According to the El Paso Times, the border city's biggest GOP muckety-mucks are "abandoning nine-term state Rep. Pat Haggerty and throwing their political muscle and money behind his GOP challenger."
The same story also quoted state Rep. Carter Casteel, a moderate Republican from New Braunfels, who said she has been the subject of a push poll designed to gauge how deep her support is in the district.
The calls, which she said were received by some constituents, including her husband and one of her sons, were an automated effort from the Texas Republican Party.
"For those of us who helped build the Republican Party, we hope that whoever is behind these efforts remembers that we did so by addition, not subtraction," said state Rep. Joe Straus, R-San Antonio.
"If those reports are accurate," he said, referring to Haggerty and Casteel, "then it would appear that some people in our party need to go back to elementary school to re-learn simple arithmetic."
Straus, who hails from one of San Antonio's most prominent families, should know.
He got crosswise with the party leadership, particularly Gov. Rick Perry, in July by joining 12 other Republicans to vote against a major tax bill, known as House Bill 3.
But he is unapologetic, saying, "I'm going to continue to vote my conscience and my district as long as I'm in the Legislature."
Any more of these out there? We're getting close to filing time, so we'll know soon enough. Thanks to Aaron Pena for the link.Posted by Charles Kuffner on November 21, 2005 to Election 2006 | TrackBack