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Tue Feb 19, 2013, 04:57 PM

2014 Texas Governor's Race: Democratic Primary Preview

Who's On Deck for 2014?

State Representative Mike Villarreal:
Representing San Antonio in the Texas House since 1999, Mike Villarreal has gained a name for himself as a serious legislator with an appealing personality. After growing up in San Antonio, Villarreal went to Texas A&M and then Harvard's Kennedy School of Government and is now pursuing a PhD in public affairs at UT's LBJ School while teaching as an adjunct professor at St. Mary's University. He has spent the last three years focusing on education (a perfect issue to bring statewide) and budget transparency. Villarreal is young, a strong campaigner, and would certainly appeal to Texas's growing Hispanic voting population. The 123rd House District is safely Democratic, making Villarreal an even more appealing potential candidate for Texas Democrats.

Former Houston Mayor Bill White: The Democratic nominee for governor in 2010, Bill White has spent couple of years laying low in Houston while working in investments. White ran an impressive campaign all over Texas in 2010 that garnered national attention, and his loss is blamed in large part on the year's difficulty for Democrats nationwide. A poll released a few weeks ago by Public Policy Polling shows White leading Perry in a 2014 matchup, making a strong case for White's electability. White was a hugely successful mayor, and has a down-to-earth persona appealing to a broad swath of Texans. Earlier in 2010, White sought Kay Bailey Hutchison's Senate seat before she took back her promise to retire. So it's not impossible that White will seek Sen. John Cornyn's Senate seat in 2014. But no one knows what White will do yet - he hasn't said anything either way.

State Senator Kirk Watson: Austin's former mayor is a well-known, personable legislator who would appear to have the energy for a run at the governor's office. He ran for Attorney General in 2002, losing to Greg Abbott, but 2014 is a very different year. Watson might be able to capitalize on his ability to rev up Democrats, six years of experience in the Texas Senate, and plentiful ideas to make a serious run at the governor's office.

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TexasTowelie Feb 2013 OP
northoftheborder Feb 2013 #1
thevoiceofreason Feb 2013 #2
Gothmog Feb 2013 #3
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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Tue Feb 19, 2013, 05:17 PM

1. All would be excellent!!!!

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Tue Feb 19, 2013, 05:29 PM

2. No way Bill White is running. N/T

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Tue Feb 19, 2013, 07:08 PM

3. Kirk is a class mate of my in both law school and on the college debate team

I have known Kirk since he was a high school student at a debate workshop. Later he was on the same college debate squad and then he was a classmate at law school. Kirk is a great guy and would be a great governor.

Bill White ran away from President Obama in 2010 and refused to make any joint appearances with President Obama during the 2010 race. I have negotiated against Bill on a transaction when he was at Wedge and he is brilliant. Bill was a top litigator at one of the best litigation firms in the country where the rumor was that Bill was the brightest attorney at that firm. I like Bill but I did not like the way he ran away from President Obama in 2010. Bill had a well funded campaign and I have no doubt that he could raise some money.

I do not know anything about the third person.

Of the three, I would like to see Kirk be the nominee. However, if Greg Abbott beats Goodhair in the GOP primary, this would set up a repeat of the 2002 race for Attorney General where Greg beat Kirk. BTW, I practices law with Greg back in the 1980s at a large downtown Houston law firm.

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Response to Gothmog (Reply #3)

Wed Feb 20, 2013, 02:37 PM

4. Greg beat Watson in 2002 for AG

Corndog beat Ron for Senate in 2002. Abbott sucked as a lawyer, sucked as a District Court Judge in Houston, sucked on the Texas Supreme Court, and now has gone full suck as AG.

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