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In widely expected, but technically breaking, news Kay Baily Hutchison has formed an exploratory committee to run for Texas Governor in 2010. She'll be challenging Texas' current and longest serving Governor, Rick "Good Hair" Perry.
Here's the link Statesman Story but you should also read the comments. Surrogates for Perry and KBH are already tearing each other apart and she's just declared!
This is a surrogate for the battle for the soul of the Texas GOP. Perry has actively courted the conservative wing. KBH has laid low, and acted a little more moderate. She'll probably kill Perry in the primary--but it will be really ugly. She'll probably mop the floor with any Democratic challenger. Lord knows why she's so popular, but them's the facts.
Other points. This will be an open Senate seat soon.
Houston Mayor Bill White is widely expected to run for whatever race KBH isn't in. Whether Senate, or Governor. He's got great popularity in newly Democratic Harris County. And he's a sharp bold politician. But he's still a dem.
Grab the popcorn!
Update: Wow! The Rec list! Thanks! You like me! I can't believe you really, really like me!
Originally posted to DyspepTex on Thu Dec 04, 2008 at 09:11 AM PST.