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October 17, 2004

Congressional Endorsements

By Byron LaMasters

Three major Texas newspapers weighed in with their congressional endorsements today. Karl-Thomas noted that the Houston Chronicle endorsed Richard Morrison over Tom DeLay.

The Houston Chronicle favored incumbents and presumptive favorites in the other races:

TX-2: Nick Lampson (D)
TX-7: John Culberson (R)
TX-8: Kevin Brady (R)
TX-9: Al Green (D)
TX-10: Michael McCaul (R)
TX-18: Shelia Jackson Lee (D)
TX-22: Richard Morrison (D)
TX-29: Gene Green (D)

The Austin American Statesman offered no surprises with their endorsements of all the incumbents and presumptive winners:

TX-10: Michael McCaul (R)
TX-15: Ruben Hinojosa (D)
TX-21: Lamar Smith (R)
TX-25: Lloyd Doggett (D)

The San Antonio Express-News threw in one surprise in an otherwise incumbent lovefest:

TX-20: Charles Gonzalez (D)
TX-21: Lamar Smith (R)
TX-23: Henry Bonilla (R)
TX-28: Jim Hopson (R)

Who is Jim Hopson? He's the guy running against Henry Cuellar in the seat currently held by Ciro Rodriguez. Cuellar narrowly defeated Rodriguez in a primary that the Express-News is apparently still embittered over:

San Antonio Rep. Ciro Rodriguez lost to Henry Cuellar in the Democratic primary under unsettling and controversial circumstances.

The Democratic Party failed to fully investigate the disturbing recount results that overturned Rodriguez's election day victory and gave the nomination to Cuellar.

Now Cuellar is facing Republican Jim Hopson of Seguin in the Nov. 2 election. We recommend voters cast their ballots for Hopson, an independent thinker who will bring integrity to the job.

Cuellar ought to win relatively easily, but San Antonio Democrats have a reason to be unhappy. Rodriguez was a strong progressive from San Antonio, while Cuellar is an unpredictable moderate from Laredo that won the primary because Rodriguez didn't take him seriously enough (until it was too late), and the Laredo turnout far exceeded the San Antonio turnout in the primary. San Antonio will have a chance to reclaim its congressional seat in the 2006 primary, but for now Cuellar will have to do.

Posted by Byron LaMasters at October 17, 2004 05:01 PM | TrackBack


I told my sister to vote Republican for Congress- she lives in the Cuellar district. I said Libertarian would be fine (neither has a chance of winning) but Cuellar is a scumbag and he needs to get a message.

Posted by: Andrew D at October 18, 2004 02:07 AM

cuellar kicked ass as a state representative. he wrote the CHIP program legislation and the TEXAS grant legislation that pays for my 2 kids to go to school.

how small must you be to call someone you don't even know names like that?

you should be ashamed of yourself.


Posted by: phil--f at October 25, 2004 08:09 AM

cuellar kicked ass as a state representative. he wrote the CHIP program legislation and the TEXAS grant legislation that pays for my 2 kids to go to school.

how small must you be to call someone you don't even know names like that?

you should be ashamed of yourself.


Posted by: phil--f at October 25, 2004 08:09 AM
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