So far from God and so close to the United States

Dave Schiller, SAEN:

He's rich, powerful and generally seen as a nice guy whose star continues to shine despite his political mentor's plummeting popularity.

As Tony Garza seems poised to become one of the longest-serving ambassadors ever posted to Mexico and still sure-footed in one of the perennially difficult jobs in U.S. diplomacy circumstances prompt the question: What comes next for this South Texas son?

There long has been speculation that when Garza returns, he'll strongly consider making a run for governor, the U.S. Senate or some other elective office.

Few believe Garza isn't thinking about it, but during a recent interview, he wouldn't tip his hand.

"I enjoy what I'm doing at a time, when this relationship could not be more important," Garza said of the interaction between the U.S. and Mexican governments on border security, trade and immigration.


When people talk about those who might run for governor in 2010, Garza is mentioned in almost the same breath as U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison and Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, [Bill] Miller said.


Dan Kornfield, a Washington-based analyst for the Stratfor consulting firm, said Garza has done a good job.

"I think he's balanced it out, having an empathetic view on immigration while having a tough stance on counter-cartel activities.

"He is not a sort of neutral, uninteresting figure," Kornfield said. "He has managed to interact with businessmen and get to know society and they like him."

Can't be that easy to run for guv after 6 years living abroad, even if money can buy name ID.

Posted by Evan @ 06/09/07 02:11 PM


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