Thursday, December 04, 2008

Statement by Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison

From the inbox:

For Immediate Release:
Thursday, December 4th, 2008

Media Contact: Todd Olsen
(512) 731-3213

Statement by Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison

Today, I am filing an exploratory committee so I can begin the process of organizing a campaign for Governor of Texas. I am not yet a candidate, but Texas law requires this first, important step before an announcement can be made.

I am transferring $1 million from my Federal account to this new state exploratory committee and will take further steps as they become appropriate.

Right now, there are a lot of Texans - friends, community and business leaders, Republicans, Democrats, Independents and people who've never been in politics - that I want to talk to before becoming a formal candidate.

While Texas is faring somewhat better economically than many other states, a positive future is not guaranteed. It will take leaders who look ahead to meet the economic and budgetary challenges that are coming.

Texans deserve a Governor who, in the context of sound budgetary policies and low taxes, works for quality schools and universities, access to health care for our families, communities safe from crime and drugs, protection of private property rights, sensible transportation and a government that listens and responds to them.

There's too much bitterness, too much anger, too little trust, too little consensus and too much infighting. And the tone comes from the top. Texans are looking for leadership and results.

I am humbled by the number of hard working Texans who have asked me to run for Governor, including my friend Dick Armey, in our state that I love so dearly. And I am honored to serve Texas in the United States Senate, protecting our state's interests and standing for our values and vision. Texans understand I put Texas first and I will continue to do so while I explore and prepare for a race for Governor of Texas.

This is not surprising news for anyone who pays even the slightest attention to Texas politics. Kay Bailey has been hinting that she wants to be Governor for quite some time now. I like Kay Bailey Hutchison, and for the most part I think she would make a great Governor for the State of Texas. But, as I mentioned in my post "We Need to Educate a Senator", there are a couple of issues that I would like to see resolved before I can fully support her bid.

On the plus side, Kay Bailey Hutchison has come out against the Trans Texas Corridor. This is a very important issue that puts her at odds with our current Governor, Rick Perry. If the Trans Texas Corridor project goes forward, people will fight to save their property. This project needs to be stopped, and Kay Bailey just might be the Republican Governor to stop it.

On the minus side is the fact that even though Senator Hutchison joined with fifty-four other senators, 250 representatives, and Vice President Cheney to submit an amicus brief in favor of Heller in the SCOTUS DC v Heller case, she later stated that she supports an Assault Weapons Ban. During a presentation before the Heritage Foundation on DC v Heller and the Congressional Amicus Brief Senator Hutchison stated:

I support the Assault Weapons Ban and I think that has been clarified just as shouting fire in a crowded theatre clarifies the right of free speech...

I, along with quite a few others, have written the Senator asking for a clarification of this statement. Other than form letters, we have received no response.

Senator Hutchison's comments concerning an AWB start at time 34:52 in this video.


Tim Covington said...

She's better than the current holder of the office. But, that's not saying much.
I would be much happier with a more classically minded Republican. One who truly believed in smaller government, lower taxes and less regulation (of everything).

Anonymous said...

Do you know how she voted on the bailout? She was all for it. Its time for her to find a different line of work. If we are gonna have a democrat lets at least get one that will admit thats what they are.

Anonymous said...

What is wrong with building a few more roads? Since I havn't received my flying car yet and the magical moving sidewalk hasn't appeared to get me to the nearest "public transportation depot", we will probably NEED roads over the next few years.

And Hutch is a squish. Her assistants perform the "finger in the wind" test FOR HER, since she can't be bothered. Perry might not make it, but he is SOLID on gun rights. As a SINGLE ISSUE VOTER, primarily, that is what I care about.

John R said...

Calling the proposed 400-yard wide TTC "a few more roads" is a bit of an understatement. If such a corridor is necessary, upgrading the I25 corridor would make much more sense.

Rick Perry has been a very strong supporter of our RKBA. He publicly supports open carry, concealed carry on college campuses and has worked hard to see that Texas CHL's are recognized by as many other states as possible.

Senator Hutchison appears to be soft on illegal immigration, supports the bailouts and supports an AWB.

My support (edited because it is to darn early to figure out who I will support in two years), but it is early yet.

Frances Clements said...

Very interesting. I think I would like her more than Rick Perry.