Posts Tagged ‘Where’s Ricardo?’

NEWS FLASH: Ricardo Sanchez Drops Out of Senate Race

Friday, December 16th, 2011

“Leading Democratic U.S. senatorial candidate Ricardo Sanchez announced Friday that he’s ending his campaign to replace retiring Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison.”

I didn’t exactly predict it, but I did suggest it was a strong possibility:

Even before his house burned down, there was precious little evidence Sanchez was really interested in running for the Senate. His fundraising is abysmal, his media appearances are rare, his campaign stops even rarer (Ted Cruz and Glenn Addison do more campaigning in a day than Sanchez manages in a month), his social media footprint miniscule, and his buzz factor is non-existent.

Sanchez peaked when he announced for the race. Ever since then it’s been a long, painful slog, with his only reward the prospect of being slaughtered by Ted Cruz or David Dewhurst in the general election. Is there a serious non-partisan observer anywhere who looks at Sanchez’s dismal campaign and thinks he can win?

Evidently not.

So, Texas Democrats: Right now the only two candidates on your side who have filed are Sean Hubbard and Daniel Boone. Or a guy that doesn’t look old enough to drink, and a guy who’s been dead for 191 years. Hubbard’s been running longer, but Boone has a great name to campaign on.

Of course there’s still time for additional candidates to file by Monday. (And maybe declared-but-not-filed longshot candidates Stanley Garza and Virgil Bierschwale will jump in.) I would imagine that DSCC chair Patty Murray will be working the phones like mad this weekend to at least give some semblance of a real Texas Senate race. Unless Tommy Lee Jones changes his mind, I don’t see her having much luck.

Maybe Hubbard will actually start campaigning full-time. I got the impression that he was working his campaign hours around some sort of day job.

Actually, Democrats shouldn’t be too depressed over this turn of events. All political issues aside, Sanchez was simply a bad candidate who ran a lousy campaign. At least Hubbard acts like he actually wants to run.

Texas Senate Race Update for December 16, 2011

Friday, December 16th, 2011

A few quick updates for things too important to sit on over the weekend:

  • Blue Dot Blues brings word that a deal has been reached on dates for next year’s elections: Primary April 4, Runoff June 5.
  • Craig James takes a leave of absence from ESPN to mull a Senate run. That’s certainly a much stronger indication he’ll run than we’ve had before.
  • I was unaware until I read this Chronicle piece that James joined the Texas Public Policy Foundation (and seems to have done some events for them, though he does not seem to currently be on the board), which would indicate at least some familiarity with conservative policy issues. Of course, Ted Cruz used to work in TPPP’s Center for Tenth Amendment Studies.
  • Another longshot Republican candidate , “Dr. Joe” Agris, files for the race. Dr. Agris is evidently a plastic surgeon who has done some good works, many in association with late Houston broadcasting legend Marvin Zindler (who made use of Dr. Agris services on many an occasion). Dr. Agris is not entirely a political neophyte, having run in the general election for Texas House District 134 in 2008. He reportedly waged a low-effort campaign (or so says lefty Houston blog Off the Kuff), pulling in only 42% of the vote in a distract John McCain won. He’s evidently been contemplating this run at least since April.
  • Tom Leppert visits Corpus:

  • David Dewhurst bashes Obama:

  • Ted Cruz bashes Obama:

  • Cruz is also raising money via Twitter.
  • “Is it Ricardo?” “No, it’s just a boy.”
  • Texas Senate Race Update for December 15, 2011

    Thursday, December 15th, 2011

    The big news in the Senate race is a change to the filing deadlines:

  • According to Blue Dot Blues, “the new filing period for all candidates from precinct chair to U.S. President has been extended to 6:00 pm on Monday, December 19th.” Plus “once maps are finalized following the Supreme Court hearing in mid-January, there will be a new filing period for all primary ballot races.”
  • Heh. The truth about Craig James and those hookers.
  • Another non-fan at Fox Sports.
  • Ted Cruz appears on Coffee and Markets.
  • Tom Leppert was on KWEL today, but I can’t find a direct link to the show.
  • Lela Pittenger’s name now appears on the list of Republican candidates who have filed for the Senate race.
  • Facebook likes Ted Cruz’s use of Facebook. Feel free to go on Facebook and Like Facebook’s like of Ted Cruz using Facebook. (Hat tip: The Right Side of Austin.)
  • Where’s Ricardo Sanchez? But now he has a while longer to decide…
  • David Dewhurst racks up another pro-life endorsement. Honestly, I’d never heard of The Heidi Group before, but I’m not as tied into the pro-life movement as some.
  • Texas Senate Race Update for December 13, 2011

    Tuesday, December 13th, 2011

    The filing deadline for all races is coming up on Thursday. Beyond that, the biggest news is probably going on behind the scenes, as I suspect all three of the major candidates are raising money like mad in advance of the Q4 deadline, the last to be reported before the March primary.

