The Quorum Report carries the news that Randy Rives of Odessa will challenge Kel Seliger. Rives is the prototype of a perennial candidate. He has run for state representative (finishing 3rd in the 2008 Republican primary behind Tryon Lewis and Buddy West) and he has run for the State Board of Education, failing at both. He had his 15 minutes of fame when he proposed a resolution to the SBOE in 2010 that would prevent anti-Christian/pro Islam bias in textbooks. The resolution passed by a vote of 7 to 5. Rives cites the voting records compiled by two conservative organizations, Michael Quinn Sullivan’s Empower Texans, which rated Seliger’s 2011 voting record as D+, and the Texas Eagle Forum, which gave him a 60 percent rating.
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