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Thursday, April 07, 2005

Bonilla for Senate '06

The Express-News is reporting today that Henry Bonilla raised nearly $780,000 since January. This brings his campaign warchest up to $2 million. Just to put this in perspective, that's more than Hastert, DeLay, and Pelosi raised in this time frame. Now I don't know about you, but considering Bonilla is fairly safe in his current district, there's really no reason for him to be going for broke fundraising-wise right now unless he sees the writing on the wall with KBH.

The article also states that KBH will make a decision about the Guv race after the Texas Leg. adjourns. Which is good politics. This doesn't allow Perry to push a pet project from his beloved anti-tax, right-to-lifers base (well, at least not anymore than he normally does) that KBH would have to deal with in the primary. It also allows KBH the wiggle room to say that she decided to run only after seeing Perry waste another legislative session with ineffective leadership.

But back to Bonilla. If Dewhurst or Railroad Commissioner Michael Williams hops into this race, does Bonilla even stand a chance? Not only does Bonilla only represent about 3% of Texas right now, but he does have the task of appealing to a Republican primary electorate that's 95% white, 3% Hispanic, and one that has a history of throwing out qualified Hispanic candidates for a statewide post (Xavier Rodriguez), in favor of a white, right-winger. I just don't see it happening for the guy, which I find pleasurable.