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March 19, 2004

Frost Gaining Ground in CD-32 Matchup

By Byron LaMasters

I've always been a big fan of Martin Frost. He was one of the Democratic Congressmen targeted by Tom DeLay in the Texas Congressional redistricting plan. I attended his campaign announcement in January. He decided to run in the new 32nd district which is anchored in north Dallas, but includes several suburbs, parts of west Dallas and parts of north Oak Cliff. It's a tough district, but Martin Frost is a smart, tough campaigner, and he's got a shot. Congressional Quarterly recently upgraded Frost's chances against Sessions from "Republican Favored" to "Leans Republican". The New York Times reports:

When the dust settled on the Republican congressional remapping of Texas last fall, Democrat Martin Frost looked like a goner.

His constituency dissipated among five other House districts, Frost was left with no appealing place to run for a 14th term this year. Ultimately he chose the reconfigured 32nd District, which has a strong Republican lean and many residents who have never known him as their congressman.

But elections are not only about numbers; candidate quality counts, too. And Frost -- a former chairman of both the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and the House Democratic Caucus -- brings considerable assets to his underdog candidacy, including an impressive intellect, ample political savvy, bulldog intensity and strong fundraising skills.

And he seems to be staging an increasingly competitive bid in the north Dallas suburbs, where a lesser Democrat would have little chance. On top of all its demographic advantages, the GOP is fielding as its candidate Pete Sessions, a Republican with eight years' experience in the House.


The intensity of Frost's campaign in recent weeks has led Congressional Quarterly to now rate the contest as Leans Republican, meaning Sessions appears to have an edge but the race could go either way. CQ had rated it Republican Favored, which meant a Frost win would be a major upset.

Read the entire article for more. Martin Frost was targeted from day one of Tom DeLay's redistricting ploy. If Martin Frost can defeat an incumbent Republican congressman, we can really send a message to Tom DeLay. If you are able to help out, contribute to Martin Frost today.

Update: Yesterday, the National Journal wrote this about the race:

"Texas 32: Thirteen-term Democratic Rep. Martin Frost and four-term Republican Rep. Pete Sessions are already slugging their way to the general. This battle symbolizes the culmination of partisan hatred over the redistricting battle and will be the most competitive in the nation."

Posted by Byron LaMasters at March 19, 2004 05:51 PM | TrackBack


I share your interest on this race. Sessions has been shuffling all around Dallas over the past few years, so I don't really consider him to have an incumbancy advantage over Frost. A good tough race, Frost should get a better website, this is high-end internet user territory, he could make inroads there. Spending $1M on an internet campaign/advertising heavily targeted to those burbs, could be the few points he needs to win this. But it's tough, i bet they pushed hard for a primary turnout, but still missed beating Sessions total, and Republicans seem to turnout higher in the general. Frost needs a break in this race, hope he gets it.

Posted by: Jerome Armstrong at March 19, 2004 08:39 PM

Frost is a mean and smart SOB and can win this thing...let's hope R turnout is decreased since TX is a sure R state in 2004 and a serious GOTV campaign can help save him.

Posted by: blue at March 19, 2004 09:43 PM

Just wait for a few more "Let them watch color TV" comments.

Pete, by the way, if you are reading this, tsk tsk that all your brothers got into law school and were able to follow in Daddy's footsteps, but you were so academically challenged (i.e. STUPID) that you could not get admitted anywhere (even with daddy trying to pull strings). Hey, at least you got to be middle management at the phone company (worse than a government bureaucrat) and make the same ca. $45k for ca. 20 years because you were too pathetic to ever get a promotion. Well, at least you got that nifty SBC portfolio of all that bonus stuff, for, well, getting elected to Congress. How many millions is it worth now? - nice step up from a middle mangement bureacrat position. Now you can mingle in that country club crowd that you always wanted to be a part of.

By the way, Pete, all your fellow Texas Congressional Republicans are NOT your friends. There is a reason your district was made the most vulnerable to Martin. It's because all your colleagues made sure as hell certain precincts did not get added to their districts and you were too stupid to figure it out, so they dumped it all on you.

Oh, and one last thing Pete, how many years did Adrian Plesha get?

Posted by: WhoMe? at March 20, 2004 12:30 AM

And, it's so nice to see that one of Mr. Sessions's pet causes is "education", given that neither of his sons attends public school. I guess that's why he voted against "No Child Left Behind".

Posted by: precinct1233 at March 20, 2004 11:51 AM

Sessions voted against "No Child Left Behind"?!?!?!?

Even a stopped clock is right twice a day.

When I was last in Texas (2000), he had a difficult race too.

His weakness is that he's lame.

Posted by: Matthew Saroff at March 20, 2004 08:55 PM

Pete Sessions is dumber than a box of rocks, and Martin Frost is the Democrats' Tom DeLay.

Maybe they can bore themselves to death during a debate and voters can select from REAL candidates.

Posted by: notgonnatell at March 21, 2004 11:08 AM

To compare Martin Frost in any way to Tom Delay is pure horseshit. Tom Delay is a corporate crony crook hell bent on destroying the middle class. Martin is a common sense middle of the road public servant who has an incredible record of supporting working people.

Then again, notgonnatell might have meant the comparison as a compliment to Martin because he loves Tom Delay because Delay was behind the re-redistricting, which notgonnatell so passionately defended in prior postings because it allowed Green to upset Bell in Houston.

Posted by: WhoMe? at March 21, 2004 01:05 PM

26 years in the same elective office is far too long.

Frost should seek another office or job.


DeLay is "hell bent on destroying the middle class" ?!?

Hallucinogenics can be fun, but all things in moderation.

Posted by: Michael Herdegen at March 22, 2004 07:12 PM

One must be on hallucinogenics NOT to realize that Delay is hell bent on destroying the middle class.

26 years too long? I suppose that applies to Senators Thurmond and Stevens too? Well, 4 years has been way to long for King George.

Posted by: WhoMe? at March 22, 2004 08:16 PM

Sorry Folks, but I liove in Dallas and this area is firmly Republican in this district. There are too many North Dallas votes and they will not abandon Sessions.

Give Frost's PR machine kudos for convincing the national media that this race can be won. But the final numbers should be about 55-45 in favor of Sessions.

Posted by: Bill at March 24, 2004 12:11 PM
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