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Shapleigh not running for anything

It’s a shame, because I was really looking forward to being able to vote for him for something, but at least State Sen. Eliot Shapleigh will be an active participant in the 2010 election.

Shapleigh, 57, said he considered running for the governorship but changed his mind once Houston Mayor Bill White stepped into the race.


“Bill White is the best candidate in decades,” Shapleigh said. “He is proven. He is responsible. He will deal with the challenges of our times. He can win the election.”

Shapleigh, who has been a vocal critic of Gov. Rick Perry, continued his criticisms Monday as he called on voters to select new leadership.

The senator said he would go door-to-door, make campaign stops and write op-ed pieces to help White get elected.

“The best thing that I can do, that we all can do as a state, is to help him win this important office,” Shapleigh said.

Needless to say, I’m down with that. Given that we’ll have good choices for most of the statewide offices, and given that Shapleigh was never going to run for Comptroller or Land Commissioner, I can cope with his decision to sit this one out. But honestly, I wish he were running for re-election at this point. I wish him well in his return to private life, and I certainly hope that if he succeeds in helping elect Bill White Governor that there will be a prominent place for him in White’s administration. Thanks to the Trib for the link.

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