US Senate Race in Texas : 13 Weeks to Primary

Texasdemsenate

Senator John Cornyn is up for reelection in 2008 and, as some of you
know, in 2006 we found a candidate we really liked in Barbara Ann
Radnofsky
. Unfortunately, Senator KB Hutchison was able to hold her
seat in that race (at least until she vacates it to run for Governor in
2010) and we were left with the bittersweet results of a Barbara Ann
defeat, but a Democratic takeover in the House and good headway in the
Senate. (FYI, BAR will not seek Cornyn’s seat now, nor Hutchison’s seat
later, but will instead run for Texas Attorney General in 2010.)

As the primaries draw near, Democrats will choose between Lt.
Col. Rick Noriega (current member of the Texas House of
Representatives) and a Corpus Christi teacher named Ray McMurrey. I’m
looking forward to hearing more from both of them – McMurrey is coming
to Coppell in January at the beginning of his two-month leave of
absence in order to campaign statewide; Noriega’s campaign site
currently shows no upcoming events.

Their biographies are available here:
Ray McMurrey’s Bio : http://mcmurreyforussenate.com/Biography/tabid/430/Default.aspx
Rick Noriega’s Bio : http://www.ricknoriega.com/about/

Hopefully,
one of the local Dem groups will host a candidate’s forum before the
March 4th primary and here are just a few of the many questions that I
would like to have answered before deciding who to vote for:

Noriega:

– We’ve seen the negative results that
collusion between corporations and government has on the American
people and on our land. Should it concern us that as a staffer in the
Texas Senate you joined CenterPoint Energy’s Governmental Affairs
department and that you are still employed by that company today?

– If he says something to the effect of recusing himself from
all votes related to his company, then I will probably say, "Exactly.
We need to be sure that we are electing someone who is voting in the
interests of the people at all times, and when it comes to energy
policy we will always be losing a vote as long as you have to sit it
out. If you are elected to the US Senate will you resign your position
with CenterPoint?"

– An article in an Abilene newspaper reports that you have
accepted campaign contributions from Bob Perry, one of the funders of
the Swift Boat ads in 2004. Is this true? If so, how much were the
contributions and have you accepted money from him during this
campaign?

McMurrey:

– Your web site states that you will, "Lower
interest rates on college loans and make it easier for more students
afford Higher Education." Besides lowering interest rates on loans,
what steps will you take to make college costs lower so that those
loans are either smaller or unnecessary to begin with?

The Platform page on McMurrey’s site and the history provided
by Noriega’s bio are satisfying as far as I’m concerned and have
already answered many of the questions that I would have for both of
them. As of right now, I feel like we have two excellent candidates to
choose between.

Decision : 50/50 split, not leaning either way.

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