Ann Richards: Sadder but Wiser

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In the April 1994 cover story, Paul Burka wrote about the Democratic governor who had come up through the party’s liberal wing and had gained a national profile after a feisty and funny keynote speech at the 1988 Democratic National Convention. That’s where she went to work on George H.W. Bush: “I’m delighted to be here with you this evening because after listening to George Bush all these years I figured you needed to know what a real Texas accent sounds like” and “Poor George. He cain’t help it. He was born with a silver foot in his mouth” (her delivery on that last line is perfect; she takes 23 seconds to utter those sixteen words). Six years later, as Richards prepared to face George W. Bush in the 1994 general election, Burka discovered a politician whose outlook had changed, who had been hurt as much if not more by her own people than her partisan opponents. As she told Burka: “I’ve always said that in politics, your enemies can’t hurt you, but your friends will kill you.” Burka writes:

Ann Richards’ popularity remains high. Her lead over George W. Bush holds steady in the polls. But inside, something has changed. She has lost the exuberance of her first months in office. During her speech, Richards made a modest promise or two, the audience clapped politely at several points, and a couple of jokes elicited light ripples of laughter. But she never really roused the crowd or herself. Who would have thought that Ann Richards, the first Texas governor to come up through the liberal wing of the Democratic party, would go to La Joya to deliver a speech that seemed to say, “Ask not what your government can do for you, because it can’t do very much”?


That somber tone is reflected thoughout the piece. Gone are the days when she was the “White Hot Mama” of the famous July 1992 cover. The cover type for this issue was “Ann vs. Ann.” Burka concludes:

She has lost the faith in government solutions that is required of the true liberal. The issues she will talk about during the current campaign are economic development and crime. She will say that Texas has half a million new jobs since she took office and that she has built more prisons than any other Texas governor. She will say, as she said to me, “There’s a new pride in Texas now, a feeling that this state is good again. We have laid in place the foundation for Texas to become the largest free trade zone in the world.” A Republican could run for governor on Richards’ two main issues. Indeed, one did. His name was Clayton Williams.

It is not the kind of profile one might expect about Richards, who had such a big public persona. But it is a thoughtful and candid look at a politician who was struggling with the limitations of power and the shortcomings of her own administration.

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  • WUSRPH

    Part of her dismay may have been the result of her realizing that a lot was going on in the Legislature –good and bad—but that she was unable to influence virtually anything. The fact that she had no taste for policy certainly contributed to that.

    • Blue Dogs

      Don’t forget that then Lieutenant Governor Bob Bullock (D) hated Richards’ guts.

      She was destined to be a ONE TERMER anyway.

      • WUSRPH

        Disagree with “hate” see below.

  • Jed

    lost faith in what government can do, or lost faith in texans to allow that to happen?

  • Jon

    Bullock did hang her out to dry on the income tax in the 1993 Leg. Combine that with the Republicans’ successful ability to nationalize the state elections in ’94 and you had a situation where even though Richards was pushing a more moderate tone after the ’91 Leg, voters gave her no credit at the state level because they were mad at the national party in general.

    • WUSRPH

      The income tax fiasco was in the 91 Leg. and she immediately said it was a NO go item with her. Richards was great with a quip and very, very good at inspiring people….but she was not cut out for the work in the trenches that is required to get something done in the Legislature. She lost in 94…Bullock was overwhelmingly reelected admittedly against a weaker opponent. She was able to attract a large number of suburban GOP women voters in 90 against Clayton Williams, but George W. did not have his problems and that vote was not hers in 94.

      • Jon

        Bullock played the media better after the income tax blowback, saying not only was he now against bringing it back, he’d champion a contsitutiinal amendment preventing the Leg from ever passing it without massive public support.

        Bob got out in front of the issue and made it his, not Ann’s and the election results of 1994 proved out that strategy.

        • SpeakTruth

          I’d disagree with the take that “she was not cut out for the work in the trenches that is required to get something done in the Legislature.” She was undermined by Bullock constantly, who was a master at the legislative process with years of relationships and who had his loyalists controlling the levers at state agencies. Bullock hated Richards, and he took great pleasure in blocking anything that he perceived as being supported by her or benefiting her. She was cut out for it — but there was no way she could outmanuver Bullock. No one could then, no one has since.

