Democrats have a knack for self-inflicted wounds. In an example equally humorous and sad, this year’s Democratic primary for the US Senate saw an enormously lousy candidate advance into a runoff for the nomination. Kesha Rogers, an activist with the cult of Lyndon LaRouche, garnered an appalling 22% of the vote. David Alameel, a dentist and businessman, received the far-and-away plurality of 47% despite spending countless dollars of his own money on the campaign. Our original choice in this race, Michael Fjetland, finished in dead last with less than 5% of the vote. Accordingly, we must field a new selection in this runoff.
To say that Rogers is crazy would be a gross understatement. She actively compares contemporary politicians with Nazis and has openly called for President Barack Obama’s execution for alleged treason. Indeed, the LaRouche cult openly professes support for strange conspiracies such as the belief of a nefarious British scheme to take over the world’s finances. Without any semblance of political experience, this board simply cannot find any good reason to acknowledge Roger’s campaign or give her any further publicity on this inane, strange campaign. If nominated, she would wreak havoc on the prospects of Democrats both up and down the ticket, setting the party back years in its quest to make competitive throughout the State.
For these reasons, this board actively endorses David Alameel in the US Senate Democratic primary runoff. However, we select Alameel as more than just the lesser than two evils. While we have had frequent issues with his inconsistent partisan past, as well as some troubling statements he has made about the Federal Reserve, we believe that Alameel ultimately has the best of intentions in his race.
It takes a lot to run for public office in today’s day and age, especially as a Democrat in Texas. The Democrats should be keenly aware of this, given how many offices they left uncontested this cycle, both Statewide and in Harris County. As we have said countless times in the past, the party should never strive towards purity tests, especially when the alternative is such a dangerous and obstreperous option.
Alameel’s largess brings a unique perspective to his candidacy that most other candidates on the Democratic slate lack. Given the capacity for him to self-finance his own election, Alameel will be freer to make up the huge deficit in both name ID and support he inevitable faces against incumbent Senator John Cornyn (R-TX). This board has never been a strong supporter of Cornyn, so we believe that he deserves a strong and capable Democratic opponent. Considering the possibilities, we believe Alameel is that option.
The Texpatriate Editorial Board is comprised of Noah M. Horwitz & Olivia Arena of Austin, Sophia Arena of Houston, George Bailey of Boston and Andrew Scott Romo of New Orleans. Editorials represent a majority of the voting board.