In a surprise move on Saturday, the Houston GLBTQ Caucus chose to endorse Andrew White for Governor in the Democratic Primary.
Could it be that the Democratic Party is starting to recognize that they need to be more open to diversity? Of course, not everyone was thrilled with the choice.
I think it is a very interesting choice and comes at a time when Texas voters might be making that shift that away from the Republican Party that we’ve heard about for years. And at a time when the Republican Party of Texas is seeking to purify the ranks and #shrinktheRPT.
As for Mr. Orozco’s disappointment, perhaps the reasons that the Dallas Morning News endorsed Mr. White will help:
We had high hopes for former Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez, the only candidate who’s held elective office, having been elected in 2004 and re-elected four times since, and someone we’ve supported locally at various times. We were disappointed by her gross unfamiliarity with state issues, however, particularly an almost incoherent attempt to discuss state financing.
At one point, Valdez, 70, volunteered that she didn’t know whether the state was spending $8 million or $8 billion on border control. (It’s closer $800 million.) On college tuition, she first suggested the Legislature “and stakeholders” should set tuition rates, but then contradicted herself, and she later said the state should move to reduce local property tax rates, apparently unaware of those set by local jurisdictions.
I’m looking forward to meeting Mr. White someday. Hey, since I’m no longer a Republican Party precinct chair, I’m a free agent!
Wendy Davis back in the news – Her comments about Andrew White shows how far the party has veered away from Bill Clinton