That's the National Republican Congressional Committee, there is no "Republican Congressional Campaign Commitee". Moritz is conflating the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee with the NRCC. In my experience, it is Democratic partisans who make that mistake.
Republican state Rep. Robert Talton of Pasadena, who was in the thick of several battles during the recent legislative session, has filed the paperwork necessary to raise money for the federal race. And on Thursday, former Houston City Councilwoman Shelley Sekula Gibbs, who briefly held the seat before losing to Lampson as a write-in candidate in 2006, formally launched her candidacy to win it back.
"Regaining that district hovers around the top of our list of priorities for 2008," said Ken Spain, a spokesman for the Republican Congressional Campaign Committee, which will not take sides in the GOP primary.
Yeah, angering Republicans across the state is always a great way to kickoff your campaign for Congress. Maybe he's running for Congess because Republicans and Democrats are both ready for him to leave Austin.
Talton, a firebrand conservative who has served in the state House since 1993, completed a high-profile legislative session in May that was marked by his uncanny ability to derail measures he opposed by finding technical flaws in bill language or in the procedure by which the bill had wended its way through the process.
And he allied himself with a solid bloc of Democrats and a handful of Republicans who unsuccessfully maneuvered to oust Republican Speaker Tom Craddick during the waning days of the 2007 session.
"I thought I had a pretty good session," Talton told the Houston Chronicle. "I'm not sure I can improve on that."
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