  • Ted Cruz, David Dewhurst and Tom Leppert have all officially filed for election.
  • So have Glenn Addison, Curt Clever, Charles Holcomb (as mentioned yesterday), and one Ben Gambini of Winnie (about which The Google has precious little; he might as well be Chauncey Gardener).
  • Sean Hubbard says he’s filed, and his name showed up on the Texas Democrats’ website today.
  • Still no sign of Ricardo Sanchez’s name. Two days left…
  • Leppert picked up the endorsements of a number of former Dallas Cowboys, including Roger Staubach (who I mentioned previously as having donated to Leppert) and Troy Aikman. Again, all those play to his Dallas base, but Staubach and Aikman’s endorsements certainly won’t hurt him in the rest of the state.
  • Dewhurst calls on Eric Holder to resign.
  • Dewhurst stated that he was willing to debate once or twice. As Texas Iconoclast noted: “How magnanimous of his highness.”
  • Once you get beyond the condescending opening (“Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst enters the U.S. Senate campaign with considerable cash and name recognition, but a couple of Republican challengers are nipping at his heels”), this Houston Chronicle piece is a fairly accurate distillation of the consensus wisdom on the race.
  • Speaking of MSM outlets, Robert T. Garrett in The Dallas Morning News has an interesting bit on Dick Armey’s FreedomWorks setting up a phone bank for Cruz. Garrett has even toned down most of his usual smug condescension…
  • Sen Jim DeMint also appeared with Cruz at a Houston fundraiser on December 6.
  • Dewhurst spoke in Wichita Falls.
  • The Texas Restaurant Association endorses Dewhurst. That link also notes that:

    This endorsement follows other major Texas endorsements of Dewhurst’s candidacy in recent weeks, including the Texas Poultry Federation, three former presidents of the Texas Farm Bureau, BEEF-PAC, the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association Political Action Committee and the Texas Farm Bureau Friends of Agriculture Fund last week. David has also received endorsements from the Texas State Association of Fire Fighters, the Texas State Lodge of the Fraternal Order of Police, the Combined Law Enforcement Associations of Texas, the Texas Municipal Police Association and the Texas Department of Public Safety Officers Association PAC. Prior to those, he received endorsements Texas Right To Life PAC, pro-life leaders Kyleen Wright and Carol Everett, and the Texas Alliance for Life PAC.

    Dewhurst was always going to get the lion share of the business endorsements. The pro-life endorsements I’ve covered. The police and firefighter pickups won’t hurt.

  • Well, there’s one group that probably won’t be endorsing Craig James if he jumps in: Texas Tech boosters. But I don’t know where the silly “killed 5 hookers” meme started.
  • Robert Pratt at Empower Texas is not impressed with Tom Leppert’s pledge to “get things done” in Washington. I hardly qualify as a Leppert cheerleader, but I do think they make much ado about nothing for what is essentially a rhetorical flourish.
  • Where’s Ricardo? (Plus: A New Democratic Challenger Appears)

    Monday, December 12th, 2011

    There’s some news on the Democratic side of the Texas Senate race.

    First of all, the name of the DNC’s handpicked candidate, Ricardo Sanchez, does not appear on the list of candidates who have filed for the Texas Senate race.

    Well, the deadline is Thursday. No worries. Assuming he wants to run, there’s plenty of time for Sanchez to file for the race.

    But what if he doesn’t?

    After all, even before his house burned down, there was precious little evidence Sanchez was really interested in running for the Senate. His fundraising is abysmal, his media appearances are rare, his campaign stops even rarer (Ted Cruz and Glenn Addison do more campaigning in a day than Sanchez manages in a month), his social media footprint miniscule, and his buzz factor is non-existent.

    Other signs of the moribund nature of Sanchez’s campaign: DSCC chair Patty Murray drawing audible laughs when asked about Democratic chances in Texas. “After being initially hailed as a pick-up opportunity, Texas is off the radar for Democrats. DSCC executive director Guy Cecil suggested as much last month. Murray didn’t even mention Ricardo Sanchez’s name.”

