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Après DeLay, Le Déluge


I've been hearing plenty of good things about the Libertarian Party candidate in Texas-22, the district held (by judge's orders) by Rep. Tom DeLay. If they're true, Bob Smither will wrack up some Republican endorsements this week from party stalwarts who don't think a Republican can win the seat. Why can't a Republican win a snug, gerrymandered seat like this? Because no Republican besides DeLay will appear on the ballot, and local party leaders can't agree on a candidate to carry their standard as a write-in.

Challenging [Sugar Land Mayor David] Wallace for the party designation are Dr. Shelley Sekula-Gibbs, 53, a dermatologist and a Houston City Council member, and Tim Turner, a Houston businessman. The Harris County tax assessor and collector, Paul Bettencourt, 47, said he was also willing to be considered but is restricted from campaigning because of his high state office, which he would have to resign to run.

It's going to be hard for any Republican to win here if the vote is split: Around 157,000 votes were cast in the last midterm election, 56,000 of them for a weak Democratic candidate. And Democrats have gotten stronger in the district—2004 candidate Richard Morrison got 112,000 votes, and 2006 candidate Nick Lampson has raised as much money—over $3 million—as Tom DeLay ever raised for a campaign. The GOP's best shot of beating Lampson might be to file behind the Libertarian candidate, who promises to vote with Ron Paul for Republican leadership in Congress.

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  1. FYI, it’s apr?s not apre. Silly French with their silent trailing consonants.

  2. …wrack up…

    I think you mean “rack up.” Wrack generally refers to the destruction of something.

  3. Apres with an ` on the e – the server mangled the accent.

  4. For this to work, perhaps Shane Cory should call up RNC chief Ken Mehlman, propose they meet in Texas with Mr. Smithers and the heads of each county GOP in the district. Mehlman has worked for two Texas congressmen so he probably has some cred in Texas. Hammer out a deal that has Smithers voting in GOP caucus, while retaining his Libertarian designation. Hell, would the GOP rather lose the seat or deal with a Ron Paul #2?

  5. “Hell, would the GOP rather lose the seat or deal with a Ron Paul #2?”

    Based on the fact that the main parties have a tacit agreement to refuse to even acknowledge the existence of third parties, I suspect the answer is that they would rather lose the seat.

  6. Smither, eh? Excellent.

  7. Yeah, but if he’s just going to vote with the Republicans, then what’s the point?

  8. If he votes like Ron Paul, he will not be voting with the Republicans on many votes. Ron Paul is a non-interventionist. He was the only Republican in Congress to oppose supporting Israel in their recent war.

  9. It’s a shame Bettencourt can’t really campaign. He’d be an awesome representative.

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