Senate seat

When is KBH going to quit?

Oct 14, 2009 By Paul Burka

I don't mean quit the Senate. I mean quit talking about when she is going to quit the Senate. She provided more fodder for the Perry campaign yesterday by going on talk radio in Dallas (Mark Davis) and hemming and hawing all over the place. This is from today's Perry press release: Today Senator Hutchison continues to waffle on when or if she will resign, demonstrating that she remains more concerned with her own political interests than those of the people of Texas. The Senator said today that she wants to fight health care legislation with every bone in her body. Do these comments mean she is already abandoning her opposition and pledge to lead the fight against cap-and-trade legislation, which will cost Texas hundreds of thousands of jobs? Nobody really knows what the Senator is trying to communicate, including her own campaign. One thing is clear: As the Dallas Morning News has reported, the Senator has been absent from her committee’s work on health care legislation. The release continues by serving up various waffles: October or November? “Then the actual leaving of the Senate will be sometime - October, November - that, in that time frame.” - Sen. Hutchison on the Mark Davis Show, July 30, 2009 Never? “… if he doesn't run, in which case I would be able to then stay in the Senate all the way to the end.” - Sen. Hutchison to NPR, July 30, 2009 By the end of 2009? “Some time before the end of the year.” - Sen. Hutchison to the Dallas Morning News, Aug. 18, 2009 Not at all? The Dallas Morning News quoted Sen. John Cornyn on Oct. 8, 2009, saying, “I believe she's taking suggestions from a number of people about the timing of that, whether she steps down not at all, or whether she steps down earlier and how that would impact a special election." Unknown On Oct. 13, 2009, Sen. Hutchison again appeared on the Mark Davis Show but evaded his questions.

Free at last

Apr 30, 2009 By Paul Burka

Arlen Specter’s party switch gives new life to the old issue of if and when Hutchison should resign her seat. Now that the Democrats have a filibuster-proof majority, she is no longer under any compulsion to remain in the Senate to prevent the Democrats from passing their agenda. She can…

Not So Fast

Dec 19, 2008 By Paul Burka

To: Bill White, John Sharp CC: David Dewhurst, Florence Shapiro, Elizabeth Ames Jones, Roger Williams, Michael Williams, Kay Granger, Greg Abbott, members of the Texas congressional delegation Re: Texas Senate race You folks might want to reconsider your decision to run for the vacancy that will be created when Kay…

Roger Williams joins the Senate race

Dec 11, 2008 By Paul Burka

UPDATE: I should have given Roger Williams credit in this writeup for his outstanding performance in the chair on the first day of the 2007 session, when he presided over the speaker’s race. He showed no favoritism and made a crucial ruling, overruling a point of order, that a secret…