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Thursday, December 08, 2005

Congressional Roundup


Candidate Shane Sklar just picked up the Texas Farm Bureau's AgFund PAC endorsement:

WACO – The Texas Farm Bureau Friends of Agriculture Fund (AGFUND) has endorsed Democrat Shane Sklar, a fourth generation rancher from Edna, in his race to unseat Republican Congressman Ron Paul.

“The farm and ranch leaders of the County Farm Bureaus in Congressional District 14 have overwhelmingly recommended the endorsement of Shane Sklar,” said Kenneth Dierschke, president of AGFUND and Texas Farm Bureau. “Currently, there are no active farmers and ranchers in the Texas Congressional Delegation. When Shane goes to Washington, he’ll take along a great understanding of agricultural issues.”

Dierschke said Sklar also has a broad understanding of the problems facing the District 14 and all of Texas.

“His willingness to tackle tough problems with innovative solutions will be a positive,” Dierschke said.

A major endorsement in a district as rural as Paul's is, especially so far out from the election. It'll be interesting to see if Dr. No can get enough institutional support from the Republicans to fight back against Sklar.

CD-21 and CD-22

John Courage is currently in second place of the Progressive Patriots Fund's, "Pick A Progressive Patriot" contest. Fellow Texan Nick Lampson is in fifth place. Both Karl-Thomas Musselman and Matt Glazer (check the comments) make convincing arguments as to why one should vote for Courage over Lampson. Basically it boils down to which campaign you believe will most benefit from the PAC's $5,000 check. I think their performances will break down along regional lines and which candidate your views more closely ascribe to. One of the major reasons Courage was able to win Democracy For America's Grassroots All-Star contest, I believe, is because unlike other candidates he didn't have to worry about splitting his home state's vote. Now that they do, it'll be interesting to see what happens.

There also seems to be quite a few CD-21 blogs turning up. There's TX-21 and Where in the World is Lamar Smith? TX-21 seems to be sporadically covering the race while the latter blog has a more defined purpose- finding out where exactly Lamar Smith calls home. I'd say the easiest way to start is to pull a voter file for the 21st district, find out where he's registered to vote, cross-reference that with who actually owns that piece of property and then go from there. Both should be good reads in the year ahead.


It looks like Henry Bonilla will get his first 2006 opponent fairly soon. Rumor is that Rick Bolanos of El Paso, who some of you may know as the former coordinator of Veterans for Kerry in the Southwest, will announce in the near future. There's also another, San Antonio-based, name that's being bandied about right now. I haven't been able to confirm this one, but the moment I do I'll let you all know.

Finally, although it's not a Congressional race I'll join with all the other bloggers on this one. Larry Stallings, Democratic candidate who is trying to unseat ineffectual Republican State Representative Frank Corte in HD-122 has a great blog going on over here. If you haven't visited it yet, I highly recommend it.