          • WUSRPH

            I dispute the word “hated”…I think “was disappointed with” is a more accurate description of how he felt about her and why he ignored her views….After he decided, correctly or incorrectly, that she could not pull her weight, his attitude can more accurately be described as “disdain” for her proposals, rather than hate. .As to him blocking everything she was in favor of, an example of that not being the case is the fact that Bullock actively supported Richards’ plans for more drug and alcohol treatment in the prison system…something they both saw the need for. Of course, we will never agree on this…So let’s leave the discussion to other folks…

          • SpeakTruth

            Agreed. Bottom line, his “disdain” drove him to support GWB in 1994 so he could get a lightweight, a pushover in the Governor’s Ofice. He was successful.

          • Indiana Pearl

            Heard Perry on the car radio speaking at CPAC. He sounds a lot like GWB . . .

          • http://www.fortbendconservative.org/ John Bernard Books

            Most conservatives sound alike, just like most of the kooks here sound the same.

          • Blue Dogs

            Bullock also campaigned for Bush, Jr., in 1998 because he felt “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”

          • WUSRPH

            Bullock did not “support” GWB in 1994…However, he did not actively oppose him either. He could read polls like everyone else and knew that Ann was losing, if not lost already.

          • Blue Dogs

            I heard Bullock also wanted to be governor back in 1986 due to his hatred of then Gov. Mark Wells White (D), but backed out of a primary challenge and sought reelection as Comptroller.
            I’m also thinking that he was very jealous of Richards winning the governorship in 1990: she got to the Governor’s Mansion and he didn’t.

          • WUSRPH

            Bullock had wanted to be governor long before Mark White appeared on the scene. He probably had it as a goal when he first ran for the legislature in the mid-50s. He said he was gong to run for governor in 86 virtually the day he was re-elected as comptroller in 82 but he backed out of the 86 race after he found out that he just did not have the support to take on White. White, as we know, went on to lose to Bill Clements, the first Republican governor since the early 1870s.

          • Blue Dogs

            I also heard speculation that then- Lieutenant Governor Bill Hobby, Jr., (D) was supposed to seek the governorship in 1990 , but the prospect of an ugly Dem primary with then-State AG Jim Mattox (D) resulted in Hobby not seeking political office altogether.

        • Blue Dogs

          Bullock was more powerful and influential. Another fact is that Bullock was undefeated in statewide elections (6-0) and was more ruthless than Richards was.

    • Blue Dogs

      Jon, how much you wanna bet Bullock voted for Bush Jr., in 1994.

      • SpeakTruth

        He did — he admitted it.

        • Blue Dogs

          Bullock was so hostile towards her too from the beginning.

          I read an autobiography of Bullock awhile back.

          • WUSRPH

            If you read the McNeeley anti-biography you got a highly distorted view. Bullock was no saint, but nobody was as bad as they tried to picture him.

          • Indiana Pearl

            I just finished a biography of Richards recently. The analysis is not quite so bleak. Bullock sounds a mean SOB.

          • WUSRPH

            It was written by a Richards partisan whose wife worked for Ann Richards.

          • Indiana Pearl

            True, but doesn’t make it wrong.

        • WUSRPH

          He admitted having voted for him in 1998, but I don’t think he ever said how he voted in 1994.

  • Wilson James

    One can only imagine how much better off this country would be had she prevailed. Cue: JBB.

    • fivendimer

      You can also blame Claytie “relax and enjoy it” Williams for this country’s situation.. If he had beat Ann, George W. wouldn’t have run against a republican incumbent, would have become Commissioner of Baseball, and President Gore wouldn’t have invaded Iraq, multiplied the national debt, etc,etc.

      • Texian Politico

        You appear to think Bush is the only one who could defeat Gore in 2000. Gore would have lost to almost anyone the Republicans ran. If not Bush in 2000 it would have been someone else. If Gore couldn’t win after eight years of peace and prosperity, he was never going to win.

        • Blue Dogs

          Folks were getting tired of the Clintons after 8 years.

        • Jon

          Odds were in Bush didn’t run, McCain would have gotten the nomination eight years before he actually did. Gore-McCain would have had a totally different dynamic that Gore-Bush, and there’s no way to say who would have won.

          • Indiana Pearl

            McCain would have gotten the nomination in 2000, but Bush/Rove did a hatchet job on him in SC.

  • Pat

    Sweany, you posted this to the wrong blog. You must have been looking for the “Greatest Hits of Paul Burka” blog.

