Primary yields surprises, wins, runoffs

Primary yields surprises, wins, runoffs

White defeats Hamilton; Beaumont candidates lose Congressional bids

 

“Curiouser and curiouser” was how Lewis Carroll’s “Alice in Wonderland” described her experiences when she fell down that rabbit hole but she could have been describing the May 29 primary elections in Texas. A campaign season where down was up, up was down and long-time conservatives were branded “liberal” in ways that seemed to rob both terms of their meaning produced some curious results.


After they reconfigured Congressman Ron Paul’s District 14 to include Jefferson County and he decided not to seek re-election to the House, it appeared to open the door to Beaumont Republicans like never before – and two local attorneys leapt at the challenge.


Michael Truncale and Jay Old assembled respectable campaign war chests but could not overcome the geographic split in a district that also included GOP strongholds in Brazoria and Galveston counties. The pair recorded nearly identical vote totals – Truncale with 6,197 and Old with 6,136 – each good for 14 percent of the vote.


But two candidates from Pearland scored big in the western part of the new district – state Rep. Randy Weber and attorney Felicia Harris, a Pearland City Council member. Although Pearland is not in District 14, Weber soon moved a couple miles across the boundary; Harris called the residence issue “a technicality” but later reportedly said she would move in if she is elected.


Weber and Harris will meet in a runoff July 31, a full two months after the primary. Weber repeatedly cites his rating as the most conservative member of the Texas House; Harris takes a back seat to none in her disdain for President Obama and his “socialist policies.”


Nick Lampson overwhelmed Linda Dailey for the Democratic nomination. University of Houston political scientist Dr. Richard Murray observed when the district was redrawn that “a strong Democrat from Jefferson County would have a chance” in a district that trends 56 percent Republican.


The other Congressional race in this area was the newly created District 36, a horseshoe-shaped area that includes a small portion of southeast Harris County and extends east through Chambers, Liberty, Polk, Tyler, Hardin, Jasper, Newton and Orange counties in Southeast Texas. State Sen. Mike Jackson was considered a prohibitive favorite in this race, having served more than 20 years in the House and Senate before making the race for Congress. By any measure, Jackson had a solid conservative record during his time in office, but that all went out the window when Steve Stockman unleashed a torrent of exaggerations and outright lies on the front-runner that left Jackson reeling as he was falsely branded as a liberal. He finished third behind Stockman and first-place finisher Steven Takach, an Edward Jones financial advisor and fiscal conservative, who will meet in a runoff. The man who still calls himself “Congressman Steve Stockman” after serving one term in the mid-1990s is the wildest of wild cards, so this race will bear watching. After investing more than $300,000 of his own money in the campaign, it might be Mr. Takach goes to Washington, an eventuality few saw coming.


In a closely watched race for state House District 19, Rep. Mike “Tuffy” Hamilton was defeated by Rep. James White, a Tea Party freshman who was backed by Gov. Rick Perry and his patrons, homebuilders Bob Perry, David Weekley and Texans for Lawsuit Reform. They unleashed a blistering attack on Tuffy who had a solid conservative record in 10 years in the House but was branded a liberal and worse. By the time Hamilton could mount a counterattack, early voting was halfway over and White coasted to a 55 percent victory.


The Congressional district runoffs July 31 will also feature runoffs in both GOP and Democratic contests for U.S. Senator and other races for Texas Railroad Commissioner and Supreme Court. Getting their voters back to the polls on a sleepy summer Tuesday will be a challenge for all involved.

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Comments

Blank Stare....

REALLY!!!!!!!! JOE STEVENSON FOR COUNTY JUDGE!!!!!????? YOU PEOPLE ARE EVIDENTLY MORE DELUSIONAL THAN JOE!!!!! I'VE LISTENED TO THIS MAN OVER THE YEARS & I STILL CAN'T BELIEVE HE THOUGHT HE COULD BEAT MITCH WOODS, NOW HERE WE HAVE PEOPLE ENCOURAGING HIM TO EMBARRASS HIMSELF AGAIN! JOE IS AN IDIOT & HE SHOULD REMAIN IN THE PARAMETER OF HIS CAPABILITIES, LIKE MAKING SURE HIS MOM'S GRASS STAYS CUT & MAKING HIS BED EVERY MORNING...THAT'S THE LEAST HE COULD DO, SINCE HE STILL LIVES WITH HER!!!!!! JOE STEVENSON FOR COUNTY JUDGE.....PLEEEAAASSSEE STOP BEING FOOLISH.....JEFFERSON COUNTY NEEDS A, BETTER PERSON REPRESENTING & THAT MORON ISN'T GONNA CUT IT!!!!!!! JOE "QB" STEVENSON FOR PRESIDENT OF MEALS ON WHEELS.....HE SHOULD BE ABLE TO HANDLE THAT!!!!!!

