Skip to comments.(Thread II) DRAFT RON PAUL FOR SENATE! Fill Gramm vacancy + latest updates on TX senate race
Posted on 09/04/2001 10:26:49 PM PDT by GOPcapitalist
Attention all freepers: Today's announcement by Senator Gramm of Texas that he will not seek reelection is in itself unfortunate, as Senator Gramm is a dedicated conservative Republican. Gramm's retirement does, however, present us with a great opportunity in Texas to draft Congressman Ron Paul for Senate. There has been much talk in recent weeks about Congressman Paul as a possible candidate, and a "Draft Ron Paul" effort is underway. Anybody familiar with Congressman Paul will admit that there is no greater ally for proponents of limited and constitutional government in the entire US Congress than Rep. Paul. Ron is a dedicated and principled constitutionalist who votes on issues rather than personal gain, as is often the case with many congressmen - even those who purport to be Republicans. Ron can always be counted on to vote the CONSTITUTIONAL way on practically every issue - even when the vote falls 434 to 1. Ron is a true conservative constitutionalist who is one of the leaders in the growing movement to return America to its constitutional roots as envisioned by our nation's founders. As a congressman, he led the Texas delegation behind Reagan at a time when the GOP's liberal elements appeared to call the shots and wanted a moderate candidate for President. It is for these reasons why we should draft Ron Paul to run for Senator from Texas to fill the Gramm vacancy. Please go to the Draft Ron Paul committee's website and print out sign the petition to draft Congressman Paul for Senator. DraftRonPaul.com has been collecting petitions which will be delivered to Congressman Paul's office to demonstrate the grassroots support behind him if he chooses to run for Senate. They will also be given to the Republican Party of Texas to let the GOP leadership know that the voters want a true conservative constitutionalist for their next senator.
Go to www.DraftRonPaul.com and submit your petition online (click on the link in the header)
- The Draft Ron Paul committee website has been modified so that petitions may be submitted electronically online now.
- Draft Ron Paul has made the news! Quorum Report, one of the top political newsletters in Texas, mentioned a heavy influx of emails promoting the Draft Ron Paul effort. Quorum Report listed Paul as having a unique situation with several advantages because Ron already has a huge nationwide following of newsletter subscribers, which also means donors
- Other potential senate candidates continue to be announced. Included are two that everybody expected: Dewhurst and Cornyn. Dewhurst and Cornyn both have statewide organizations, but there is some concern because both were bruised during redistricting, largely for not satisfying their own GOP base let alone the dems. Cornyn and Dewhurst would also be limited on contributions now to $1K per donor - both are used to getting multi-thousand dollar checks to fund their campaigns
- Other contenders that are rumored include Congressman Joe Barton and Railroad Commissioner Tony Garza. Garza is also thought to be interested in the Attorney General seat if Cornyn runs for senate. IMHO, this would be the GOP's best shot for putting a strong hispanic republican on the top of our ticket. He'd be running against austin mayor Kirk Watson, and quite frankly I think he'd be better there at drawing hispanic voters to the GOP than he would going up head to head against a quasi-popular hispanic democrat like Dan Morales.
- Of course, there's the Henry Bonilla issue. Bonilla seems to be the annointed one of the GOP establishment for senator. But outside of the back meeting rooms of susan weddington's office at the state GOP hq, the Bonilla situation is not near as certain. Harvey Kronberg brought up another point in the Quorum Report article: "should Bonilla run, his seat would surely go Democratic" especially if redistricting goes the wrong way, which it very well could since a democrat federal court has the TX redistricting case. Say what you may about Bonilla's district, but I have to agree with Kronberg in large part because that district was drawn to be a democrat seat. Bonilla won it by what has become the stuff of legends - there have been books written about that upset victory because it was so unexpected and stunning. Albert Bustamante, the dem prior to Bonilla, thought he had a seat in congress for life. But Bustamante screwed up, Bonilla called him on it and won, and Bonilla's been working like crazy ever since to ensure that district stays with him. I also think that's part of the reason why Tony Garza has popped up all of a sudden as another hispanic republican candidate whose name is floating around.
- Another big set of rumors - what will become of the AG seat if Cornyn runs for senate. As I said, that may be the best place for Tony Garza to run. Or maybe Greg Abbott, leaving lite guv open for Garza to run. Either would benefit the GOP ticket strength as a whole as the two would probably go up against Democrat good ole boy John Sharpe for Lite guv and Austin mayor Kirk Watson for AG. In either case, it would be an GOP victory, IMHO.
Right now there are A LOT of variables up in the air. I think this has its advantages and disadvantages, both of which can be played. It's early and everybody was kinda caught off guard by Gramm's announcement, which means we have time to put the effort together to draft Ron Paul.
Some critics have said Paul is too far to the right to win statewide. I disagree, and in fact I think he's EXACTLY what the GOP in Texas needs right now. After a dissappointing legislative session in which our current Governor and lite guv sold out the GOP on key issues like hate crimes, the Republican base needs somebody like Ron Paul to rally around. One staunch right winger like Ron Paul on our slate could do some good - it could reenergize the GOP base, and anchor the slate as a whole with the conservative base of party members - kinda serving almost like a Ronald Reagan figure. In an age when we're fed up with RINOs and people who talk conservative then cave to the dems on hate crimes, it's healthy to have somebody stand firm and strong. Ron Paul is the perfect candidate for that spot because he has proven himself already.
