Gov. Perry defeats Hutchison in Texas GOP primary
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) – Texas Gov. Rick Perry tapped into a rising wave of anti-Washington ire and rode it to an easy Republican primary win over Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, once seen as the candidate who could block his march toward four more years in the state’s highest office.
Perry emerged from the rancorous battle with Texas’ senior senator and a third candidate backed by some in the tea party movement to face a Democrat in many ways his polar opposite. Former Houston Mayor Bill White, a calm consensus-builder, easily defeated six opponents to win his party’s nomination.
Shortly after Hutchison called him to concede, Perry continued his non-stop attack on the nation’s capital, slamming Washington on spending, job losses and the heath care debate.
“Texas voters said no to Washington bureaucrats … and yes to leadership that controls spending, fights for individual freedoms and the United States Constitution,” Perry told cheering supporters at the famous Salt Lick barbecue restaurant in Driftwood, just outside Austin. “Hardworking Texans sent a simple, compelling message to Washington: Quit spending all the money!”
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Gov. Perry defeats Hutchison in Texas GOP primary
The people of Texas have spoken. Rick Perry is the winner in the Texas GOP primary, and that should send a bit of a chill down Kay Bailey Hutchison’s back. Now she has a good idea of exactly where she stands in the eyes of Texas voters.
Gov. Rick Perry
With nearly all precincts reporting, Perry had 51 percent to Hutchison’s 30 percent. He managed to avoid a runoff even though nearly one in five voters cast ballots for the third candidate – Debra Medina, a GOP party activist who has strong libertarian leanings and supporters in the tea party movement.
The LAME Stream Media, for some odd reason, seems to think that Debra Medina was the main candidate in this race. They appear to believe that Medina was the darling of The TEA Party too.
She was not.
Medina did have some support within the ranks of The TEA Party, something close to the 17 or 18% she received from ALL voters I am guessing. I won’t further denigrate Ms. Medina, she is a *done deal* and there’s no need to beat a dead horse, but the media, in true fashion, once again gets it wrong about Medina and The TEA Party.
Regarding Kay Bailey Hutchison, she is a LIAR of the 1st order.
AUSTIN — The Republican race for governor devolved into a schoolyard taunt of who should be the quitter Wednesday, after Kay Bailey Hutchison said that she would resign her Senate seat within four months to challenge Rick Perry full-time.
Her comments suggest that Hutchison has determined it will take an intense effort to wrest the Republican nomination from the politically astute Perry, already the longest-serving governor in state history. SOURCE from 2009
She did NOT resign her Senate seat. She has missed several votes in the Senate because she was here in Texas, running for Governor, and NOT doing the job we sent her to Washington to do.
If Sen. Hutchison had ANY scruples, she would have resigned that seat, thus allowing Gov. Perry to pick her replacement, then she would have been free to campaign while Texas had a FULL TIME Senator representing them in Washington.
Now we have to wait until she comes up for re-election in 2012 to retire her and place at least one REAL Conservative Texan in the Senate. We don’t have one that can be called a true, hard core, REAL Conservatives at this time. That too shall change!
Hutchison said she tried to remind voters that she always fought for Texas values in Congress, but admitted during an interview last week that Perry succeeded in sticking her with a Washington label.
Kay Bailey Hutchison wasn’t *stuck* with a Washington label by Rick Perry, not unless Perry, by telling the truth, and somehow labeled her. I had posted on several occasions all the reasons why Texas needed to keep Hutchison OUT of our Statehouse and retire her from the U.S. Senate.
I have this post up now, Hutchison: Perry’s tactics tough on her campaign, and it gives several great example of exactly why I feel that way.
Congratulations to Gov. Rick Perry on his resounding win last night and I am looking forward to working at making him the winner in our upcoming Gubernatorial race against Democrat Bill White of Houston.
I also want to congratulate Texas State Senator Bob Deuell on his HUGE victory in the Texas GOP primary. Sen. Deuell, a man of true character, easily won over challenger Sharon Russell.
Senate 2 — eastern Dallas, Hunt, Rockwall counties
Republican incumbent Bob Deuell of Greenville had a large lead over Rockwall’s Sharon Russell, a Tea Party-backed candidate.
Deuell won the seat from a Democrat in 2002 and is the chairman of the chamber’s Republican Caucus.
Russell attempted to paint him as too liberal. Deuell would face Democrat Kathleen Shaw of Cedar Hill in November.SOURCE
Here we go with the TEA Party references again, and as usual, the media gets it wrong.
Sharon Russell doesn’t live in Rockwall, she is a resident of Rowlett. That may not mean a lot to some folks, but to the people of Rowlett it means quite a lot. We like to get things RIGHT, and we are known for being Conservative and truthful. Unlike the media.
Sharon Russell wasn’t backed by the Rowlett TEA Party, I know that for a fact. The Rowlett TEA Party didn’t officially back ANY candidate. We, as individuals, had candidates that were supported, but the Rowlett TEA Party NEVER endorsed or backed anyone.
Ms. Russell tried her best to fragment the Rowlett TEA Party last year, to the point of founding her own TEA Party Group in HER zip code.
Why, you ask? Simply because the good folks of Rowlett knew her all too well and wouldn’t let her take over just because SHE SAID SO, or so I have been told. 😈
As I understand it, from information received from unnamed sources, she failed miserably in an effort to start a separate Rowlett TEA Party. Now she’s failed to unseat the best State Senator we could ever have.
Apparently her false accusations and smear tactics against Sen. Bob Deuell backfired on her and just didn’t get the job done! 😛