Strayhorn to switch?

"Comptroller won't say if she's behind survey of support for party switch" reads the sub-headline to Wayne Slater's blockbuster on Strayhorn.

Some Texans have received calls from a polling company asking whether they would support Comptroller Carole Keeton Strayhorn for governor if she ran as an independent rather than as a Republican.

Gov. Rick Perry's campaign denies it is sponsoring the poll. Mrs. Strayhorn's campaign won't say.

"We don't discuss our polls," said Strayhorn spokesman Mark Sanders. "We are regularly in the field testing voter attitudes."

Mrs. Strayhorn has announced that she will challenge Mr. Perry in the March 7 GOP primary. Recent polls indicate she trails the incumbent more than 2-to-1.

In pursuit of the nomination, Mrs. Strayhorn has gotten a large number of campaign contributions from typically Democratic sources, such as trial lawyers.

She plans a fundraiser next week in Austin with a host committee that includes former Democratic Lt. Gov. Ben Barnes and Houston attorney Arthur Schecter, who served as U.S. ambassador to the Bahamas under President Bill Clinton.


According to a Strayhorn supporter from Houston, some backers have tried in recent weeks to encourage her to leave the GOP and run as an independent. One backer said she probably would lose a race against Mr. Perry in the GOP primary but would fare better as an independent on the November general election ballot.

As an independent, Mrs. Strayhorn would have to collect 45,000 signatures from registered voters who skipped the primaries to qualify for the ballot. Singer Kinky Friedman plans to try to get on the ballot as an independent.

It seems to me that if Strayhorn's campaign didn't do this poll, they would have at the very least indicated off the record to Slater that they weren't behind it. You wouldn't want to chance having a story like this come out if you could help it.

Wow. Imagine a Perry v. Bell/Gammage v. Strayhorn v. Friedman general election race. What a free-for-all, but one that is still pretty likely to be won by Perry, because he has the largest base.

Posted by Evan @ 12/08/05 06:39 AM


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This is more of the same from the Perrynistas. He knows he can't run on any issues. Goober

Posted by texxas redd @ 12/08/05 12:14 PM

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