Skip to comments.Tom Pauken withdraws from GOP governorís race
Posted on 12/05/2013 2:29:08 PM PST by thetallguy24
Tom Pauken, former chairman of the Texas Workforce Commission and former head of the state Republican Party, withdrew from the Texas gubernatorial race.
Pauken had struggled to raise money against a well-financed Greg Abbott.
The following statement is excerpted from a letter the Pauken campaign sent today to donors and supporters:
Thanksgiving is a time to count our blessings, and I have much to be thankful for with such a great family and so many wonderful friends. The past month has made that even clearer and more dear to me. I want to thank you personally for your gracious and generous support of my campaign for Governor and the future of Texas. It is deeply appreciated.
Thanksgiving week also gave me the opportunity to reflect on where we were in the campaign and what we should do, going forward. Filing deadline is only days away, and I have to be realistic about our prospects. When I first filed our exploratory committee in March, I said at the time that there were certain, minimum objectives we needed to achieve to win the Republican nomination: (1) We had to raise a minimum of $2 million; (2) We had to build a strong, statewide organization; (3) We had to develop a major social media presence in a short period of time.
Even though I have worked hard to get our message out across the state the past six months, unfortunately we are nowhere near where we need to be financially and organizationally to win this race. And, the primary is only three months away. I can no longer in good conscience ask friends and fellow conservatives to continue to help me when there appears to be no realistic path to victory. Greg Abbott has a $25 million war chest and the media depicts
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He should have run against CORNYN
I agree with that sentiment
Yeah, a lot of people asked him to run for Senate. It would have been an interesting rematch. He told them no, he was only interested in the governor’s office. I think he would’ve gotten a lot of support.
I wonder if this means Tom Jr. (TexGrill) is going to disappear from FR lol
Tom Pauken is actually a true blue Reaganite.
I don’t know about Jr :p
I kinda like Abbott. Have to see how he stands on issues, but he’s better than a damned Democrat link Wendy O Davis the abortion queen.
Abbott blew it when he opposed the AA/United merger
If this race is between Abbott and Windy and it isn't a cakewalk for Abbott, Texas is in serious trouble.
Greg Abbott is a strong firearm defender of our right to our firearms and we are safe from federal messing with our firearm rights if he is Governor. I was just reading on FR about New York City sending letters to owners of rifles that hold more than four cartridges, telling them to turn them in or get them altered or send them out of state. All those rifle owners should move to Texas and let New York City implode with only criminals having firearms. Note, handguns aren't mentioned in this particular firearms grab.
I'm not sure - can anyone even have a handgun in New York City? Maybe they are already outlawed.
Back to Pauken: Good riddance to wimpy, lost every office he tried to win, and was the worst Texas Republican State Chairman we ever had - caused a split in the party and racked up debt for the party as people wouldn't give money to the party due to his being the chairman and the Republican governor wouldn't take his calls. My husband being the county chairman, and I, lived through that time with Pauken as state chair, and it was really, really, bad. Susan Weddington took over as state chair and money started rolling in and we became the great, united, party with every state office holder being a Republican.
Greg Abbott is my choice for Governor to keep Texas as a great state for conservatives.
I’m voting for Abbott.
Notice how every second amendment pic Abbott has is with a rich man’s over-under shotgun? Never seen with a pistol ( like Jerry Patterson) or assault rifle (like Rick Perry). It’s code for I’m a moderate on gun rights. Shotguns aren’t what’s under threat from gun control nuts.
He already did. His FR account is closed.
Hey, hey, hey..... That'd be Wendy. I'm the only Windy around this here joint.
Since when is a pistol for the common man and a shotgun is a rich man's weapon? You are trying to degrade Abbott for some reason - this tactic won't work. Do you have a problem with someone having a lot of money? You sound like Hussein, the man living in the White House. I believe the richest man who is a Texas elected official is Lt. Gov. Dewhurst.
You say, “It's code for I'm a moderate on gun rights.” You are demented. I guess you don't have a “rich man's” shotgun. What you say is ridiculous.
Thank God... he was as annoying as heck :/
What happened to send him out, btw?
“What happened to send him out, btw?”
I couldn’t find out but it may have been his using FR at night for his personal blog, posting hundreds of threads about China, Japan, Asia, that area where he lives.
You joined in April of this year kind of close to the time Pauken bounced on the scene. Your about page also doesn’t give the state where you live. Let me check some of the posts you have made.
Okay, I checked your other posts. You are a Pauken guy. So, now, you will make up crappy statements about Abbott without mentioning your long gone Pauken. I will hold you to the truth every time you dump non-truths about Abbott.
Yeah, he was annoying. I figured he had a short life span.
I did some checking, but no one knew anything. For all I know, he may have asked for his account to be closed.
That’s too bad. The communist/Asian posts he made in the dead of night that no one read will be sorely missed lol
Heh..... I grin :-)
using FR at night for his personal blog, posting hundreds of threads about China, Japan, Asia
I figured he had a short life span.
“Got to the point that I would make SURE the thread wasn’t BY him before I clicked on it :/”
Me, too, wouldn’t click on any he posted. It was aggravating every night.
Didn’t know that about him. If that was an example of their social media presence it was certainly a “fail”.
Ahh...not missing those “Global business tips”, eh?
No, I'm afraid I don't miss 'em at all.
It’s about time to discuss where our various Texan leaders are going, and why they’ve been so silent lately in the assault zero has been dishing out.
Abbott (my Gov fave) and Cruz (my Prez ‘16 fave) and Perry (my Chief of Staff ‘16 fave) don’t seem to be orbiting each other.
I’m prone to think they’re focusing on the Article V convention, but I wish I was hearing more from my guys.
My gut tells me they’re in de-coup mode, and need to work silently, but I’d like a few bones thrown my way to reassure me.
“Ahh...not missing those Global business tips, eh?”
Over and over and over, glad they are gone.
Some politicians do like to pose with guns. Usually, it don’t mean much.
It's just me, but I'd prefer to imagine that they're war-gaming out something much bigger than an Article V convention. Zero's assaults against the republic are so egregious, we need the states to do something historically bold at this juncture.
I can think of many forms in which the states could boldly respond to the feds, but there's no question that the situation requires a major response. We haven't seen a situation quite like this since our founding.
Uh oh, that's two for President. Perry can't make it. He needs a different path.
They have to be working on organization and gathering money, then they will break open and you'll know it.
All three have been to my county in the past few months and they will be back. This is the one county in the state where they know they are “loved” and will garner money here. Tickets for Cruz were sold out. It was here that Cruz and Palin were together on stage just before the senatorial election. The pictures you see on FR with the two of them together on stage were made here. That happened to be when the Chick Fil-A thing happened and Palin and husband went to a Chick restaurant after that gathering.
Usually, when there is a debate, it's on the PBS channel and seldom is it a regular TV channel which is ridiculous. Maybe it will be different this time.
Lol.. I commented a couple of times to him about that (think I even told him that it was annoying)... never replied nor gave up >.<
An Article V convention will NEVER occur in Texas as long as Joe Straus controls the House. Even if an Article V convention somehow did come to reality, Joe Straus would send his moderate cronies to the convention, leaving little to be gained.
That’s a depressing bit of news....