Kay Bailey Hutchison versus the World?
Gardner Selby's Statesman column is a whimsical look into the future; specifically, the 2010 gubernatorial race.
Selby floats the names of Tony Garza, current Ambassador to Mexico and former Railroad Commissioner, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, and the 800 pound gorilla Kay Bailey Hutchison on the REpublican side, and Bill White on the Democrat side.
This supposes Perry is re-elected, which looks probable. Ok, that might be an understatement.
Since it's late and I have to wake up for class tomorrow, I'll focus only on the names Selby mentions.
Kay Bailey Hutchison would be 67 in 2010. She'd be on the old side, but not too old. Her kids will be hitting their teens, if she wants to rear them in Austin. If she gets into the race, she'd be hard to beat. Of course, she may prefer to retire rather than have to deal with school finance, issue that continues to confound Texas governors.
Lieutenant Governor Dewhurst would probably rather be in the Senate [US, that is] anyway, so he'd probably be happy jumping into the Senate primary and with his wealth he might get the Senate nomination unopposed. Granted, Dewhurst has said he intends to run for governor in 2010, but I think he'd be happy enough headed to the Senate.
My guess is that Governor Perry will want to focus on making money and will retire from private life in 2010. He's never seemed to interested in going to Washington anyway.
Ambassador Garza presents an interesting case. He's married to the Corona heiress, so it's tough not to think that he's got the money if he needs it to run against Dewhurst. Or he might have a clear shot at the Lt. Gov seat. He'd be an attractive Latino face for the GOP to showcase as a rising star. His name ID is low right now. But money can buy name ID.
Who knows? Maybe we'll see a gubernatorial matchup between Kay and Carole. Or David and Kay, or any other wacky combinations.
Karl Rove has done a remarkable job in the past of helping funnel candidates into specific races and helping the Texas GOP avoid primaries. But given the strong GOP tilt in Texas and the deep Republican reservoir of talent, there is a lot of water waiting to come over the dam when it breaks.
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