Sunday, February 26, 2006

Harris County Dems at Drexler's Bar-B-Q

Last night, over 500 Houston-area Democrats met downtown at Clyde Drexler's Bar-B-Q Restaraunt for event hosted by the Harris County Democratic Party with help from Bay Area New Democrats and Fort Bend Democrats. We were able to raise a few bucks for the fight in CD22 hawking various swag.

Those with contested primaries were out in full force. Gammage's people made sure to cover the interior in literature before anyone else arrived. It was clear the gloves had come off in this race: Gammage's pamphlet attacked Bell for never "adequately explaining his support for the devastating Bush tax cuts, drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, and a bank and credit card sponsored bankruptcy bill aimed like an arrow at the heart of struggling working families." Oh my...

Bell fires back - His volunteers arrive with an attractive glossy mailer, complete with pictures of Chris in a classroom reading to minority children. Gag factor aside, it is an effective little piece of advocacy, and it comes with pre-packaged attacks on Bob, charmingly entitled "Gammage: Dammage to Texas". The sidebar alleges that Gammage "opposed finacial aid for students from poor families", "opposed increasing the minimum wage for working families", "helped lead efforts to weaken the Clean Air act, and tried to suspend it in Houston", and "opposed affirmative action and fought against funding for school desegregation".

My dad and Chris Bell talking a little shop

With all the mudslinging, most of the other candidates kept a low profile. Radnofsky made the rounds, robotically repeating her typically un-Leftist fare, making sure to remind everyone she believes, among other things, that marriage is between a man and a woman. Well Babs, I believe my vote is between me and a real Democrat.

I also got the chance to meet Jim Henley, a charismatic school teacher who wants Culberson's seat. He came with a large following of energetic young volunteers and some extremely sharp-looking campaign materials. More important, Mr. Henley himself is sharp.

And of course, Nick was there, with that same goofy smile on his face, looking once again like the cat who swallowed the canary. At this point, it's gotta feel good just to be Nick Lampson.


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