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PDittie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 10:49 PM
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David Murff, Democrat for the 7th Texas Congressional District
Edited on Wed Sep-28-05 10:52 PM by PDittie
I spent a few minutes earlier this week with David L. Murff, who will challenge DeLay lickspittle John Culberson for the right to represent the 7th Congressional District in Washington.

Murff is a family and criminal law attorney in private practice; he served in the U.S. Army (2nd Armored Division, 1st Brigade, Fort Hood). Hes a graduate of Western Kentucky University and the South Texas College of Law, a member of the Houston Bar Association and the Texas Center for Legal Ethics and Professionalism, and has routinely donated his time as an attorney ad litem to Childrens Friend in Court, a non-profit organization providing legal service to indigent children.

My transcript of our conversation follows.


Q. Why are you running for Congress?

A. As simply as I can put it, I find myself perplexed by the partisan agenda of the people currently in office, and Im concerned about the direction our country is headed while that narrow agenda is being served.

With all of the challenges we face, in every direction I look -- from the enormous budget deficits to healthcare to energy concerns to homeland security and on and on what I see is nothing but partisan conservative platitudes, which seem to be just disconnected from the concerns of the average American.

Q. What about Congressman Culberson? Any specific differences of opinion with him?

A. Sure, absolutely. In many ways John Culberson is actually worse than Tom DeLay, if you can believe it, and his statement today in response to DeLays indictment is an example of what Im talking about relative to partisan politics overriding everything else. I wouldve thought that John Culberson would try to distance himself from this growing scandal, or at least be mum about it, but instead he chose to attack (Travis Co. district attorney) Ronnie Earle, whose record clearly shows hes gone after corrupt politicians regardless of party affiliation.

Regarding the DeLay matter, it will probably drag well into the 2006 election cycle, and frankly Im not excited about the Democratic Party potentially being the beneficiary of the Republicans misfortune. Im tired of the Republicans portraying Democrats a certain way, and the truth is that the party in power needs to clean up their house and start serving the people instead of the corporations, and maybe this will give them the incentive to do so. If they dont, or wont, then thats a good enough distinction between us to give voters a clear choice.

Culberson voted to relax the ethics rules that enabled DeLay to continue as majority leader up to now, and he also voted for the 11th-hour Medicare provision before he got enough political cover to vote against it. Hes also expressed the opinion that the judicial branch is supposed to serve the will of the President and Congress; that judges should just rubberstamp the laws passed by Congress and signed by the President. As I hear that, it sounds like hes against an independent judiciary. Thats truly alarming.

I think it would be a good thing if the people of the 7th District had a congressman who actually listens to them, who gets to know them, who understands their concerns and who will look out for them, as opposed to blindly following the instructions of the Republican leadership.

Q. What issue(s) do you feel most concerned about?

A. I think were squandering a tremendous opportunity from a national perspective, and a tremendous resource right here in Houston -- namely the brilliant minds of the Texas Medical Center -- by blocking stem cell research. Thats got to change.

I think we need to get serious about alternative fuels in this country, and I think theres a lot we can do regarding biofuels.

Q. You served in the Army. What should we do now regarding Iraq?

A. You know, our soldiers didnt deserve what they walked into over there. From everything that was known at the time, I wouldve probably voted to authorize the use of force, but the lack of an exit strategy going in is simply the best reason why its now time to get our boys and girls back home. And if Iraq then degenerates into civil war, then it may take a true national coalition, one built on real alliances, to restore order.

This administration just may not be capable of doing any of that, unless we the people can send them a strong enough message in 2006.


Murff will have a website up shortly; .

Hes available to speak to clubs and groups throughout the district. Contact his office at 281-335-4777 or .
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existentialist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 10:57 PM
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1. Please remind us
here at DU when the campaign gets hot and heavy and some of us might be able to find a little to donate to political candidates that we select ourselves on the basis of what information we can find here and elsewhere.

So far, based on your post alone, he has made a favorable impression on me.
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PDittie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 11:41 PM
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2. Can do
and thanks.
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CitySky Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-29-05 11:09 AM
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3. cool!
Thanks for the report.
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sonias Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-29-05 11:56 AM
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4. I like him!
Thanks PDittie for the report!

Make sure to tell his campaign he has to put himself up on

So this is the same race on Quan is running for too.

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CitySky Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-29-05 12:48 PM
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5. Is Quan running????
"We" have been wishing he would, but I must have missed the announcement, if it happened! So, link, anybody?

All due respect to Murff, I am a big fan of Quan. If Quan runs I will throw all of my support behind him. He's known & respected, having proven his abilities to work with all kinds and do what's best for communities on the Houston City Council.
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merci_me Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-29-05 01:11 PM
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6. me too!! n/t
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PDittie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-29-05 01:12 PM
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7. Quan is still dithering
and I don't know why. :shrug:

I've heard dozens of people ask Gordon to run. Literally ask him, with my own ears. He smiles and dodges. I've heard lots of discouraging words about why "a Democrat" wouldn't run in the 7th; the district is more Republican than Texas as a whole. 66% for JC in 2004 vs. 61% for Bush, which means that something on the order of 5% of the voters picked John Kerry -- or someone besides * -- and then voted for Culberson.

Go figure that.

So it's uphill for sure, but not insurmountable. Whether Quan gets in or not, I feel like promoting the guy who's made the decision to run. :patriot:
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CitySky Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-29-05 03:21 PM
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8. bien sur!
Agreed -- I appreciate that Murff has the guts to step forward and take this on. Appreciated Culberson's opponent Martinez for the same thing last year, though his campaign didn't really get too far off the ground. Martinez was an all-around decent type of guy, to boot.
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