    Sanchez peaked when he announced for the race. Ever since then it’s been a long, painful slog, with his only reward the prospect of being slaughtered by Ted Cruz or David Dewhurst in the general election. Is there a serious non-partisan observer anywhere who looks at Sanchez’s dismal campaign and thinks he can win?

    Is this how Sanchez pictured his retirement? He seems for all the world like someone just going through the motions.

    However, there is one Democratic candidate who has filed for the U.S. Senate race: Daniel Boone! I believe Texans will be favorably impressed with his trackin’ and bear-killin’ skills, and thus might be willing to overlook his Missouri residency and the fact the he’s been dead 191 years.

    Sadly for Democrats, the “rippin’est, roarin’est, fightin’est man the frontier ever knew” is not the one running, but rather a retired Air Force Lt. Colonel (which sets up a nice “flyboy vs. grunt” inter-service rivalry if Sanchez does run).

    He has a website and a Facebook page. His campaign platform is vague Democratic boilerplate.

    But a famous namesake isn’t enough to overcome Ricardo Sanchez, right?

    Think again.

    Remember Gene Kelly? The perennial office-seeker whose only notable attribute was the name of the famous dancing movie star? He won the 2000 Democratic primary runoff for this very Senate seat (then occupied by Kay Baily Hutchison) over former state legislator Charles Gandy with 58.43% of the vote.

    Want to guess what Kelly’s background was?

    Would you believe retired Air Force Colonel?

    It would be tempting to use the “history repeats itself, first as tragedy, then as farce” line, but here the first time was farce.

    If Sanchez declines the race, I would say that Boone automatically becomes the frontrunner. And so far Sanchez has run such a lackluster campaign that high name recognition (even misrecognition) might be enough to beat him…

    Texas Senate Race Roundup for November 16, 2011

    Wednesday, November 16th, 2011

    Another Senate race roundup

  • Ted Cruz appeared on The Great American Panel:

  • Cruz also appeared on KSKY radio in Dallas-Fort Worth.
  • He also appeared on the Janine Turner Show on 570 KLIF in Dallas.
  • If it seems like I put up a lot of Cruz media appearances, that’s because Cruz makes a lot of media appearances. I try to put up or link to any major state or national media appearance by any of the Texas senate race candidates. It just so happens that the Cruz campaign is very proactive in sending me links to them and making sure they appear on their blog. If the David Dewhurst and Tom Leppert campaigns were to do more appearances and send me the links, I would be putting those up as well.
  • I’d even put up more media appearances by Ricardo Sanchez…if he did more than one a month. And if his campaign bothered to put them up on his empty YouTube page.
  • Dewhurst makes an appearance in an NBC Nightly News Veteran’s Day piece that’s mainly about his father’s service in World War II:

  • And Tom Leppert appeared on Lubbock’s KFYO.
  • Speaking of Leppert, Matt Dowling remains unimpressed with Leppert’s conservative credentials.
  • Cruz named one of the 92 most influential lawyers in the country by Law360.
  • Not a bad roundup of the race from Kate Alexander of the Austin American-Statesman. And the Sanchez campaign must be cringing over this cruelly accurate line “Democrats are barely mounting a fight for the U.S. Senate seat, so the Republican nominee is pretty much a shoo-in.” (One quibble with one of the quoted sources: I don’t think Leppert can drop $20 million on advertising. His fundraising has been solid but not mind-boggling, and he’s rich, but not Dewhurst rich.)
  • Hotline on Call is similarly dismissive of Sanchez: “Ricardo Sanchez has proven to be a non-factor in Texas.”
  • Texas Senate Race Update for November 5, 2011

    Saturday, November 5th, 2011

    I suppose I should do these updates some day other than Friday night Saturday morning, since few people read them then or over the weekend, but it’s been a busy week…

  • Mario Loyola discusses Ted Cruz and his father Rafael as part of a longer story on the Cuban exile experience in America, the widespread Cuban opposition to the Batista regime, and how Castro betrayed the revolution to impose Communism. And he delivers such a complete and utter bitchslapping of The Dallas Morning News that I have to quote the last few paragraphs:

    Cubans here and there have had to endure the calamities of the Revolution alone. Conservatives in America reached out to us and supported us, and our parents found solace in their enmity to Communism. But they weren’t really with us either, because they had no idea how awful Fidel Castro really was. It simply isn’t within the comprehension of any American that someone could actually choose to be as evil as Castro. The sheer depravity of his crimes against the Cuban people helped to keep the depredations of his rule a secret hiding in plain sight, where only other Cubans could see them.

