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May 25, 2005

A Brief Note

By Karl-Thomas Musselman

I havn't been online in 5 days so anyone trying to contact me, that's why. But I find it really sad that when I do make it on, I find that 3 Senate Democrats were traitors on HJR 6. Especially after you pledge to keep it off the ballot (because we all know how smart the voters of Texas are) and thus the books. To you Senators Lucio and Madla in particular, the next time legislation comes up that strikes at the heart of your Hispanic contituants, someone please remind me not to give a damn and sell myself out for some other shitty two-bit piece of legislation.

To the 8 of you who voted against it, just like you did against DOMA, thank you. But next time (like there are any more next times except maybe the demonization of gay foster parents or rounding us up and registering us) please be aware you can't trust the word of certain Senators that claim to stand up for minority rights.

Things are okay here in Fredericksburg otherwise, the councilman is hard at work (though you Austinites may get to see him in July for a DFA MeetUp if things pan out).

And now, I need to respond to a certain candidate that is mulling a bid against Lamar Smith for 2006 (who has been mentioned around the comments). I'm excited and will report soon; I'll be back in Austin this Sunday for the summer.

Posted by Karl-Thomas Musselman at May 25, 2005 01:24 AM | TrackBack


"To you Senators Lucio and Madla in particular, the next time legislation comes up that strikes at the heart of your Hispanic contituants."

Karl, they're sleazy, but you're better than this. I'm wondering why the word Hispanic was necessary in the above sentence. "Constituents" would have sufficed.

I don't think it's necessary to threaten (even rhetorically) to sell out a minority group just because two sleazy senators betrayed your minority group. We've had enough of that type of language on the House floor this session.

I believe that ALL of Madla and Lucio's constituents - Hispanic and gay and otherwise- are taking note of their senators' duplicity and will vote accordingly in the next election.

Posted by: Lydia Attayac at May 25, 2005 10:14 AM

Yeah, KT - attacking "Hispanic constituents" is not the way to go. Don't forget that Barrientos, Van de Putte, Zaffirini and Hinojosa have been solid supporters of the GLBT community.

However, next time Madla or Lucio need support on an issue where I would otherwise have no stake - I really don't care. It's not just GLBT issues. Madla and Lucio time and time again sell out to the highest bidder on all sorts of Democratic issues. If we really wanted to do something effective, someone should start a PAC dedicated to recruiting a challenger in the primary to one or both of them, and use that PAC to support the challenger / attack Madla/Lucio.

Posted by: Byron L at May 25, 2005 11:14 AM

Byron I would strongely suggest Rep. Jim Solis D-San Benito challenging Sen. Lucio. I don't know if he's interested, but he is soooo popular down here and is very supportive of progressive issues. I'm going to pester him about it when he gets back from Austin.

Posted by: Edward G. at May 25, 2005 02:17 PM

Edward... you get him to run, then tell us where to send our checks...

Posted by: Byron L at May 25, 2005 03:27 PM

Ive had some dealings with Jim Solis though the legal profession, and he is a GREAT guy.

Posted by: WhoMe? at May 25, 2005 09:54 PM

Kudos to Barrientos, Van de Putte, Zaffirini and Hinojosa- all the Hispanics who voted against it. I urge KT to remember this, even though it is disheartening that thses two senators flipped. It has been such a bad session for all minorities: racial, women, and glbt.

Posted by: Nicole at May 26, 2005 05:37 PM

Lamar Smith won by 26 points and almost 90,000 votes last year. What a waste of time to challenge him when others who are vulnerable go without opposition.

Posted by: Taylor at May 29, 2005 01:49 PM

Lamar Smith faced an opponent last year (the first time in his newly reconfigured district) that spent almost no money and was by most standards, not a serious candidate. Given that, he almost lost the Travis Country third of the district. Ideally, someone with a good campaign and some money should have run against him last year, his district is mostly new to him, and more Democratic than his old one. But as part of DeLay's Texas Team (and being on the Ethics Committee, etc.) he's the guy that needs to have someone run against him to expand the anti-delay reform message. Plus, he overlays one of Patrick Rose's counties and it would be nice in the mid-terms to have that crossover going on. If Democrats can regularly start winning over voters in the San Marcos region, it will be better for the state-wide candidates.

Posted by: Karl-T at May 30, 2005 12:35 AM
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