Strayhorn challenges Perry to debates

Odessas American -- Bill Modisett:

Texas Comptroller Carole Keeton Strayhorn challenged Gov. Rick Perry on Wednesday to debate the issues in the governor's race in the Permian Basin.

"I want to debate the issues with him anytime, anywhere, anyplace, and I think the Permian Basin would be as good a place as any," she said.

Strayhorn stopped at Midland International Airport Wednesday to announce she is seeking the governorís office as an Independent. She was elected to the comptroller's office as a Republican.

Charging Perry has fractured the state politically, Strayhorn said, "He has made the politics of division worse in Austin, not better." She also asserted he has failed to provide leadership on such vital topics as school finance.

Strayhorn said the Texas Legislature has met nine times in five years without resolving the school finance problem.

"The Legislature is going to meet for the 10th time in five years this year, and we still don't have a school-finance plan. He's the reason there is no school-finance plan," she said. "Instead of fixing our problems, we see that our school funding is in crisis, property taxes are up and judges are having to do our governor's job."
Strayhorn said it makes sense to run as an Independent.

"I am a Republican, but I know we must set partisan politics aside and do whatís right for Texas," she said. "That is why I am running for governor as an Independent. We can't wait any longer."

I can't imagine that Gov. Perry is going to have a debate with anyone who isn't yet on the ballot.

Posted by Evan @ 01/05/06 03:42 PM


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