If you’re anything like me, you have probably received multiple communications from the Bill White campaign inviting you to come down to the Hilton Americas at noon and hear White say officially what office he’ll be pursuing. The Chron attempts to preempt him.
Mayor Bill White will formally enter the race for governor today, instantly becoming the Democrats’ best hope of winning a statewide office in seven years.
White, a three-term mayor who is balding and known for something of a bland personality, is expected use self-deprecating humor to tell a Hilton Americas crowd of supporters that he knows he is not a “perfect candidate” but is someone who can get things done.
White has said he wants to end “strident partisanship” in Austin. He will tell supporters he wants to improve high school graduation rates and slow the rising costs of insurance and college tuition.
He will build his campaign on a record as Houston mayor, claiming lower crime rates and successful battles with polluters to clean the city’s air even while being opposed by the state’s environmental protection agency.
Boy, where have I heard those themes before? As I am fortunate enough to be off work today, I will be at the Hilton, assuming we don’t all get snowed in, to witness the announcement. I’ll write about it later today. In the meantime, as the Trib notes, Hank Gilbert will be holding “a virtual press conference with Texas media to address his status in the race for Governor of Texas.” That will be going on at noon as well. Like the Trib, I have no idea what he will say, but we’ll know soon enough.