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Thursday, April 06, 2006

TX-22: Lampson Supports Special Election, Perry Doesn't

Posted by DavidNYC

Man, did I read this one wrong. So it turns out that Nick Lampson is in favor of a quickie special election (on May 13th), while Gov. Rick Perry opposes one.

In retrospect, this makes sense: Lampson has been building up name recognition and a big warchest. If a special election took place a month from now, any Republican opponents would be seriously lacking in both. By waiting until November, the GOP can rally around a single candidate and get him - whoever he is - up to cruising speed.

And of course, the answer is that there won't be a special, because Perry holds all the cards. He's under no legal obligation to call one - as I noted previously, it's entirely discretionary. In media-whore parlance, I've flip-flopped on the issue, but, in real life, I've simply admitted I was wrong. I now see the virtue of Lampson's position - not to mention the fact that TX-22 will have to go without representation for the better part of a year under Perry's plan.

Posted at 07:56 PM in 2006 Elections - House, Texas | Technorati

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Here that, no representation for 6 months for me. Until then you can ignore everything I say. ;)

Seriously, I'm still mad about the DeLay thugs from earlier today. Grr.

Posted by: trowaman [TypeKey Profile Page] at April 6, 2006 08:32 PM | Permalink | Edit Comment | Delete Comment

Trowaman, you mean you're not confident in the skills of Ron Paul to help you guys out until you get a representative? (ha, Ron doesn't even represent his own district well, and I hope Shane Sklar beats Ron Paul too.)

Lampson's line of attack on the special election was also pretty damned brilliant.

Also, I would hope that Lampson gets some sort of benefit in seniority when it comes to his 8 years of service. That would be effective too. If people are going to vote for the "I'll have influence" sort of thing.

Posted by: RBH [TypeKey Profile Page] at April 6, 2006 11:05 PM | Permalink | Edit Comment | Delete Comment

RBH, despite the fact that the border for TX-14 starts where my backyard ends, I do not think he can represent me that well.

That is, unless I oppose every single bill to come up between now and November. Then Dr. No might come through.

Posted by: trowaman [TypeKey Profile Page] at April 7, 2006 01:20 AM | Permalink | Edit Comment | Delete Comment

This is what's called in scientific terms a "natural experiment." Which is better for the citizens of TX-22: having Tom Delay as their representative or having no one at all? My money is on the empty chair.

Posted by: robitude [TypeKey Profile Page] at April 7, 2006 01:41 PM | Permalink | Edit Comment | Delete Comment

Can Rick Perry call a special election if DeLay hasn't actually resigned?

I bet he cannot.

Posted by: ellie717 [TypeKey Profile Page] at April 21, 2006 04:13 AM | Permalink | Edit Comment | Delete Comment