And just for anybody who is interested in my two cents, here's what I would suggest if I were to carve out a GOP slate:
SENATOR - Ron Paul
GOVERNOR - Rick Perry (just because he's the incumbent)
LT. GOV - Tony Garza, or Henry Bonilla but only if Bonilla's district will remain GOP
ATTORNEY GENERAL - Greg Abbott
LAND COMMISSIONER - Jerry Patterson (or Kenn George-both are conservative)
COMPTROLLER - Carol Keeton Rylander (incumbent)
AGRICULTURE - Susan Combs (incumbent)
This is our chance to reignite constitutional conservatism as a political movement.
Problem is, Ron is a libertarian and he's made some votes that have angered conservatives...
That aside, I hope he is the next Senator from Texas... He'd be a great Senator...
That aside, I'm pretty sure the next United States Senator from Texas is going to be Henry Bonilia.
The Christian Coalition gives him their highest rating...
The Gun owners of America don't rate anyone higher...
He's a solid A++++++ rightwinger.... and he has the state GOP behind him....
As I'm not a Texan, my opinion doesn't really matter in this race. But you'll be happy to know that I'm backing a Ron Paul-type candidate for the Illinois Governor's race, (who is by the far the most conservative of the three candidates in the primary) despite the usual whine that he is "too conservative to win".... then again, the prime reason I'm back state senator O'Malley is because I'M in his state legislative district. ;-)
Other than that, I don't think it is very smart of the GOP establishment to be running Bonilla in the senate slot. Let's be honest about it - the main reason they are running him is for his hispanic surname in hopes of drawing hispanic voters. I'm all for hispanic outreach, but it's not very smart to run the hispanic outreach candidate against a quasi-popular hispanic democrat who also has a hispanic surname. That would be Dan Morales, the likely Dem senate nominee.
In effect, all it does for Hispanic outreach is cancel out a few Morales votes. It's much smarter to get Bonilla to run against somebody like John Sharpe - a democrat good ole boy who attracts a lot of swing voters. Bonilla would negate Sharpe's swing voter pull with Hispanic votes, and that alone could win the election in a race like Lt. Gov where sharpe is running.
In the Texas GOP there are 2 big factions...
Christian conservatives and Gun Owners...
At times Ron has pissed off the Christian right... over very minor siht... very minor... but they're part of the GOP coalition... and the Christian Right loves Henry...
Congressmen that get the Gun Owners of America's highest rating aren't part of the establishment...
The Christian right in Texas isn't part of the establishment... Last summer when the Gay GOP congressman from Arizona gave a speech at the GOP convention and the national media focused all their cameras on the fact that the entire Texas delegation was praying... These are establishment GOP types... ????
It's politically stupid to send your strongest hispanic candidate to run against their strongest hispanic candidate when the idea of the game is to introduce the GOP into hispanic communities. You don't do that by starting a fight with their hispanic candidate over who gets what ground among hispanic voters. Instead, you send your guy to recruit where they are not doing any recruiting. And the obvious place where that is occurring is Lt. Gov.
Second... The GOP national establishment doesn't support candidates like Henry...
He's too close to all those crazy Christian rightwingers and people like Larry Pratt... according to the national media
I'm just tellin ya the facts.... Again, Ron is my congressman... I've given lots of money to him and think the world of him...
But in Texas, the Christian Coalition has a very strong foothold.. one of the few states where they still do...
The CC's may still be kicking in texas, but recall that they are the same group that gave Ron the standing ovations at the last state convention. No other congressman, not even Henry, got the applause Ron did. I also think in recent years the state has drifted slowly away from the religious right's firm hands (i.e. back in the pauken days) and more into the anti-government, anti-federal reserve, gun rights, anti-UN, pro-local government people who are embodied in the more recent platforms. The CC is still there, just not as dominating as it was 4-5 years ago.
Trust me - the picture does not do her justice. She's a fan of the Tammy Faye Bakker makeup catelogue. You can see her hair though. The leading theory at present is that she was tilting her head 45 degrees to the left the last time she visited her barber.
What are you doin'? Workin' the graveyard shift at the RNC? Go home and get your beauty sleep you've got a big day of sellout political manuevering tomorrow.
Free Republic is a conservative forum, my friend, not a Republican one. I am not going to ruffle any feathers other than neocon and RINO ones by praising Ron Paul. Go peddle your group politics somewheres else, buddy, we're all about the Constitution over here.
Oh, and don't give me your ACU percentile garbage, either. Free Republic is grassroots conservative not the sellout "Conservative, Inc." crap you're spouting.
Oddly enough, I see it working the other way. I can't see some liberal mayor having statewide appeal, but Ken BENTSEN has the name reconitizion. Who was the LAST Democrat to win a statewide senate race in Texas? Why, good ol' Lloyd BENTSEN, of course. The sheep that supported him will support little Ken.
At least let's not call a principled man degrading names.
That's exactly what you'd get if David Dewhurst wins the nomination. I am starting to fear Cornyn would be the same way - he's been very shaky when facing democrat opposition lately.
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