January 09, 2005
Perry's endorsements so far

Having previously announced the support of conservative groups, Governor Perry has released a list of fellow Republican officeholders who really really like him.

The endorsements for Perry were from Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, Attorney General Greg Abbott, Agriculture Commissioner Susan Combs, Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson and Railroad Commissioners Victor Carrillo, Michael Williams and Charles Matthews.

Matthews was named on Friday as the sole finalist for chancellor of the Texas State University System.


The endorsement from Combs was a surprise because she is longtime friends with Hutchison and has said she will run for comptroller if Strayhorn vacates the office. Combs could not be reached for comment, but she released a statement that she has $1.74 million available for a comptroller's race.

Perry's greatest strength among Republicans is from the party's right wing social conservatives who oppose abortion and support issues such as private school vouchers.

That last sentence would seem to imply that there's a discrenable faction of the Texas GOP which isn't "social conservatives who oppose abortion and support issues such as private school vouchers". They're awfully quiet if they do exist, that's for sure. You'd really have to make Perry a strong favorite in the primary if the above is true.

Meanwhile, Kinky Friedman, the only candidate so far who would be assured of running in the November general election, has picked up a crucial endorsement from New Jersey, something which I'm sure he'd appreciate.

Posted by Charles Kuffner on January 09, 2005 to Election 2006 | TrackBack