February 14, 2008

AusChron endorsements

Disappointment and joy, all mixed into one noxious cocktail. Think a manhattan made with cheap bourbon.

US Senate - Rep. Noriega
353rd Judicial District - Scott Ozmun
District Attorney - Rosemary Lehmberg
Railroad Commissioner - Dale Henry

We couldn't agree more with these. However, it was the dual endorsements that began to show a trend toward the weak.

CD10 - Dan Grant and Larry Joe Doherty

They seem to like Dan and clearly found him to be more knowledgeable on the issues he'll face in Congress. However, they are buying to the hokey idea that Doherty's 'AwShucks' good ole boy manner will win votes and will charm what they perceive to be bunch of yokels in Houston metro and the mid-counties. Despite the fact that Dan is clearly doing well (at least in terms of endorsements) in Houston. And those people are anything but yokels.

TAC - Glen Maxey and Nelda Spears

Oh. Come. On. The TAC from Travis County has been MIA almost as much as Dawnna Dukes (who we'll get to in a moment). Glen is clearly the stronger candidate and a large part of the reason Travis County has a what they call a 94% voter registration rate.

Not to mention their absolute lack of an endorsement of Judge Coronado who is clearly more qualified than his opponent. However, this pales in comparison to their endorsement of Dawnna Dukes for HD 46. There, they spend an inordinate amount of time chastising Thompson for criticizing Dukes' very bad votes including the one that led to many of the bad acts she was supposedly trying to stop, her vote to continue the corrupt Speakership of Tom Craddick. Without that vote, she wouldn't have needed to be such a "strong advocate of crucial social programs on the budget committee". Frankly, I think she could have done absolutely nothing and achieved the same effect. Everyone knows it was the rest of the caucus, NOT DUKES, who did the truly heavy lifting with the help of some Republican allies.

While completely ignoring her absenteeism at critical times, they do chastise her for 'taking her constituents for granted'. What they fail to do is even take her to task for possibly profiting from legislation she helped to pass that also happened to benefit the film community. The same film community that helps make the Chronicle publisher Black's year during the SouthBySouthwest Festival.

It should be noted that Thompson yesterday received the endorsement of the powerful League of Conservation Voters endorsement. Glad to see someone still putting thought into endorsements.

UPDATE - This afternoon I was informed that Black was not involved in the decision to endorse Dukes. I apologize for the error but not for criticizing what was a tone-deaf endorsement.

Posted by mcblogger at February 14, 2008 12:56 AM

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The Chronic staff was probably impressed by Barrera's story of digging up that big rock on the Little League field. Hey guys, it wasn't THAT KIND of rock!

Posted by: Mayor McSleaze [TypeKey Profile Page] at February 14, 2008 07:30 AM

Hi, Lee Nichols of the Chronicle here. As the primary author of the CD 10 endorsement, I want to say that I do NOT regard the folks in the mid-counties as "yokels." I grew up in a rural town myself – Rockdale, which is barely outside CD 10 up in Milam County. But after spending the first half of my life there and the second half in Austin, I do have a pretty good feel for the differences between Austin and small-town Texas. Politics, when you come right down to it, is about whether you feel comfortable with a candidate. I know how rural folks react to one of their own, and I know how they feel about Austin. (I'm generalizing, of course – there are also plenty of rural people who love the Austin vibe but can't or don't want to live here.)

I know the Democrats here are all completely sold on Grant, some to the point of vilifying Doherty, and that mystifies me. Sorry if you think it makes me "weak," but I think they are both fantastic candidates and I don't think I'll be able to make up my mind until I actually walk into the booth and press the button.

Posted by: Lee Nichols [TypeKey Profile Page] at February 14, 2008 03:26 PM

Not 'you', your endorsement. I wanted you to fall on one side or the other, frankly.

Posted by: mcblogger [TypeKey Profile Page] at February 15, 2008 11:15 AM

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