cruz. I like Greg Abbott and will vote for him.


23 posted on 07/09/2013 5:49:40 AM PDT by Arrowhead1952 (The Second Amendment is NOT about the right to hunt. It IS a right to shoot tyrants.)
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To: TexGrill

Why not see if Liz Cheney will run?


24 posted on 07/09/2013 5:50:52 AM PDT by 0.E.O
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To: bert

No, move to Dallas, Austin, or Houston.


25 posted on 07/09/2013 6:37:23 AM PDT by Resolute Conservative
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To: Resolute Conservative

Been there, don’t like it.

I have traveled Texas from end to end and really like the smaller towns. They are Texas.


26 posted on 07/09/2013 6:40:07 AM PDT by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... Who will shoot Liberty Valence?)
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To: bert

True, if you move down and become a Texan then great. Too many are coming and wanting it to be just like where they came from.


27 posted on 07/09/2013 6:46:37 AM PDT by Resolute Conservative
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To: Resolute Conservative
"True, if you move down and become a Texan then great. Too many are coming and wanting it to be just like where they came from."

Texas could never be where I came from. Y'all don't know what snow is. :)

28 posted on 07/09/2013 6:52:35 AM PDT by Colonel_Flagg (Army dad. And damned proud.)
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To: nathanbedford
NB, the author should not be considered a "reporter" at the DMN...he is an editorial columnist listed as a reporter.

He's one of the reasons why I don't subscribe to this rag.

29 posted on 07/09/2013 7:13:38 AM PDT by Night Hides Not (The Tea Party was the earthquake, and Chick Fil A the tsunami...100's of aftershocks to come.)
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To: Colonel_Flagg

Come to the panhandle in January. We also get snow in the west Texas mountains, just not the over your head snow.


30 posted on 07/09/2013 7:14:55 AM PDT by Resolute Conservative
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To: nathanbedford

This is coming from The Dallas Morning News, so a left slanted form of analysis is expected.


31 posted on 07/09/2013 7:16:53 AM PDT by TADSLOS (The Event Horizon has come and gone. Buckle up and hang on.)
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To: TexGrill
But this being Texas, these otherwise likable men will draw lessons from the spanking Dewhurst received at the hands of Ted Cruz in last year’s senatorial race, and will now engage in the most shameful effort imaginable to claim the Tea Party mantle — a mantle, by the way, that doesn’t come close to representing the sentiments of most Texans.

Yup all the DIABN (Democrats in all but name) will be climbing all over themselves proclaiming what great 'conservatives' they are, and the media will just go right along with it, as if it had some small bit of reality to it. Why? Because the ideals of the Tea Party do represent the sentiments of most Texans. If it didn't, they wouldn't have to pretend to be something they are not.

Perry's not running for Gov because he's running for president. Won't vote for him. Not in the primary. Not in the general. I don't care what communist they run against him.

Same goes for Dewhurst

32 posted on 07/09/2013 7:18:01 AM PDT by zeugma (Those of us who work for a living are outnumbered by those who vote for a living.)
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To: Jack Hammer
Is there any room for all of us?

We need all the conservatives we can get to displace the hordes of invading California and rust belt liberals, and of course, the illegals that are streaming in for a stake in amnesty.

33 posted on 07/09/2013 7:21:35 AM PDT by TADSLOS (The Event Horizon has come and gone. Buckle up and hang on.)
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To: Arrowhead1952

I think Cruz vs. Dewhurst should have taught these ‘sensible’ journalists all they need to know about all the races coming up in Texas. We know a good thing when we elect it.

I’m pretty sure Abbott has his sucessor picked out.

Texas TEA: go head, try to mess with it, if you can find donors stupid enough to finance you.


34 posted on 07/09/2013 7:22:50 AM PDT by txhurl ('The DOG ate my homework. That homework, too. ALL my homework. OK?' - POSHITUS)
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To: bert
Yes, if some of us move to around Alpine/Marfa, or Bridgeport or maybe Monahans

Shhhhh, keep Bridgeport a secret. I'm looking at a couple of properties up there for my SHTF getaway.

Send the libs to Monahans...they'll get lost in the dunes. lol

35 posted on 07/09/2013 7:23:57 AM PDT by Night Hides Not (The Tea Party was the earthquake, and Chick Fil A the tsunami...100's of aftershocks to come.)
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To: txhurl
I think Cruz vs. Dewhurst should have taught these ‘sensible’ journalists all they need to know about all the races coming up in Texas. We know a good thing when we elect it.