JOE STEVENSON FOR PRESIDENT OF MEALS ON WHEELS ?

THAT IDIOT WOULD START STUFFING OUR MEALS IN FOOTBALLS AND START YELLING "HUTT, HUTT". "LMFAO"

"JOE "QB" STEVENSON FOR JEFFERSON COUNTY JUDGE "

I HAVE NOT LAUGH SO HARD IN MY 90 YEARS ON THIS EARTH. FIRST OF ALL JOE STEVENSON COULDN'T SPELL COUNTY JUDGE. ONLY ONE GOOD THING CAME OUT OF THIS IDIOT RUNNING FOR SHERIFF, THAT IS NOW HE WILL NO LONGER BE AN ELECTED OFFICIAL IN THIS COUNTY. I AM SURE EVERY ELECTED OFFICIAL IN THIS COUNTY, THIS STATE, THIS COUNTRY, THIS WORLD AND THIS UNIVERSE WILL CELEBRATE HIS RETIREMENT. LET THE CELEBRATIONS BEGAN DECEMBER 31, 2012. WE WILL ALL HAVE A NEW YEAR TOAST AND RAISE OUR GLASS. "HEARS TO JOE "QB" STEVENSON GO HOME TO YOUR MOMMA, YOUR TOUR OF DUTY IS OVER "!. WELL, HE CAN BE THE PEAR ORCHARD NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH CAPTAIN.

Talk about depressing...

Jefferson County is now out of the loop. We have a couple of Pearland carpetbaggers in the run off, one of whom did move about a half mile into the district the other who promises to if elected. Jeez.

Pearland is a suburb of Houston, it has no industry and it's school district is it's largest employer with Wal-Mart being it's second biggest. It has nothing in common with Jefferson County.

Both of these candidates, Randy Weber and Felicia Harris (Kyle) climbed to the top of the heap running on "Obamahate" and the promise of ending "Obamacare" even though the Supreme Court will rule on it later this year. Randy Weber seems to think the answer to more jobs in the area is to get rid of "overburdensome (EPA) regulation". Felicia Harris (Kyle) says that job number one is to get this "bullseye" that been on the state of Texas for the last three years off of our backs, whatever the hell that means. She repeated calls the President Barack Hussien Obama.

Oh, yeah, and for those uber Tea Party types don't forget Randy Weber is THE NUMBER ONE CONSERVATIVE! Uh, except for when he voted for ARCH RINO Joe Straus as Speaker of the House.

Those Republicans tired of draconian Tea Party rhetoric displayed by both Congressional District Republican runoff candidates may want to consider casting their ballot for Democrat Nick Lampson this coming November.

S.

www.thes-pit.blogspot.com

JOE "QB" STEVENSON FOR JEFFERSON COUNTY JUDGE

WITH THE IDIOT JUDGE JEFF BRANNICK AS COUNTY JUDGE. JOE WOULD WIN 60 - 40. HEY, WELL HIS NAME AND FACE IS STILL FRESH IN THE PUBLIC. THE ELECTION IS IN TWO YEARS. "RUN JOE RUN"

JOE "Q.B." STEVENSON WILL RETIRE AS PCT. 6 CONSTABLE

AFTER A BIG LOST IN HIS BID TO BE THE FIRST BLACK SHERIFF. CONSTABLE JOE "QB" STEVENSON WILL HAVE TO RETIRE AS CONSTABLE OF PCT. 6 ON DECEMBER 31, 2012. JOE DECIDED TO RUN FOR SHERIFF INSTEAD OF RUNNING FOR RE-ELECTION AS CONSTABLE. NOW HE WILL HAVE TO RETIRE, BECAUSE HE COULD NOT RUN FOR TWO POSITIONS ON THE SAME BALLOT. MAYBE HE WILL RUN FOR COUNTY JUDGE OF JEFFERSON COUNTY. "ITS TIME FOR A CHANGE AS COUNTY JUDGE". I THINK HE WOULD MAKE A GREAT COUNTY JUDGE.

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