Mayoral update

I’ve been saying it for a while that Bill King, the former Mayor of Kemah, would run for Mayor of Houston this year, against Mayor Parker. Hell, I even listed him among my Mayoral candidates. But I think I was wrong, very wrong, about Mr King’s candidacy.

You see, recently, King started writing op-ed pieces for the Chronicle. I expressed my doubt that an opinion writer could have a political future in this city last December, and I still stand by that statement. In fact, it looks like King has doubled down on this position recently. I believe as of late, King has become an official columnist with the paper, and has advertised quite prominently as such on his facebook page. Accordingly, it looks like Bill King WILL NOT be running for Mayor.

I will be taking down his name from the Mayoral election tab soon enough. This is just one of those illusions I keep having, despite most of the facts rooting against me. To be fair, most bloggers have these delusions. Kuff has an ongoing “figment of his imagination,” as he calls it, about thinking Henry Cisneros will be running for Governor. But enough about how I, yet again, failed at predicting the future. This newfound reality gives us the opportunity to examine an odd new political map.

The Mayoral election now consists of two heavyweights, Parker and Hall, who are headed for an epic showdown of showdowns this November. Then there are the two lightweights: James Noteware, a Republican nobody, and; Don Cook, the perennial Green candidate. Amanda Ulman or one of her fellow comrades will probably also throw their red hat in the ring. But that leaves two major questions left unanswered. First, who will the Republican be? Second, will there be a Hispanic candidate, and, if there is, who?

A million years ago, Campos mentioned some anonymous Hispanic politician who was thinking of running for Mayor. Kuff had no idea what he was talking about. If you believe that, in light of that, I would still know anything about it, I’ve got a bridge I’d like to sell you. As for the Republican, I have no inklings about any candidates other than King. For some reason, back in my December post, I mentioned the prospect of conservatives nominating someone like Paul Bettencourt. I have no idea where I got this from. Absolutely no idea. Essentially, the there is a huge opening for a Conservative to run for Mayor at this point. Just probably not big enough for a conservative candidate to win.

Raymond Telles, 1915-2013

Raymond Telles, the first Hispanic Mayor of El Paso, who served from 1957 to 1961, died on Friday at the age of 97. Telles, a Democrat, would go on to become the Ambassador to Costa Rica under the Kennedy and Johnson administrations from 1961 to 1967. In 1967, he became the Chairman of the United States-Mexican Border Commission, and in 1971 he became a commissioner of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (which is distinct from the Chairman of EEOC, that the LA Times, in their continuing disgrace of journalism, seems to think), serving until 1976.

Telles was the first Hispanic elected Mayor of a major US City (population of El Paso at that time was about 150,000). His election came a full 24 years before that of Henry Cisneros, and 8 years before Alfonso Cervantes of St. Louis, who is erroneously sometimes called the first Hispanic person to the elected Mayor of a major US City. If and when Texas ever turns blue, it will be because of the hispanic community, and one of the first milestones will be Mayor Telles. An inspiration to all.

Who is running for Governor, again?

Who is running for Governor, again?

I meant to write this a few days ago. Anyways, BOR had this obnoxious little piece about the gubernatorial candidates. The piece mentioned six gubernatorial candidates (three being defied “on deck” and three as “long shots”). Mike Villarreal (a San Antonio State Rep), Kirk Watson (a Austin State Senator) and Bill White are the ones who are “on deck,” as BOR puts it. Rafael Anchia (a Dallas State Rep), Wendy Davis and Julian Castro are the ones who are less-likely, I suppose. I have a few comments on this.

First, I cannot say that I am surprised that the Austinites have to throw a bone to one of their own. I really like Sen. Watson, for the record, and think he would make a good statewide candidate, but I cannot find any other site which validates this little factoid. However, I seem to remember a very-similar rumour in 2010, which turned out to be completely, totally and utterly false.

Second, I really would not call Bill White “on-deck” for a gubernatorial run, or really anything in politics. Again, I don’t know where they’re getting this info, but even the adults in Houston political blogging haven’t been talking about this. Even if there is some movement about White’s candidacy, I would not venture to call his odds in an echelon above Sen Watson or Mayor Castro.

Finally, most perplexing in my opinion, is how completely different these names are from the ones I’ve been hearing of recent in other blogs. Kuff has been talking about Cecile Richards, Henry Cisneros and Rodney Ellis, and BOR did not even touch upon it. I find this a little perplexing. I’ve had problems with BOR’s reliability in the past, and I generally will trust fellow Houstonians first and foremost, but that’s just me.

Okay, goodnight. Soaking up everything that is Houston right now, leave for Austin on Friday.