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Garry Brown

We now have at least two officially declared Democratic candidates for Governor.

Garry Brown

On a beautiful Sunday afternoon, Garry Brown of Austin announced his candidacy for the Democratic nomination for governor in 2018.

It was a simple affair on Brown’s front lawn in Milwood. A podium. About 30 folding chairs and as many people.


Brown called for better funding education, Medicaid expansion and preserving local control.

Of Abbott, he said, “He dislikes Big Government when it involves the Fed, but he himself practices it eery day. And now he’s begging the Feds to send us money for the Harvey recovery work. This isn’t just irony, folks, it’s hypocritical bullcrap.”

“I didn’t make the decision to run for governor lightly,” Brown said.

Brown said he will keep his day job, that he can’t afford not to. He is a renter and he is also supporting his mother, sister and nephew.

“I moved them all in with me to take care of them,” he said.

Then he offered what I thought was his most arresting image.

“Texas GOP leaders have been in power so long they believe we all have Stockholm Syndrome.”

Brown’s webpage is here and his Facebook page is here. There’s more about him in the story, so read the whole thing. Brown joins Jeffrey Payne, and they may or may not be joined by Andrew White and Michael Sorrell. I’ve not seen an official announcement from Tom Wakely, but he is campaigning, so he’s in as well. He’s also now being accompanied by a gentleman from Beaumont named Michael Cooper who is running for Lite Guv and who Wakley calls his running mate. Looks like we’ll have a contested primary in that race, too. As for Governor, I’ll say again, I look forward to hearing what everyone has to say. There’s plenty of time to decide who to support.

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  1. PDiddie says:

    Tom Wakely’s campaign kickoff was October 14 in Blanco. Widely reported.

  2. I know you don’t believe me, but I don’t actually read the entire Internet every day. Sometimes I miss stuff. Feel free to call my editor and demand that they dock my pay for it.

    BTW, I knew about Brown’s announcement because he posted it all over Facebook. I knew about Payne’s because his campaign sent me a press release, and because several people I follow posted it on Facebook. Heck, Scott Milder, the Republican running against Dan Patrick, sent me a press release. Just saying.

  3. Robbie Westmoreland says:

    Charles Kuffner’s lack of omniscience can only be explained as part of the greater establishment conspiracy to silence the voices of social democrats. You are a running dog lackey of the corporatist neoliberal elites, Charles.

  4. PDiddie says:

    You’re both as weak as rainwater when it comes to snark.