Texas. The place I called home for 6 years. A place that has been a Republican stronghold for decades and gave us 3 presidents; 1 great, 2….well…not so great (can you guess who the 2 are? I’ll give you a hint, both their names start with “G” and end in “eorge Bush”).
Texas has been in the news quite a bit recently. Whether it be Wendy Davis and her Mr. Smith Goes to Washington-style filibuster of anti-abortion legislation, or NPR’s desperate attempt to make it seem like Texas might vote blue by 2020 or sooner; Texas has been makin’ the rounds in the news lately, and this week was no different.
Governor Rick Perry, the longest serving governor in Texas history, decided this week that he will not seek re-election. This means Texas will have its first open Governor’s race since 2000. It also means we will likely get to see Rick Perry run for President again in 2016. Yay for more cringeworthy, hilarious debate quotes! Boo to another right-wing nutjob running for President, forcing electable candidates (Chris Christie, anyone?) to go further to the right in order to win in the primaries!
Remember this ad?
Do we really want this guy running again? Because based on his comments, “it’s certainly an option,” which is code for “I’m running in 2016.”
So who could possibly take over as the most powerful person in Texas (whose name isn’t J.J. Watt)? There are a number of Democrats on the rise in Texas, to go along with the changing demographics in many of the larger populated areas of the state. The big names?
State Senator Wendy Davis most recently came onto the scene with her already noted filibuster and stating that she may seek higher office. She’s got the support of eerily similar looking and hopefully TV Movie portrayer actress Connie Britton of Friday Night Lights fame.
Britton supported Davis in her fight against anti-abortion legislation with the campaign “WWTTD” or “What Would Tami Taylor Do,” in reference to her awesome character’s reaction to a student that comes to her needing advice on abortion.
Houston became the biggest US city to have an openly gay Mayor after they elected Annise Parker (no relation to my co-writer), and she has done a marvelous job. Many have been speculating a future Governor or Senate run since she was elected in 2009.
She’s done a fabulous job making Houston’s awful climate (hot and sticky), horrible public transportation system (but great highways), and overall southernness into Forbes’ 2012 “Coolest City” as well as a bunch of other accolades. I’d like to credit some of the Houston growth to the more recent success of their local sports teams (minus the Astros), but really, it’s been more Mayor Parker than Arian Foster.
Two other possible Democratic candidates are San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro and his twin brother, Congressman Joaquin Castro (not to be confused with these two Castros). You may remember them; Joaquin introduced Julian as the keynote speaker at the DNC last year. He gave quite the speech. Not only did he do the job of the keynote speaker by hitting Romney pretty hard, but he also came off as incredibly intelligent and likable. Clearly the Democrats had found someone they think can give them Texas in the near future.
But what are their actual chances against a Republican in Texas? Honestly, not good. At least not yet. One of these people will probably jump in the race next year for either Rick Perry’s seat or they will challenge Kay Bailey-Hutchinson’s senate seat. Barring any major screw-ups and rape comments Republicans tend to make, I’d say any of the Democrats lose at this point in time.
However, I think when the next Governor’s race rolls around in 2018 you’ll see one of these 4 in the office in Austin, thus finally breaking the cycle of 20+ years of only Republicans holding state-wide office in Texas.
But until then, we’ll just have to settle for a little more Rick Perry.