The editorial criticizes Wendy Davis for her “thin” answer to question concerning education and gives Brimer the nod on the basis of his clout in Austin: The stage upon which Brimer’s public service has been performed makes the difference in this race. Davis’ accomplishments have been achieved in the local arena. Brimer’s have been played out in Austin. The relationships he has built, especially with Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, will be crucial to bring forth legislation that is important to District 10 when the Legislature convenes in January. Texas lawmakers are facing a difficult session ahead. Hopes of a healthy surplus and the ability to fund new programs and expand existing ones evaporated with the national economic crisis. Layer on the challenges facing the Texas coast after Hurricane Ike, and resources are drying up like a beached bass. If voters send Davis to Austin, Tarrant County loses the influence, relationships and clout that Brimer has amassed during 20 years in the state capital. In this moment in time, it’s too high a price to pay.
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