May 19, 2003
Turner's troubles

John Williams spells out Sylvester Turner's problems going into the Mayor's race. I've made the same observations (here and here), but Williams adds an interesting Killer D twist that I'd forgotten:

Turner said he understood why the Killer D's acted but declined to participate because he was one of the five House conferees trying to reach a compromise with the Senate on a new state budget.

Politically, Turner acknowledged he was in a no-win situation that would leave one side or the other unhappy.

He's right. Had he joined the Democrats in Ardmore, Turner's opponents in the mayor's race could label him a quitter for leaving work in Austin.

Such criticism, however, probably wouldn't come from the man many believe Turner will face in a runoff -- former Councilman Orlando Sanchez, who forced Brown into a runoff in 2001.

In 1999, Sanchez and four other council members temporarily blocked a vote for an airport parking contract by walking out and breaking a quorum.

Pretty ironic, especially since Chris Bell led that walkout.

I believe Turner's stock is falling, and I believe it won't get back up. I'd love to see some reliable poll numbers right about now.

Posted by Charles Kuffner on May 19, 2003 to Election 2003 | TrackBack