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sonias Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-29-11 01:17 PM
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I've started to notice that there are many republican elected officials deciding not to run for re-election in Texas. I don't mean people switching seats or running for a higher office necessarily. My opinion is that they created a huge mess with the budget fiasco and that Perry's national run is exposing all the cracks in their plan. They can not stand the scrutiny. So they're running away basically.

Here's 4 just from the last couple of weeks.

Texas Tribune 9/29/11

Hartnett Confirms He Won't Seek Reelection

State Rep. Will Hartnett, R-Dallas, said this afternoon that he won't seek another term in the Texas House. The lawmaker, who's in his 11th term, has been either a chairman or a vice chairman in nine of those, and says he's ready to spend more time with his family. He noted that he was the only member who voted in 2001 against passage of the bill that provides in-state college tuition for illegal immigrants.

Texas Tribune 9/26/11
Harris Won't Run Again; Vandergriff's In

State Sen. Chris Harris, R-Arlington, won't seek another term in the Texas Legislature, he said Monday, and he encouraged Victor Vandergriff son of the former Arlington mayor, congressman and Tarrant County Judge Tom Vandergriff to get into the race.

Less than two hours later, Vandergriff announced that he intends to run for the seat.

Texas Tribune 9/20/11
Ogden Won't Seek Another Term

The Texas Senate's chief budget writer Sen. Steve Ogden, R-Bryan won't seek re-election, he announced this morning.

The prospect has been in the wind for several weeks. Ogden said during the summer that he wouldn't announce his plans until this month, but has been talking like a guy at the end of his tenure for a while.

It took a weird bounce to get Ogden, who chairs the Senate Finance Committee and served as president pro tempore during the legislative session that just ended, back for another session. He announced plans not to seek another term before the 2010 election cycle, then changed his mind when state Rep. Dan Gattis, R-Georgetown, decided not to run in his place.

Texas Tribune 9/19/11
Florence Shapiro Won't Run Again

After two decades in the Texas Senate, Plano Republican Florence Shapiro said this afternoon that she won't seek re-election.

"I'm just ready for a new challenge," she said in an interview. Shapiro, 63, has been in public office at the city or state level since 1979. "I have an old friend a former mayor of Fort Worth who always asks me, 'When are you going to grow up?' I guess I'm ready to grow up." She said she's in final negotiations for a job with an education company; she won't name the firm but said she won't be working on its Texas business.

Chickens... running away from the kitchen once they set it on fire.. :puke:
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