Back before Thanksgiving I said Texas gubernatorial race is like musical chairs. Well, here’s the second (or third or fourth) verse. It’s the same as the first. On November 23, Houston Mayor, Bill White held a press conference to announce he will announce his decision to run for governor by December 4. As promised he announced yesterday that he will run for governor. After he made that announcement, Hank Gilbert dropped out of the race and endorsed Farouk Shami.
Meanwhile, Governor Rick Perry, the longest serving governor, made his announcement for an unprecedented third term.
Like Paul Burka says, “Perry is now fighting a two-front war.” One with Democrats in the general election and one with the Republicans in the primary. While most people think the primary will be a joke, Perry still has to be careful. The issues Perry raises in the primary wont be the same as the issues in the general election.
If you’re keeping a score card:
Republicans: Rick Perry, Kay Bailey Hutchison, Larry Kilgore, Debra Medina
Democrats: Bill White, Kinky Friedman, Farouk Shami, Felix Alvarado