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Why Ciro's Win Matters Down the Road

by: Karl-Thomas Musselman on Wed Dec 13, 2006 at 14:24:47 PM CST

Not only did Ciro's win in TX-23 make for a very nice Christmas gift to Democrats, it also is an investment.  As many in Texas know, Bonilla (the only Mexican-American Republican in Congress) was the poster boy for the Republican Party's 'outreach' to Latino voters. Meaning of course, the photo-shopped version of someone who looks like you but sells you out and screws you over in reality.

Not only that, but it's an open secret that Bonilla had his eyes on becoming a US Senator for Texas. For now, we've taken away his launching pad and platform to run for statewide office. As Paul Burka said today...

Bonilla may have stayed at the party too long. He has always wanted to move up to the Senate, and it seemed a possibility four years ago when Phil Gramm announced that he would not seek reelection. But Gramm and Rick Perry could not agree on a scenario that would have led to Gramm's early resignation and Bonilla's appointment, and the moment passed. Since then, Bonilla has had a run of bad luck: the U.S. Supreme Court said that his safe district violated the Voting Rights Act last spring--the only district on Tom DeLay's map that didn't pass muster--and a three-judge panel drew him a 61% Hispanic district in which he had no long-term (and, as it turned out, no short-term) future.

In addition, Ciro should be able to hold this seat, becoming a Democratic Progressive Hispanic Representative in the majority party. That takes a load off the DCCC in 2008 when they will be fighting all over the country letting us focus in Texas on holding Lampson and taking out the like of McCaul and others instead.

To cap it off, this from the Express-News.

The soundness with which Rep. Henry Bonilla, the one-time Hispanic poster boy of the Republican Party, was beaten Tuesday night was the equivalent of a political earthquake.

The seven-term incumbent, who as late as Tuesday harbored dreams of becoming a U.S. Senator, was essentially fired from office and replaced by Ciro Rodriguez, a former congressman known more for being a good man than a good campaigner.

Defying every political truism of Bexar County politics, Bonilla started the night by becoming the rare well-known Republican to not only lose early voting, but to lose it badly.

Tags: TX-23, Ciro Rodriguez, Henry Bonilla, San Antonio City Limits, (All Tags)

Why Ciro's Win Matters Down the Road | 4 comments | Post A Comment
Adios, Henry Vanilla (0.00 / 0)
Good analysis, although holding Lampson's seat is highly unlikely to be a priority in two years.  He is already looking for something else, including taking on Cornyn, because he knows it will be next-to-impossible to stay where he is.
by: Cafe Tortoli @ Wed Dec 13, 2006 at 14:35:42 PM CST
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By the looks of El Ciro's stances...
you would think Ciro were to become part of uh...como se dice the Massachussets delegation?
by: sfagrad02 @ Wed Dec 13, 2006 at 16:23:30 PM CST
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Just look at...
and you'll see what I mean....
by: sfagrad02 @ Wed Dec 13, 2006 at 16:23:59 PM CST
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excellent post K-T (0.00 / 0)
really sums up the implications of bonilla's loss.

Fudd's first law of opposition: Push something hard enough and it will fall over.
by: annatopia @ Wed Dec 13, 2006 at 17:01:22 PM CST
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