    Seriously – what about one of Burka’s old articles on Ray Farabee or John Montford? Montford is still a player and Farabee’s legislation has withstood the test of time better than anybody’s.

    • WUSRPH

      I think they are making the new people go back and read the old issues to get some background in Texas politics. It would be nice (for a change) if other reporters did the same…Things did happen before last year, after all. For example, in the original article even Burka referred to Richards as being “the first governor to come up thru the liberal wing” of the Democratic Party. Huh? Anybody out there remember James V. Allred? Since the late 1930s maybe, but NOT the first.

      • bsweany

        You’re right that I should have said “modern governor,” which is what I had intended and what Burka had meant as well, no doubt. But if that’s what we’re splitting hairs over, I suspect we’ll be just fine. I hope no member of the Allred family took offense.

    • bsweany

      Thanks, Pat. Last week I posted Burka’s 1979 story on John Connally, and the week before that I posted Bill Broyles’ piece on Barbara Jordan. Next week will be Griffin Smith, Jr, on Dolph Briscoe followed by Al Reinert on Lloyd Bensten. There’s too much to choose from–stories I’ve read and loved going back twenty years.

      • Blue Dogs

        Sweany, if Briscoe had won the Dem primary against Hill and general election against Clements in 1978, Texas politics would have been impacted

        • bsweany

          John Hill was a great AG–modernized the office, hired top talent–but it was the wrong time in the state’s transition for the liberal wing to assert itself. The conservatives went to Clements, and history turned on 16,000 or so votes. Of course, when I post the story we wrote about Briscoe next Friday, it will shed some light as to why he lost in 78.

      • Pat

        Sweany–I’m glad somebody is taking the 4th estate seriously outside of Texas Tribune. Thanks for posting the old articles. To borrow from an old friend: “The kids has got to be learned.”

        • Jed

          if i understand the concept of the “4th estate,” taking its role seriously would require NEW articles.

  • SpeakTruth

    Ask Burka — Richards was furious with the article. She fundamentally disagreed with his assessment of her as somber or not up for the fight. If you are going to reprint the article, wouldn’t it be appropriate to offer someone who was in the Richards camp an oppurtunity to respond or provide comment?

    • bsweany

      You don’t have to ask Burka. Richards tells him that in the piece. But that’s a time-honored tradition: journalists write stories about politicians, and politicians say that journalists got it all wrong. As for anyone in the Richards camp, please know that you are all welcome to respond or provide comment.

      • SpeakTruth

        No, Richards tells Burka that she’s not melancoly in the piece — but that’s not the broader theme of the piece. Burka goes beyond that to say she’d lost faith in government, was “in a funk” and that she wasn’t able to perform or wasn’t “up for it” (read the close). I think many at the time felt that the entire theme, focussed on the “emotions” of the Governor, was something only applied to women. Just out of curiousity, Brian, can you link a similar feature artice describing the emotional status of a male Texas governor?

        • WUSRPH

          Actually I remember “speculation” about Gov. Briscoe after his mother’s death….so it has happened.

          • SpeakTruth

            A feature article in Texas Monthly regarding the emotional status of a male Texas governor — still waiting on the link.

          • WUSRPH

            I was not talking about a feature article in Texas Monthly, altho there could have been one…I was just talking about speculation in the media.

        • WUSRPH

          Try http://www.texasmonthly.com/story/why-does-dolph-briscoe-want-be-governor from 1976. I found it by googling Dolph Briscoe Texas Monthly. It is much harder on Briscoe than Burka was on Richards.

      • SpeakTruth

        Brian, please post the link when you find it in the Texas Monthly archives . . .

        • bsweany

          Thanks, SpeakTruth. I’ll post the Briscoe article next week, as I wrote four hours ago.

          • SpeakTruth

            I found it and read it — thanks for pointing it out. It did discuss the emotional status of Governor Briscoe, but not as a central theme and only within the context of his potential treatments and therapies. Of course, there was never any speculation that Gov. Richards was under any type of treatment as portrayed as possible with Briscoe, yet the “emotional” aspect was the central theme of the Richards piece. I think it’s much more prevelant to apply this standard to women then to men, and I think the articles prove that out.
            On a separate note — that was a very long article. It could have used some editing. It seemed to be a couple of drafts short of final. Perhaps it was the era and folks would read the longer tome.

