Shapleigh’s potential successors
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Newspaper Tree, an online newsletter about all things El Paso, says that Norma Chavez and county attorney Jose Rodriguez are likely candidates. The paper quotes Joe Pickett as saying that his phone is ringing off the wall and includes mayor John Cook as someone who might be interested. Meanwhile, readers should pay close attention to what Shapleigh said in his press release about his intentions: “In our family, public service is the highest calling. While other public service may lie ahead, I will not run for the Texas Senate in 2010.” What “other public service” could he be referring to? A lobbyist for a major trade association told me that Shapleigh wants to run for lieutenant governor.