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patrioticliberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 12:38 PM
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In TX-23, Bonilla Gets Strong Challenger
In TX-23, Bonilla Gets Strong Challenger
According to CQ Politics, former Rep. Ciro Rodriguez (D-TX), who lost a close primary to Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-TX) in Texas 28th congressional district earlier this year, will challenge Rep. Henry Bonilla (R-TX) in the 23rd district.

The reason? "The new congressional map for Texas 23rd District, invoked Aug. 4 by a federal court panel in response to a June 28 Supreme Court ruling, added thousands of members of south Texas Democratic-leaning Hispanic population to the voting constituency of Republican Rep. Henry Bonilla -- making him potentially more vulnerable to a serious Democratic challenge."

As a result, CQ changed its rating on the race from Safe Republican to Republican Favored.

The San Antonio Express quotes Rodriguez: "We've been looking at the data, and it's doable," Rodriguez said. "It's not going to be easy, but it's doable."

http://politicalwire.com/archives/2006/08/10/in_tx23_bo...
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napi21 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 12:42 PM
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1. Well, GOOD LUCK to Rodriguez!
San Antonio deserves a good replacement for Henry!!!!
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salib Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 12:47 PM
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2. This one is very difficult for local Dems
Remember that the five rewritten districts had their primaries "nullified", meaning that those who one the repug and Dem primaries no longer have any official party candidate standing. Thus, the candidates who was courageous enough to stand up and run against the "entrenched incumbent" repugs in 23 and and 21, and WON the primary, now are not the Dem candidate per se.

This is particularly difficult for Rick Bolanos (http://www.rickbolanosfortexas.com /) in this district (23). Now that the district is more competitive, and since Ciro unfortunately lost to Henry Cuellar, candidates are entering this district and potentially undermining Rick. Of course, it could be argued that it is "fair game" and there is no separate primary, and I agree. It is just a shame. The Democratic Party is going to have a tough time getting behind a specific candidate.

No answer here. Just thought people would want some context.
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n2doc Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 12:52 PM
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3. Hopefully they can unite and kick Bonilla out
He is as bad a DINO as they get in the house...
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NoPasaran Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 01:03 PM
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4. Unity would be great but....
San Antonio politics is kind of like Yugoslavia without the mass graves.
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salib Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 01:05 PM
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6. Are you sure about the mass graves ;-)
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NoPasaran Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 02:30 PM
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7. I try to be optimistic
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salib Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 01:04 PM
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5. Henry Bonilla is a repug, not just a DINO
You may be confusing min with Henry Cuellar. Lot's of Henrys down here!

Yes, I think Cuellar is at best a DINO.

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