I've opined before that DeLay's actions so far indicate to me a desire on his part to not just win but win big. I'm gratified to see that I'm not the only person who thinks that.
"He needs to play it safe and come home and do the things you need to do," said Gloria Roemer, spokeswoman for Harris County Judge Robert Eckels. "He wants to win by a substantial margin."
I find this quote, from Harris County Clerk Beverly Kaufman, to be even more interesting:
"He may have observed the experiences of others who took their districts for granted and lived to rue the day," said Harris County Clerk Beverly Kaufman. "It's always smart to dance with the girl that brung ya."
DeLay's Democratic opponent is former Rep. Nick Lampson, who lost his seat after the redistricting. Lampson had raised more than $500,000 by June 30; in 2004, Morrison raised only about $643,000 for the entire campaign.
DeLay and Lampson each plan to raise at least $4 million.
"Tom Delay is anything but naive," Kaufman said. "It is not going to be a tortoise-and-hare situation for him."
One last item of interest:
[T]he parade of local appearances is a departure from past August breaks. In 2002, for instance, DeLay campaigned for eight House members from California to North Carolina. In 2003, he and other lawmakers addressed Israel's Knesset.
On this break, he spent just two days away from the district — one in Nashville, Tenn., to attend a Christian conservative rally and another at a Hilton Head golf fundraiser for Rep. Joe Wilson, R-S.C.
I'll be returning to some of these ideas later on over the weekend. For now, just enjoy that Elvis picture.Posted by Charles Kuffner on August 26, 2005 to Election 2006 | TrackBack