Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Texas ruminations

Texas Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison has announced she won't run for re-election in 2012, and may run for Governor in 2010. What's notable about this, to me, is that I first became aware of Hutchison when she was Texas' state treasurer and her name was routinely floated as Ann Richards' likely Republican opponent in 1994.

That changed when Bill Clinton named Lloyd Bentsen to be his Secretary of the Treasury and Richards appointed an embarassingly weak replacement for him. Hutchison ran for Senate in a special election 1993, and the 1994 Republican candidate for Governor wound up being George W. Bush. I can't help but wonder how things would be today if Clinton hadn't appointed Bentsen and Hutchison, not Bush, had run against Richards in 1994.

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