    It’s no surprise that liberal papers such as the Dallas Morning News now think they’re in some position to judge which families are truly exiles and which aren’t. It was liberal papers — particularly the New York Times — that originally built Castro up into an international hero and persisted in romanticizing him long after he offered Cuba’s young men to the Kremlin as a Third World army. It was liberal papers that blamed the U.S. embargo for the economic catastrophe into which Castro plunged Cuba. It was liberal newspapers that helped to occlude the unspeakable daily abuses of Castro’s regime beneath the fantasy of a romantic nationalist who was bravely willing to stand up to imperialism.

    “There is power,” the Dallas Morning News tells us, “in linking your past and your future to this unending struggle [against Fidel]. But because the fathers of both these men [Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio] migrated several years before the revolution, as is now clear, the link is at best a stretch. In the case of Cruz, the situation is even more complicated because his father originally supported Castro.” What utter nonsense. It would be offensive if the editors actually had any idea what they were talking about. No Cuban exile would for a second say that the Rubio and Cruz families were any less exile than anyone else. All of our families lost their homeland. That some were already here when it happened is irrelevant — nobody meant to forsake Cuba by coming here. We lost Cuba because Castro took it from us, from all of us, born and unborn, both here and back there.

    Among Cuban-Americans, having been an early supporter of Castro in no way diminishes your anti-Communist credentials. On the contrary, it is the typical story for almost every family. Virtually all of our families opposed the dictatorship of Batista. Virtually all of our families believed Castro’s rhetoric of democracy and liberty. The first thing everyone hated about him was his evident relish in betraying his most ardent supporters. That was the first of many very personal reasons he would give us to hate him, reasons that only we can really understand.

    What makes us exiles is not merely the fact that our families can’t go back to Cuba. It is that Castro wantonly ruined the land that our families grew up in, the land of our forefathers, and now that land exists only in the fading black-and-white pictures and memories of the happy childhoods of a generation that is dying now. Compared with that, what possible difference could it make that our grandparents arrived one year and not another? Senator Rubio didn’t know exactly what year his father first got here because it doesn’t matter.

    Still, I can’t say that I’m terribly surprised by the Dallas Morning News’s display of presumptuousness and ignorance. The editors are decent people, and if they knew even 5 percent of what I know about the Revolution and its exiles, I’m sure they would be deeply ashamed of what they’ve written. But they don’t and they never will — Castro has already seen to that.

    Read the whole thing.

  • Speaking of people that Mario Loyola just made look like petty, misinformed idiots, The Dallas Morning News‘s Robert T. Garrett (who we talked about last week) covers Cruz’s accusations of MSM outlets like The Dallas Morning News targeting conservative Hispanics. Tune in next week for Garrett reporting on Cruz’s complaints about Garrett’s reporting on Cruz’s complaints. Presumably from the inside of a mirror box.
  • The Ted Cruz campaign has challenged David Dewhurst to five one-on-one Lincoln-Douglas debates (and the King Street Patriots were quick to agree to host at least one). This is a smart way for Cruz to help break further away from Tom Leppert and Elizabeth Ames Jones, and turn the race into a two man contest between him and Dewhurst…which is why Dewhurst would be foolish to take Cruz up on the offer. And, indeed, he does not seem so inclined.
  • ABC News notices the hit pieces on conservative Hispanic politicians in this interview with Cruz:

