FLORIDA, July 31, 2012 — Well, the time has finally arrived.
The Republican primary runoff for Kay Bailey Hutchison’s U.S. Senate seat is taking place at this very moment. Texas has a clear choice between two candidates; incumbent Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst and former state Solicitor General Ted Cruz.
As should go without saying, this race ought to have been over long ago. Unfortunately, as no candidate managed to secure 50 percent of the vote in the original primary, here we are today.
David Dewhurst is a man who has paved his own way through life. The son of a World War II veteran who was slain by a drunk driver, he initially found success in Houston’s financial sector. However, after a market crash during the 1980s, his fortunes turned. Nevertheless, Dewhurst pressed forward and not only regained his stature as a business leader, but was eventually elected the Commissioner of Texas’s General Land Office. In 2002, he ran for lieutenant governor and the rest is history.
Ted Cruz, meanwhile, can give a good speech. For the last few years, he has been carving out a niche amongst hardline populists who don’t seem to care about facts so much as they do ideology. He has never been elected to public office, and beyond that, failed to show he is capable of being a sufficient legislator. With such a non-history, he can say anything that he likes minus a voting record to hold him to his words.
This is not to say that those who have never held public office shouldn’t throw their hats into the ring. Businesspersons, academics, journalists, and the like undeniably should if they believe that they can do a good job. However, the idea of a career lawyer — and one heavily backed by out-of-state donors and special interests — running for the U.S. Senate on little more than rhetoric is, quite simply, absurd.
Dewhurst has worked very hard in Austin. He deserves the opportunity to have a chance to serve his state in Washington, DC. Hopefully, Texas’s Republican primary electorate will afford him nothing less.
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