          • WUSRPH

            To understand Briscoe you had to be at the press conference at which he announced, in response to rumors and a story in Newsweek, I believe, that HE WAS NOT CRAZY. but that was the good ole days.

        • WUSRPH

          You might try: http://www.texasmonthly.com/story/why-does-dolph-briscoe-want-be-governor. I found it by googling Dolph Briscoe Texas Monthly. It is a lot tougher on Briscoe than Burka was on Richards.

  • http://www.fortbendconservative.org/ John Bernard Books

    Talk about a bad day at Black Rock, democrats are having to go back 20 years to find anything positive to write about.
    Did yawl watch Gov Perry at CPAC, now that was inspiring.
    The country is $17,000,000,000,000.00 in debt, Putin is clowning Obama, and the IRS is out of control and the kooks here are talking republicans taking Texas over the cliff.
    Now that is clueless.

    • Unwound

      Lol “inspiring”

      • http://www.fortbendconservative.org/ John Bernard Books

        That’s what you took from my post? Instead of unwound try uncomprehending….

        • Unwound

          Perry yapped the same lines hes been repeating for years. He can go ahead and campaign on doing away with Dept of Ed and whatnot…and then get his clock cleaned by whoever wins the Dem nom.

    • Indiana Pearl

      As I said above, when you don’t see his glasses, he sounds like GWB. Ain’t gonna happen . . .

      • Blue Dogs

        Bush Jr., and Perry are DIFFERENT people.

        • http://www.fortbendconservative.org/ John Bernard Books

          NOT to the kooks here, when conservatives speak it goes over their heads so they need a translator.

          • Blue Dogs

            Books, you watched Perry’s speech at CPAC ?

        • Indiana Pearl

          In what way?

    • Blue Dogs

      I missed the Perry speech at CPAC. Is it going to reair on C-SPAN tomorrow ?

  • Vanessa

    I’m surprised it didn’t drive her to drinking. Again.

    • donuthin2

      I think Richards was guilty of making bad appointments in key Agencies and those they affected were really frustrated at how disorganized and dysfunctional they became. I don’t it was so much a case of Bullock or anyone else especially disliking Richard as they were frustrated that progress on issues affecting the state came to a standstill.

      • WUSRPH

        Everyone seems to forget that Richards was not swept into office by any great landslide of support. She got less than 50% when she won. She started out as a minority winner whose victory depended on the votes cast by disenchanted suburban Republican women. She had to show a reason why they should stay with her or develop more support to have any chance to win reelection. She failed to do that…ipso facto she was done.

        • Blue Dogs

          Richards won the 1990 election because Williams opened his big mouth and said stupid comments, etc.,

      • Another Wilco Voter

        Donuthin2, I find the contrast of Richards’ appointments to those made by Perry and the operation of the state agencies during both administrations fascinating. Both appointed lightweights and agencies operated dysfunctionally. Richards was a one- term governor as a result if I understand your comment. Yet Perry could have stayed as long as he liked and chose when to leave. To what do you attribute the difference in circumstances?

        • donuthin2

          I agree, they both are similar in that they appointed their cronies to key positions. The difference being that Perry appointed business friendly friends and Richards appointed what appeared to be anti-business kinda people. For instance, environmental agency under Richards slowed the permitting process, created confusion about what it took to do business, and no predictability about outcomes. Perry, on the other hand, appointed his friends, inappropriately engaged them on decisions, with the result being that the business community got what they wanted and the environment be damned. As a result, he had the business community support though I think they privately think he is a goober, just their goober. I think most liked Richards, but she not only did not protect their interests, she slowed the process to the point that things were extraordinarily slow. ,

          • WUSRPH

            To come to Richards’ defense….The environmental agency was brand new, having been created by the Leg. in 1991 by merging the air and water control boards and other agencies. It was in “shakedown” for most of her first term and feeling its way. That explains at least part of the slowness to act.

      • ghostofann

        Case in point: Lena Guerrero

  • Blue Dogs

    Breaking News: State Rep. Harvey Hilderbran (R-Kerrville) concedes the race for Comptroller to State Senator Glenn Hegar (R-Katy), making Hegar the GOP nominee and therefore next Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts

    • WUSRPH

      I am glad to see he accepted my advice and pulled a Buddy Temple. (sic).