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  • New Revolution Now emailed to say that Cruz won the straw poll at the Tuesday’s Texarkana senate forum. The total results were:
    • Ted Cruz: 54%
    • Glenn Addison: 21%
    • Lela Pittenger: 20%
    • Andrew Castanuela: 5%
    • David Dewhurst: <1%
  • Speaking of polls, this David Catanese Politico piece says that Dewhurst’s “internal poll” has Dewhurst at 50%, Leppert at 9%, and Cruz at 6%. I’m sure it does.
  • The Texas Tribune says “Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst is running a state version of a Rose Garden strategy.” As indeed he is.
  • Tom Leppert unveils a second TV ad.
  • I get the distinct impression that someone at D magazine doesn’t like Leppert. They also evidently don’t like using anything that’s actually funny in their “comedy.”
  • Report on the Clear Lake Tea Party Rally, where Herman Cain and Lela Pittenger spoke, along with Apostle Claver of Raging Elephants.
  • This page on possible Senate race takeover targets had the Texas race down at 21st (i.e., not bloody likely), and had this to say: “Ricardo Sanchez hasn’t made the impact the local Democrats hoped he would.” Indeed.
  • Evidently all tuckered out from his 18-minute interview October 23, Sanchez seems to have returned to hibernation this week.
  • Other than appearing in that poll and turning 55 on October 29, Elizabeth Ames Jones doesn’t seem to have been much more active than Sanchez. Hey, here’s an idea: They’re both from San Antonio. Why not meet each other for a weekly debate? Nothing else they’re doing seems to be attracting donations or attention, and both need to bone up on their public speaking skills…
  • Texas Senate Race Updates for October 19, 2011

    Wednesday, October 19th, 2011
  • Ted Cruz appeared on the Mike Berry radio show:

    Great line: “Where is it written that Republicans have to be spineless jellyfish?”

  • Cruz will also be (is?) appearing on the Mark Levin show at 7:30 PM.
  • According to an email from the New Revolution Now folks, Cruz won the straw poll for the Tyler candidate forum, with 39%, Glenn Addison came in second with 30%, Lela Pettinger took third with 18%, and Tom Leppert took fourth with 10% (which is, I think, an improvement from his previous straw poll performances). David Dewhurst, Elizabeth Ames Jones, and Ricardo Sanchez all polled less than 1%. And Jones was scheduled to be at the forum…
  • Leppert’s Q3 FEC report is up.
  • Addison raised $35,059 for the Q3 fundraising quarter. This brings his total fundraising up to $60,486, and he has $35,557 on hand. While that amount will not cause Dewhurst or Cruz to lose sleep, it’s still impressive for a longshot candidate. It’s also more than a third what ostensibly “serious” candidate Ricardo Sanchez raised this quarter, and Addison did it without (as far as I can tell) a professional campaign staff or professional fundraisers. If someone with Addison’s intelligence and drive were competing in the Democratic primary, Sanchez would be in serious trouble…
  • David Dewhurst has reorganized his Senate campaign staff. That’s seldom a sign of overwhelming confidence.
  • A minor Ft. Worth Star-Telegram piece on the Cruz-Dewhurst battle.
  • The Wall Street Journal does a piece on the Tom Leppert-occupy Wall Street story, clarifying that Washington Mutual, upon whose board Leppert sat, didn’t receive a bailout, but that J.P. Morgan Chase, which absorbed WaMu assets at a deep discount after WaMu melted down, did.
  • Pettinger is appearing at a campaign event with Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain on October 25. Though sponsored by the Clear Lake Tea Party, the even is actually in La Marque.
  • An Andrew Castanuela sighting in Lubbock.
  • Curt Cleaver…hasn’t update his Facebook or Twitter feeds since September 15, preventing me from completing the Republican Senate Candidate Longshot News Perfecta.
  • Still, that’s more recently than Ricardo Sanchez updated his news page.
  • Both Sanchez and Sean Hubbard (according to his Facebook page) will be speaking at the Dallas County Democratic Party’s Annual Fish Fry Friday, October 21. Strangely enough, however, Sanchez’s name is the only one on the flyer.
  • Sorry, absolutely no Stanley Garza news to be had. Believe me, I looked.
  • Finally, according to his Facebook and Twitter feeds, Glenn Addison became a grandfather today. Congratulations!
  • Whatever Ricardo Sanchez Was Doing in Q3, It Wasn’t Fundraising

    Wednesday, October 19th, 2011

    National Journal is reporting that Ricardo Sanchez raised a disasterous $83,000 in Q3. He also spent over $112,000 for the quarter and finished with $119,000 in the bank.

    Digging into his Q3 FEC report makes his quarter seem, if anything, even worse. I get a total of 108 individual donations for the period, or an average of only slightly more than one a day. You should be able to get more than that by having a guy with a sandwich board standing next to a campaign table down in Hemisfair Park. I count only $25,249.26 in out-of-state donations, which is pretty sad for the DNC’s hand-picked candidate. And only four of those were max donations; a serious Democratic candidate should be able to get twice that many just from a single luncheon with trial lawyers. And a Melanie Gray of Houston sent in $4,600, which is over the FEC $2,500 limit.

