Yesterday was Parker County’s annual rally. They had a huge building filled with what, at it’s peak, was over 200 people.
I attended as a representative for Rick Noriega. They had a table and chairs already set up for me right next to Hank Gilbert who was there to talk and hand out information about the TTC and Toll Roads. I put up a few table decorations and two big bowls of candy to use as lures.
When I asked where the Mikal Watts table was, the person in charge replied, “He never even responded to our requests for an appearance. Apparently he’s not interested in Parker County.” Apparently not. When you have millions to give your campaign and your own airport, who needs Parker County country bumkins?
It wouldn’t have mattered if a Watts representative had attended because this crowd is clearly on the Noriega Team. They don’t even know there is such a person as Mikal Watts because his elitist campaign is only for the big money cities. They said such things as, “This is the guy who’s going to beat Cornyn. Sign his petition.” They were impressed that Noriega decided to get signatures rather than throwing hard earned cash around. The filing fee is $5,000 to get on the ballot or enough signatures on petitions.
Jim Wright spoke first and was followed by 2008 candidates plus Hank Gilbert and David Van Os. I can’t possibly remember all the candidates who were there so I’m going to mention the ones that impressed me most.
Dale Henry – Railroad Commissioner. (His website will be up this week.)
Dale followed Jim Wright and he gave one of the best speeches of the day. He asked if we were ready to bring prosperity back to America which fit nicely with a quote Speaker Wright gave: “If I want to keep living like a Republican, I better start voting like a Democrat.”
Dale reminded us that “We are the people.” He talked about injection wells and warned that, “Injection wells can destroy what is left of our water and it’s a known FACT.”
With 50 years experience in the oil and gas business as a Petroleum Engineer, Dale Henry is the man we need for Railroad Commissioner.
In 2006, Dale did much better than most of the other Democrats who ran for statewide offices. Dale has the broad appeal needed to win this race.
This year Dale has an opponent, Art Hall, an African American attorney/investment banker who has decided to use the Rail Road Commission as his jumping off point into Texas Politics. Instead of an experienced engineer with integrity, the alternative to Dale Henry offers a personable, popular black millionaire Harvard grad! Somehow I don’t see how Art Hall could truly advise us on gas drilling and water conservation.
As a member of the San Antonio City Council and San Antonio Area Metropolitan Planning Commission, Art Hall was pro-toll roads. The transportation lobbyists and pro-TTC crowd will love him. While Dale Henry was donating his time and expertise helping African American victims of oil and gas environmental abuses, Art Hall was supporting toll roads that will cripple poor African Americans.
Judge Susan Criss for Texas Supreme Court
Wow! I’m impressed with this candidate. She has a dynamic presence about her with an air of genuine interest and concern, an abundance of people skills and she is an engaging, powerful speaker. She reminded us just exactly how Karl Rove and his band of crooks took over in Texas. They stacked the Texas judicial system with Republican judges.
Think POWERFUL and PRINCIPLED.
Hank Gilbert is the authority on toll roads and he is traveling, at his own expence, all over Texas and to D.C. trying to prevent this catastrophe. He spoke about the dangers of toll roads and eminent domain.
David Van Os was the last to speak. He is like desert. He is the icing on the cake. David implored us to keep our money in Texas this year rather than sending it to DCCC or DNC. He reminded us that Texas, with our 34 electoral votes, is a major player in Presidential races.
The Wise County Democrats annual fund raiser was yesterday evening. One report was that their “Blue Dog” rally had 20 in attendance. Another report put the attendance at 15.
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Thanks for the thorough report. I would love to get to see Jim Wright speak again. Even as old as he is and having had a stroke, he’s an impressive speaker. Also, thanks for representing Rick Noriega, our next senator.