  • John Johnson

    You guys all look funny with your heads twisted around facing backwards. Please tell me who wins the splitting hairs debate that these history lessions Brian is conducting turn out. I’m more into current events and look forward to hearing about important things like what Barry Smitherman is going to do now that he is about to be off the taxpayer’s tit. I’m guessing Daddy Rick might find him another appointed position for which he is not qualified, or maybe a high paying job working for Reliant or ONCOR. They both owe him bigtime.

  • WUSRPH

    Those who don’t know history are doomed to repeat it.”

    ― Edmund
    Burke

    • John Johnson

      I find it odd you post this quote, yet in the recent past you have used “it’s been going on for a long time (they all do it)” as an excuse for not doing anything about the practice of using dedicated funds in order to be able to declare our state budget “balanced”.

      • WUSRPH

        I don’t think I have ever justified or defended the practice of using dedicated funds to balance the budget. I may have explained how it was done, but I never agreed with that practice. And, by the way, something was done this last session about it. First, the amount was lowered to $4 billion; Second, the LBB was ordered to come up with a workable phase out plan for the next session. Far from a complete solution, but the first steps….Sometimes getting that first step taken is the hardest part of a reform.

        • John Johnson

          Come on…fess up. You made the statement right here several weeks ago that “it has been going on for a long time” without condeming it. You even went so far as to justify it. You explained the genesis of it as if it was OK and as if there were no alternatives. Now slow change is being implemented, but only after more of the public started to become aware of it. TP&W had to start advertising for contributions on this very website, and a few newspapers started mentioning the set aside money that we have been paying each month that was not getting to the electricity users who needed it. This was the reason for change – a little public pressure. It certainly had nothing tp do with altruism from our legislators. They have a small volunteer fire department in Carbon, Texas, which is right in the middle of where the range fires destroyed millions in homes, barns, and equipment a few years back. They have to have a big fund raiser each year to just keep the rudimentary equipent they have up to snuff. I had the pleasure of sending a copy of the Comptroller’s list of funds earmarked for VFD’s that never made it to them. He had no idea. Obviously, neither do Reps like Mark Shelton who came home and bragged about being part of the successful “balancing of the budget”. Horseshit. Your view of government and those elected to govern has a rose colored tint to it. I repeat…you and many others have been so close to the smell for so long that you have gotten used to it.

          • WUSRPH

            COME ON JJ. I have never defended it… I HAVE EXPLAINED where it came from and what it accomplishes…That is far from defending it….It is simply explaining it and its history. You seem to think that no one can talk about it without VIOLENTLY CODEMNING IT. I don’t think that is necessary ever time it comes up. Nor did I suggest that the Leg. took the first steps toward abolishing the practice out of the goodness of its heart. Of course, it reacted to public pressure….That’s what representational bodies do..sometimes when they shouldn’t ..but this was a case where they should. I might also note, not in defense of the Leg. but as an explanation of why they acted now, that the budget surplus made it possible to do more things without using this budget trick. One can only hope that they take more steps next session leading to the total abandonment of this practice. (P.S. You might also not have noticed that they set a fixed lifespan for any new dedicated funds created in 2011 so they will have to go back in 5 years and determine whether that dedication is warranted.)

          • John Johnson

            Sorry, ” everyone is doing it” or “it’s been going on for a long time” sounds like a defense of sorts. My kids used to use both of them. I might have, too, fifty years ago. Thanks for info on new rules. Hadn’t caught that.

          • WUSRPH

            Sorry that we seemed to have gotten back to:
            I am sorry, Sir, I can explain it to you but I can not understand it for you.

          • John Johnson

            You don’t have to explain anythng to me. I recognize denial when I come across it. As far as understanding, I seem to have a much clearer vision than you do. Yours is biased from years of being part of the government process you love and defend so diligently.

          • WUSRPH

            I am sorry, sir, I can explain it to you but I cannot understand it for you.

          • John Johnson

            Ha… the old broken record syndrome.

          • WUSRPH

            That is true you certainly suffer from it…

          • John Johnson

            Now you’re commenting like a six year old. I repeat charges against you because you continue to deny your part in, and defense of, a slimy broken Texas political system that your man Bullock was a major part of. You think statewide office holders are people to be held in high esteem. They certainly all think they are special and deserve special treatment. I don’t. The most qualified simply do not run. They don’t feel an all encompassing need to go on a power trip and have their egos stroked. Very few were asked by others to run for office, but will tell you they were. You are simply in denial and quoting trite expressions you heard used by some cocky, condescending twit.

