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September 05, 2003

University Democrats Visit Whitmire's Office

By Byron LaMasters

Two University Democrats officers are leading students to Sen. John Whitmire's office today (I would have gone, but I just found out about it and I have a 1 PM class) to express their disapproval. I respectfully disagree with Andrew and Jim (who I've spoken with about Whitmire), that this was inevitable and that Whitmire shouldn't be attacked because of what he did. I'm sorry, but the guy just left the other senators in the middle of the night without saying goodbye. That's inexcusable. And unlike other senators who have courageously stayed in New Mexico, despite their wife giving birth while in New Mexico (Ellis), or having recently had a heart attack (Lucio), Whitmire has no excuse. None. Zero. If they all decided to come home, then fine. But it should have been all together, united. Instead, the headlines this week blared, "Democrats in Disarray". And it's Whitmire's fault. And the arguement that they don't have the means to stay forever is silly. There are resources that could be used to help them out. They're our senators, and we elected them from safe Democratic districts because they're fighters and will do whatever is necessary to prevent the right wing from power grabs and changing the rules. I'm proud of my state senator Gonzalo Barrientos. As for John Whitmire, can I understand why he did what he did? Sure. Can I forgive it? Maybe. But am I happy? Hell no, and if I lived in his district and the Democratic primary were today, I'd vote against him in a second. Now, I'm not endorsing a challenge to him at this point. The jury is still out. He still may leave if another session is called. He may have an idea. I don't know. And regardless, I still hold him in much higher regard than the two "Democrats" who voted for redistricting in the House, Vilma Luna and Ron Wilson. Anyway, kudos to Ben and Bryant for taking the lead on this. I'd encourage any Democrats in Austin today to stop by Sen. Whitmire's office today (he's in town) and express your disapproval as well.

Bryant and I are going to lead groups to express our disapproval (how pissed we are) to our invertebrate friend senator Whitmire over his decision to be a real "Chicken D."

So Bryant will lead a group at 11, and I (Ben) will lead one at 12, and we
will go to Senator Whitmire's office and officially register our opinions.
We will meet in the area with the benches in front of the PCL and proceed to
the capitol by foot.

Join us! (I bet you didn't know we were coming apart) You're either with us,
or you're with Witless Whitmire.

Posted by Byron LaMasters at September 5, 2003 12:24 PM | TrackBack


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Posted by: Farah at September 5, 2003 12:25 PM

On one hand, I want to back you up.

And on the other hand, I have to ask, what the heck does this have to do with Iran?

In any case, I'm inclined towards gratitude. Breaking quorum is a once-a-century deal that happened twice in one year, and every senator who left town really stuck his/her neck out.

Posted by: Jim D at September 5, 2003 01:15 PM

For his holiday weekend sneak back into Texas, Sen. Whitmire left in the middle of the night and without warning his colleagues, that's true.

The following Tuesday, he returned to New Mexico and had a three-hour meeting with the other ten truant state senators. He did his best to persuade them that they are doing the Democratic Party and the Texas Senate more harm than good; obviously, they weren't persuaded, but he did try. He then took an early evening flight back to Houston -- the Chronicle had a nice picture of him in an aisle seat, but conspiracy theorists will note that it was on the RIGHT side of the plane! -- where he was met at Hobby Airport by his old friend, Congressman Gene Green (D-Texas).

I know you're just repeating the "left in the middle of the night without consultation" meme that some of the Dems still in NM have used. The question is, why are they still saying that, when they know it's not true?

Posted by: Beldar at September 6, 2003 01:16 AM
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