The Harris County GOP precinct chairs within CD22 had a little meeting yesterday to get to know the potential Chosen Ones a bit better. I think this pretty much sums up the whole process:
In closed-door sessions, potential nominees handed out copies of their questionnaires and gave presentations to the roughly 50 precinct chairs. The replacement nominee for the November ballot will be selected by a four-member committee of precinct chairs — one each from Brazoria, Fort Bend, Galveston and Harris counties.
The questionnaires were not made public.
"We are getting all the decision-makers together in one room," said Kathy Haigler, a precinct chair from Deer Park.
During the sessions, the candidates were asked, among other things, about immigration and homeland security, two high-priority issues among GOP voters, Haigler said.
Also, candidates were asked if they thought they possessed "electability."
Put it this way: Let's pretend this is May of 2005. Tom DeLay has announced his retirement, setting off a mad scramble in the GOP primary for CD22. Would you make any of these folks the favorite? That's perhaps not a fair question, because in such a scenario Bob Eckels or Paul Bettencourt might be in the mix. But they're not, and maybe that's an indicator about this year's race. Maybe the reason there's not much star power here is that the real bright lights don't see this as such favorable electoral terrain.Posted by Charles Kuffner on May 07, 2006 to Election 2006 | TrackBack