At a news conference on the front lawn of a campaign headquarters she calls Grandma’s House, Strayhorn said she intends to file suit sometime this week in state District Court to have Williams’ ruling struck down. When asked if she might be wasting the court’s time, Strayhorn said it was Williams who is cluttering the docket.
“I’m not tying up the court. It’s the secretary of state who incorrectly interpreted the law,” Strayhorn said. “Grandma is a not a slogan. Grandma is who I am.”
Strayhorn – who last appeared on the ballot in 2002 with the name Rylander, before she married Ed Strayhorn – took issue with a TV reporter who did an informal poll before the news conference and found that many people on the street did not know Strayhorn as Grandma. It would be unfair, Strayhorn said, if the multitudes on the campaign stump who do refer to her by the endearment were unable to look for that name on the ballot.
She insisted, however, that she could still win election without it.
I’m not going to waste too much time on what an embarrassing spectacle this has become. Vince has done most of the heavy lifting, while South Texas Chisme chimes in as well. From a practical perspective, I have to wonder if the litigation process could even be resolved in time for the various county clerks to start printing ballots, assuming that Strayhorn could find a judge to grant her a TRO against Williams in the first place. Of course, from a “there’s no such thing as bad publicity” perspective, which I daresay has been the driver of this silliness all along, it would be just fine with Strayhorn if she gets one more chance to play the victim card. It’s so much easier than actually campaigning, after all.