    Let’s look at some of his largest disbursements:

  • $51,625.30 to D.C.-based Hilltop Public Solutions for campaign management. As an outside observer, I have to ask: What campaign? Some of the principals seem to have worked on John Edwards 2004 Presidential campaign, which is not one I would chose for a model.
  • $27,265.19 to Taylor Collective Solutions, which I’ve mentioned before, for fundraising. Judging from the evidence, I don’t think he’s getting good value for his money.
  • $16,000 for “fundraising” to a Joe Livoti, who lists his position on LinkedIn as “Finance Director Gen. Ricardo Sanchez for Senate.” Oddly for a Texas senate candidate, Mr. Livoti works out of New York. Mr. Livoti does not seem to have been overly successful at his fundraising duties.
  • Lots of airfare and hotel charges; a puzzling amount, given how few public appearances he made during the period. Given how little he’s taking in, maybe he should consider driving rather than flying, at least for in-state fundraisers, and staying with supporters rather than sleeping in hotels.
  • $1,000 to Sparkpoint Strategies. From their website: “Sparkpoint is an online community mobilization tool that allows you to easily organize, inform and engage your supporters by offering them a private-branded platform to voice their opinions, stay informed and take immediate action to further your progressive cause.” Given that today the Sanchez campaign has 681 Facebook friends, 96 Twitter followers (for one tweet), and 9 followers for an empty YouTube page, his expenditures in the social media arena have not resulted in any notable gains in the social media venues we can actually track.
  • There are an awful lot of checks to First Bank San Antonio for “Merchant Services.” I get a total of $4,586.95. Unless his bank charges some steep credit card fees, it’s hard to figure out what those charges were for. Unless those were for cashier’s checks, in which case they’re probably not properly accounted for expenses under FEC rules.
  • So we have a candidate picked by the Democratic establishment, a campaign run out of D.C. and New York, that none the less doesn’t seem to be pulling in Democratic establishment money.

    Just what has the Ricardo Sanchez campaign been doing the last three months? (Besides scrubbing any mention of tax cuts from his campaign website.) He hasn’t been raising money. He hasn’t been making campaign appearances. He hasn’t been tweeting. He hasn’t been generating any notable buzz.

    All this is good news for whoever wins the Republican nomination, but if I were a Texas Democrat, I’d feel insulted. The DNC has foisted a Potemkin Candidate on you, one who shows no signs of being willing to run a serious, energetic campaign. More than ever, Sanchez looks vulnerable to a serious challenge from the left. But so far it doesn’t look like there’s a single Democrat in the state of Texas up to that challenge.

    Texas Senate Race Update for October 11, 2011

    Tuesday, October 11th, 2011
  • Ted Cruz got Lots of good press for his appearance at the Family Research Council’s Values Voter Summit:

  • Cruz also picked up the endorsements of over 115 leaders of the Texas Federation of Republican Women.
  • David Dewhurst puts in an apperance in Austin.
  • He also toured the Anheuser-Busch brewery in Houston. I’m not sure that Ye Olde Political Photo-Op is the best use of a candidate’s time in the 21st century.
  • Tom Leppert appeared at Grayson County Republicans’ Fall Roundup in Sherman, which strikes me as a better use of a candidate’s time in advance of a primary.
  • Elizabeth Ames Jones delivered the keynote address at the National Energy Services Association meeting in Bastrop. Which is probably good use of her time as Railroad Commissioner, but not effective at campaigning. With Cruz and Leppert campaigning full-time (and Dewhurst getting there), it’s hard to treat Jones as a serious candidate when she seems to put more effort into her day job, especially since she was already trailing so badly in buzz and fundraising.
  • There will be a Senate Candidate forum in Tarrant County Tuesday night starting 6:15 PM at the Richland Hills United Methodist Church at 7301 Glenview Drive, Richland Hills, 76180. Attending will be Cruz, Leppert, Jones, Glenn Addison, Andrew Castanuela, Curt Cleaver, and Lela Pittenger. Once again, Lt. Gov. Chupacabra will be nowhere to be seen.
  • And speaking of people avoiding the limelight, this week Ricardo Sanchez…did absolutely nothing. Nattional Journal says that his campaign has gotten of to “a slow start.” Actually, “slow” doesn’t really cover it. Try “glacial.” Is it really that hard to update your Facebook, Twitter and website on a regular basis?