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Today’s the day for Bill White

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.

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10 Comments

  1. Baby Snooks says:

    Some expect Hank Gilbert to announce he will be running for lieutenant governor instead. And the boys in the backroom in Austin will have had their way. And as in 2006 we will see a Democratic candidate who cannot even garner, as the candidate in 2006 put it, the percentage of votes a corpse could garner. Looks good, but doesn’t talk so good, has the personality of a corpse, and smells like one.

    Sorry but the Texas Democratic Party just cannot seem to get the message that the voters aren’t stupid. Even the Democrats will put just so much aside. And everyone is tired of these carpetbagging con artists who learned to spell corrupt before they learned to spell their own names.

    I never voted for him because of Issam Fares. I have heard but haven’t been able to confirm that one of the Fares sons handles the police pension fund. The one that’s in trouble.

    The Republicans will have a field day with Bill White. I cannot even fathom what Allen Blakemore will do with the Fares connection. Except you be sure the connection to Hezbollah will be center stage.

  2. Paul says:

    Grandma Snooks:
    You are correct that most Texans are not stupid however you are. Bill White will carry Harris, Galveston and Fort Bend counties. He will also carry Dallas, San Antonio, Austin, El Paso and south Texas. Rick Perry will carry Amarillo, Lubbock, Midland, Odessa San Angelo and Beaumont. I look forward to Governor Bill Whites tenure. Republicans are so in denial about the direction this state is headed.

    http://www.americanprogress.org/issues/2009/03/progressive-map/

  3. Baby Snooks says:

    We will see next November who is stupid. I would prefer an alternative to Rick Perry but so far there doesn’t appear to be one. I predict he will become known as Governor 59% instead of Governor 39% particularly if Bill White is the Democratic candidate. He might even become known as Governor 69%. If he manages to garner the votes of all the corpses.

  4. Baby Snooks says:

    And just as there were a lot of people who didn’t catch Madeline Albright’s infamous “the deaths of 500,000 Iraqi children” comment on 60 Minutes, there are a lot of people who didn’t catch that story in the Houston Chronicle about Issam Fares and Hezbollah. Particularly a lot of people in the Jewish community who really are not amused by even the indirect association of Bill White. Many remember the Marines murdered by Hezbollah outside of Beirut. Many others remember the Israelis murdered by Hezbollah. And will not vote for Bill White again. Many in fact will no longer read Jewish Herald Voice. Wondering why Jewish Herald Voice didn’t run the story. Although everyone knows why they didn’t. Arthur Schechter.

  5. Baby Snooks says:

    http://www.chron.com/CDA/archives/archive.mpl?id=2003_3712916

    “It is a mistake to make a comparison between the al-Qaida network . . . which Lebanon has condemned, and Hezbollah, which Lebanon considers a resistance party fighting the Israeli occupation,” Fares told Agence France-Presse. “Hezbollah did not carry out any resistance operation against American interests in Lebanon or abroad and did not target civilians in its resistance activities as happened on Sept. 11 at the World Trade Center.”

    I guess George HW Bush didn’t know about Issam Fares making that statement. Or just assumed everyone is stupid. Hezbollah took credit for and was determined to be behind the attacks on those barracks outside of Beirut. I guess Issam Fares also thinks people are stupid. Not everyone is stupid. Some just overlook stories in the newspapers.

    Apparently the Democrats are just as morally corrupt as the Republicans. Hezbollah took credit for and was determined to be behind the attacks on those barracks outside of Beirut. I guess Issam Fares also thinks people are stupid.

  6. Baby Snooks says:

    If Ronald Reagan were alive, the Bushes and the Clintons both would probably be at Nuremberg. Along with quite a few of their friends.

  7. Mike says:

    Is there any preliminary polling on how White would fare against Perry / Hutchinson? I’d be interested to see the numbers now – I’ll bet White’s numbers only go up between now and the election as voters become familiar with him across the state.

  8. Mike,

    From the Texas Tribune poll in November:

    “Perhaps the most interesting results of these match ups, though, are the items in which we matched both the Governor and the Senator with an unnamed “Democratic nominee.” Hutchison topped a generic Democrat by 11 points (36-25), while Perry edged the unnamed D by only 1 point. To some degree, respondents may well be attempting to convey that they are maintaining an open mind at this point, and in all of these hypothetical races more than a third of the respondents either didn’t know or opted for an unknown third party candidate. But the gap between Perry and Hutchison in the generic match up has to get your attention — particularly when the governor’s approval rating remains at 36%, in the ballpark of his 39% approval in our February poll, his 42% in June, and 38% a year ago.”

    The Perry number versus generic D was 34-33, with Undecided going from 30 (KBH versus D) to 25. I think we can assume White would do better in either case.

  9. arthur schechter says:

    I dare “Baby Snooks” to reveal his or her sorry identity.This is not the first time I have been slandered by this cowardly ,uninformed liar.

  10. Baby Snooks says:

    I doubt seriously that Arthur Schechter doesn’t know who I am.