          • WUSRPH

            You are getting more ridiculous with every entry. Good day.

    • Indiana Pearl

      George Santayana . . .

      • WUSRPH

        Burke said it first in the late 1700s….but about a whole bunch of people have said something similar at one or another time.

  • http://www.fortbendconservative.org/ John Bernard Books
    • John Johnson

      I would be, too, JBB. Obama is the worst ever, and if Davis gets anywhere close to him next month she has lost any indie votes she might have picked up, and some Repub women’s, as well. However, before long, Repub’s are going to go the way of the white ruling class in South Africa. Offering lip service to Hispanics while actions show true malicious intent is not winning many converts. The day of reckoning is nigh.

      • Unwound

        Jeez man, lets see:

        Harding
        Buchanan
        Grant
        Johnson
        Nixon
        W Bush
        Carter
        Pierce

        Obama worst ever? Gimme a break, he aint great, but hes nowhere near the worst.

        • John Johnson

          In my lifetime; in my opinion.

          • Unwound

            Hyperbole

          • John Johnson

            Nope. I truly believe he is the worst in my lifetime. Carter was bad; O worse.

          • Unwound

            How? I’m genuinely curious how he comes out worse than Nixon, Carter or Bush/Cheney

          • John Johnson

            Nixon got us out of Nam, reestablished relations with China, had operatives break into office to gather info on Dem’s, told a big lie. Under Carter interest rates were at 18% or so, I waited in gas lines, and he deregulated airlines. Clinton got rid of Glass-Stegall. Bush got us into an unwinable war and warned about impending disaster at Famnie Mae, but did nothing about it. Obama made umpteen promises he has not kept. We go deeper and deeper into debt, he is unwilling to personally get involved with Congress, he has over stepped his authority as President, he gives no help getting to the bottom of Benghazi and the IRS scandal, his foreign policy is a joke, he promised to stop Wall Street hedging abuses but hasn’t , and his unread healthcare plan was rammed through in the dark of night, and is a cancer that will grow and only continue to get worse as time goes on. I could go on, but am stopping here.

          • Unwound

            I certainly appreciate the fact that you live in the present rather than the past, but i also think you’re seriously glossing over Obama’s predecessors sins.

          • John Johnson

            I know that you disagree with me, but I have given you the main negatives I can think of for each Prez you named. I just don’t like or respect Obama. The reasons are wide and varied. From my perspective, there are no positives I can put in his column whatsoever. He was a bored, egotistical, vote skipping, do nothing senator, who carried these same traits into the White House.

      • Blue Dogs

        South Africa? ARE YOU CRAZY ?

        • John Johnson

          Yeah, a little. How about you?

          • Blue Dogs

            At least Abbott and the TX GOP won’t pull a Ferdinand Marcos to silence the opposition.

  • WUSRPH

    COME ON JJ. I

  • WestTexan

    A number of very smart people (Matthew Dowd among them) felt Ann would win easily. Guns and just a loss of fire in the belly resulted in her defeat. I think she just decided the fight wasn’t all that worth it any longer. Clearly had she seen where it was all headed I think she would have pulled it out. She was a great lady. Good for Texas and will be remembered as such.

    • Jed

      actually, she veered right at the last minute (a move indirectly alluded to in the article), andit lost her that liberal support burka first spoke of.

      don’t know if that made the ultimate difference, but it did lead me to not vote for her 2nd time.

      maybe THAT’s the lesson for today. abandon your base at your own peril. or, democrats should actually be left of center. one or both.

    • Blue Dogs

      West Texan, if Richards had retired by not seeking reelection in 1994, who would have been the Democratic nominee for the governorship that year ?
      A. Jim Mattox
      B. John Sharp
      C. Kathy Whitmire

      • ghostofann

        My money would have been on Sharp.

    • Jed

      it weand’t just guns.

      it was jails and her abrupt shift on endangered species protection v. rights of property owners to burn down their little share of the planet by god.

    • ghostofann

      Yep, if she hadn’t vetoed that concealed weapons bill in the 73rd Legislature, she might have had a fighting chance against Shrub.

  • don76550

    Poor Ann. She caint help it that she got a silver boot in her butt.