May 20, 2004
Checking in with Ron Kirk

Here's a brief update on once and possibly future candidate for statewide office Ron Kirk.

Last summer Mr. Kirk gave $30,000 to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee and various Senate campaigns, and $5,000 to the Democratic National Committee.

He says he's also had conversations with Barack Obama, the Illinois Democrat who is poised to become the third black senator elected since Reconstruction.

"He can win," Mr. Kirk said. "He's a good candidate and is very sharp. I'm committed to him lock, stock and barrel."


Mr. Kirk hopes Texas can help Mr. Obama be the second black person elected to the Senate from Illinois in 12 years. He wants to bring Mr. Obama to Texas for a fund-raising tour.

"There are a lot of Democrats here," he said. "Those of us who care have to play by electing progressive Democrats in other states."

I've heard a rumor that Obama will be in town for the state Democratic convention next month. That'd be cool.

Mr. Kirk says he doesn't know whether he will run for a public office again.

He's got a list of potential 2006 Democratic Senate and gubernatorial candidates that includes Dallas Mayor Laura Miller (she says she's not interested in partisan politics); her husband, state Rep. Steve Wolens; and former San Antonio Mayor Henry Cisneros.

Just a few more names to add to the hopper. Baggage and all, I agree with Greg, from whom I got this story, that Henry Cisneros would make a strong candidate in any race he'd choose to run.

Posted by Charles Kuffner on May 20, 2004 to Show Business for Ugly People | TrackBack

I really think it would be a great thing for Ron Kirk to be nominated by the DNC to run for President in 2008. For all nay sayers, look at Paul Hackett's Senate run against Jean Schmidt in Cincinnati in a hard core Republican town. He lost by 3,000 votes.

He ran as a Moderate Democrat and did extremely well. I think that the DNC should run a moderate candidate. Hillary is too far the the left and she is too rough. I know that Ohio would no longer be a swing state with a candidate such as Ron Kirk.

That's huge. If you could please update me on Ron Kirk. Thank you,


Posted by: Jonathan on October 6, 2005 11:18 PM