February 23, 2008
Endorsement watch: Stuff from Austin

The Burnt Orange Report offers its slate of candidates for the primary, generating a little heat in the comments for a couple of their selections. I largely agree with their choices, and would like to echo their recommendation of Rosemary Lehmberg for Travis County DA. While I think the candidates in that race are all pretty good (though I have concerns about Mindy Montford), I'm strongly swayed by Ronnie Earle's endorsement of Lehmberg. Unlike Harris County, I think Travis would be well served by continuing the work of the outgoing incumbent, and Lehmberg appears to be the best one for that job.

Meanwhile, the Austin Chronicle updates its list of endorsements to include Sam Houston and Linda Yanez in the State Supreme Court races. Those two did very well in collecting newspaper nods. We'll see how that goes for them.

The Statesman strikes a somewhat halfhearted blow for Brian Thompson in HD46. Mostly, they're ready to be done with Rep. Dawnna Dukes, and they have a lot of good reasons for that.

Elsewhere, the Galveston News and Victoria Advocate endorse Ron Paul's primary opponent in CD14, Chris Peden. This is not a surprise, as both papers endorsed Paul's 2006 general election opponent Shane Sklar, which the GalvNews acknowledged in its piece. Thanks to Vince for the heads up.

Finally, I presume the Chron will do a few more endorsements tomorrow. It's my understanding that they interviewed State Rep candidates yesterday. Why in the world it has taken them so long to do this, especially in the face of record-breaking early vote turnout, is beyond me. But look for something tomorrow, at which time I'll update my list of races they've not gotten to.

Posted by Charles Kuffner on February 23, 2008 to Election 2008