January 05, 2006
I think the biggest news around here today is the absolutely huge real estate deal between longtime Chattanoogan Bob Corker and relative newcomer Henry Luken. Since I buy most of the groceries at an Osborne-leased supermarket, I guess this change really does affect me, albeit in an invisible way.
From a campaign standpoint, this is a doubly smart move by Corker. First, he gets way out in front of any ethics-related questions about his holdings; and by complying with a law before it applies to him, he scores even more points in public perception. Second, this is yet another action that quietly but boldly operates on the assumption that Corker will be victorious -- this time, not only in the primary, but in the general election. After all, the only potential problem that could come from owning real estate with federal leases on it wouldn't materialize until/unless the owner were sworn in as Senator.
Don't forget the debate tomorrow morning between District 22 special election candidates Sally Love and Eric Watson. A kind individual sent me a link to Eric Watson's website; if anyone knows whether Ms. Love maintains one as well, please drop a comment below. The election is next Thursday (1/12/2006).
Another e-mail came from blogger and (we hope) State Senate candidate Bob Krumm, who tipped me to a candidate next door in the 23rd House district. The Ballot Preview page for the State House has been updated with these links.
So far, I mainly know of only Democrats' and Republicans' campaigns. Others' campaign plans may be still underway, and I hope to hear from independents and "third" parties soon. I bring this up because Texas will see 187 Libertarians running for office this year (not counting any county races).
Finally, I agree with Adam Groves' assessment: "State Senator Rosalind Kurita is sounding more and more like a State Senator, even though she hasn't yet withdrawn.."