In a not-so-surprising move, former Travis County district attorney candidate Rick Reed, who finished fourth in the March 4 Democratic primary, said Monday that he supports former foe Mindy Montford in the April runoff.
During the run-up to the March 4 vote, Reed several times attacked the judgment of Montford’s runoff opponent– First Assistant District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg.
Lehmberg, who last week won the support of the race’s third-place finisher, Gary Cobb, has said she didn’t seek Reed’s support. Montford did and will announce his endorsement at a press conference today, she said.
Montford also said she has earned the endorsements of Travis County Sheriff Greg Hamilton and Austin Community College Trustee John Hernandez. Hamilton could not be immediately reached. Hernandez is scheduled to be at today’s press conference.
Reed said Montford is “more apt to consider new ideas and try new things.” Montford also might be more apt to hire Reed, who has worked as a prosecutor in Dallas and Travis counties for 21 years.
One for Lehmberg, one for Montford. Seems fair. I’m still rooting for Lehmberg, however.
Meanwhile, BOR makes an endorsement as well:
On April 8, Texas Democrats voting in the runoff election have an easy choice to make in the only statewide runoff race on the ballot for Texas Railroad Commission.
The clear choice in this race is Dale Henry (D-Lampasas).
Dale Henry is not only the candidate who is most qualified for this position, but the candidate who gives Democrats the best chance for unseating incumbent Michael L. Williams in November.
In case I haven’t made myself clear, I endorse Dale Henry as well. Mark Thompson seems like a nice enough guy, but he’s pretty clueless about this job, and we don’t need that. Dale Henry is far and away the better candidate, and I’ll be voting for him in the runoff. I’m guessing we’ll see turnout in the 200,000 – 250,000 range statewide for this runoff, so your vote here will make a difference. Let’s pick the right candidate and go into November with the best lineup we can get.