October 19, 2002
Chron endorses Goodhair and Sharp

The Chron gave its endorsements for Governor and Lt. Governor today, going with Governor Goodhair and John Sharp. Neither of these comes as a surprise to me. Sharp is exactly the kind of fiscal conservative/social moderate that the Chron generally likes, while Rick Perry is a Republican running for Governor, which has been sufficient for every Chron endorsement since at least 1990. If you think I'm just being a bitter partisan, read the following paragraph:

But the point is that Perry has experience and a record he is willing to defend. As a member of the Texas House, as the state's agriculture commissioner, as lieutenant governor and as governor since December 2000, Perry has a long track record and knows how the state Capitol works.

and ask yourself how they can square it with their endorsement of zero-experience zero-record outsider Clayton Williams over long-track-record-in-state-government Ann Richards in 1990. However balanced they may be in other endorsements, the Chron simply likes Republican candidates for Governor. Period.

Posted by Charles Kuffner on October 19, 2002 to Election 2002

The Chron's endorsements for political offices can safely be assumed to go to the Republicans with occasional exception. In 1998 the only two Democrats endorsed in competitive races were Sharp and Hobby. They endorsed Sharp this go-around... any other Democrats?


Posted by: R. Alex on October 20, 2002 2:22 AM