The election of Ted Cruz demonstrates that Tea Partiers abide by The Who's "Won't Get Fooled Again", because Ted Cruz is not "the new boss"...he's working for us. We are "The Boss."

Kenny Marchant better be paying attention...

36 posted on 07/09/2013 7:28:06 AM PDT by Night Hides Not (The Tea Party was the earthquake, and Chick Fil A the tsunami...100's of aftershocks to come.)
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To: TexGrill

I intend to check out everything—on every candidate—which I do when I have a choice. I was basing my opinion on his performance as AG. And I am at this point not “suspicious” of him, nor do I see any reason to cast doubt of his “cleanliness.” I think he is a man of integrity at this point.


37 posted on 07/09/2013 7:31:55 AM PDT by TurkeyLurkey
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To: Erik Latranyi

But we need him as Senator!


38 posted on 07/09/2013 7:34:56 AM PDT by TurkeyLurkey
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To: TurkeyLurkey

So we have a 6 week old Noob out of the gate insisting Abbott is a disaster. Hm...


39 posted on 07/09/2013 7:50:07 AM PDT by txhurl ('The DOG ate my homework. That homework, too. ALL my homework. OK?' - POSHITUS)
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To: txhurl

Yeppers.


40 posted on 07/09/2013 7:53:47 AM PDT by TurkeyLurkey
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To: Resolute Conservative

My son will be a temporary Texan this fall and early winter due to being stationed at Fort Sam Houston. I’ll be looking for a report from him :)


41 posted on 07/09/2013 8:03:29 AM PDT by Colonel_Flagg (Army dad. And damned proud.)
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To: Colonel_Flagg

I hope he loves us Texans as much as we will appreciate his service to our country, sir! :)


42 posted on 07/09/2013 8:18:35 AM PDT by LUV W (All my heroes wear camos! Thank you David, Michael, John, JJ, CMS, Chris, & all of you!)
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To: LUV W

I have the feeling he will enjoy both his new neighbors and living in one of the reddest states in our Union.


43 posted on 07/09/2013 8:29:48 AM PDT by Colonel_Flagg (Army dad. And damned proud.)
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To: TurkeyLurkey

I wonder if it’s the same fanboi that spammed us to death with Dewhurst for Senate. Who is Dewhurst behind for AG, anybody know? So we can pre-emptively return the favor.


44 posted on 07/09/2013 8:35:02 AM PDT by txhurl ('The DOG ate my homework. That homework, too. ALL my homework. OK?' - POSHITUS)
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To: Colonel_Flagg

Luckily he will miss the heat and humidity. October to early-mid December is my favorite time of year. Tell him that when he leave the base always go west to explore. The east side is, well the east side...


45 posted on 07/09/2013 8:35:31 AM PDT by Resolute Conservative
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To: Resolute Conservative

You can bet I will do that. Thanks for the tip.


46 posted on 07/09/2013 8:37:40 AM PDT by Colonel_Flagg (Army dad. And damned proud.)
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To: Colonel_Flagg

The air he breathes will be sweet with liberty and freedom.

I hope he gets a chance to sample all the wonderful Mexican
food that is available in that awesome city. And see the
Alama...the bastion of freedom for our great state of Texas!

I’d love to be his guide. :)


47 posted on 07/09/2013 8:45:01 AM PDT by LUV W (All my heroes wear camos! Thank you David, Michael, John, JJ, CMS, Chris, & all of you!)
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To: Night Hides Not

I have the maroon Bridgeport Stagecoach Capitol of Texas T shirt


48 posted on 07/09/2013 8:49:02 AM PDT by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... Who will shoot Liberty Valence?)
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To: Jack Hammer

Won’t mean a damn thing. Conservatives can’t even agree what a Constitutional Republic should look like....just look here for the gaggle who think they’re ‘owed’ SS/Medicare, somehow think the War on XYZ (especially drugs) is A.O.K., etc.

States were to be the bedrock of ideas and their implementation; not 50 little D.C.’s; as NONE of ‘em (so far) have told the Fed. to F* off, and cut off the $$ train.


49 posted on 07/09/2013 9:08:05 AM PDT by i_robot73 (We hold that all individuals have the Right to exercise sole dominion over their own lives - LP.org)
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To: LUV W; Colonel_Flagg

*Alamo* How could I misspell that word! Geez!


50 posted on 07/09/2013 9:17:26 AM PDT by LUV W (All my heroes wear camos! Thank you David, Michael, John, JJ, CMS, Chris, & all of you!)
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