Former mayoral candidate Michael Berry has given his endorsement to Orlando Sanchez.
The endorsement is expected to solidify Sanchez's standing among conservative voters who supported him in a 2001 runoff loss to Mayor Lee Brown but had shifted toward Berry in the 2003 campaign's early months.
Berry made the endorsement during a meeting of the Harris County Republican Party, which has been spending money on advertising labeling candidate Bill White as a liberal.
"I welcome it, absolutely," Sanchez said. "I thought Michael ran a good race on some issues that I also campaigned on, and he has good fiscal conservative values."
Earlier this year, Berry told the Houston Police Officers Union that he would not make an endorsement if he were not in the race.
And he had pounded Sanchez for using campaign operatives who once worked for Brown.
But he said he decided to endorse Sanchez after getting assurances that Sanchez would take up two causes the mayor opposes.
First, Berry said, Sanchez would have to oppose Metro's Nov. 4 transit referendum that includes light rail. Sanchez struck that position last Wednesday, two days after Berry decided to run for another council seat.
Second, Berry said, Sanchez would have to support his proposal for a 1-cent cut in the city's property tax rate of 64.5 cents per $100 valuation.
Anyway, Berry gets reassured that his heart will go on, Sanchez finally remembers that he doesn't like rail, and all is well with the universe.Posted by Charles Kuffner on September 30, 2003 to Election 2003 | TrackBack