By Marc Campos

Correct Me and Whatchamacallitgate

Commentary will be the first to admit that I don’t know everything and sometimes folks have to set me straight like the local Dem Party Chair did yesterday on my takes on a Special Election in Texas for a possible U.S. Senate race. Here’s what the Chair sent me yesterday:


“In a recent post you were commenting on the special election for the U.S. Senate seat, and how it would be good to have a Democratic competition. While I don't necessarily disagree with the competition part, I think you are mistaken about when the election would be. You talked about the candidates having 14 months to campaign all over the state. However, under Chapter 204 of the Texas Election Code, if a vacancy occurs in the office of United States Senate, a special election is held on the first "uniform election date" occurring on or after the 36th day after the election is ordered. (In the meantime, the seat is filled by an appointee appointed by the governor.) So, if the vacancy occurs before September 28, 2009 (the most likely scenario), and the governor calls the special election timely as he is required to do if Congress is in session, then the special election to fill the unexpired term would be held on November 3, 2009 (the same date as the City of Houston elections, by the way). If the vacancy occurs after September 29, 2009, but before approximately April 1, 2010, the special election would be held on May 8, 2010. The election would be held on the November 2, 2010 general election day only if Senator Hutchison did not resign until April, 2010, or thereafter -- an extremely unlikely scenario.

“Also, there is no "primary" before the special election for each party to pick its candidate. Your 14 month timeframe suggested to me you thought there would be a primary election in March, 2010 for this position, but that is incorrect. All candidates in both (or all) parties run in the special election and a majority vote is required, so if no one gets more than 50% of the vote, there is a runoff between the top two vote getters (just like in the Chris Bell race going on right now). As we have seen recentlty in Georgia and Louisiana, it's typically harder for Democrats to get our voters out for a lightly attended runoff election a few weeks after a general election than it is to get turnout during a general election……Gerry”

Thanks for setting me straight Mr. Chairman. Of course, I don’t think Hutch will resign before September 28 if a November 3 special is in the works because that would favor H-Town’s Mayor since H-Town would be holding mayoral elections on the same day.

More on this issue later.

“On the advice of my attorney, I won’t be taking questions,” Congressman Jesse Jackson said yesterday at his press conference covered live on CNN to deny wrongdoing in the mess up in Illinois. Hey, don’t answer the press questions so don’t expect to be your state’s next U.S. Senator. That’s the way the ballgame is played these days.

Commentary is not a big soccer fan but I do like the idea of putting the H-Town downtown soccer stadium on the national stimulant list of projects at a cost of only $10 mil since the Dynamo will be putting in over $60 mil. That’s a lot better than some road project.

No news from The Yard at this point is good news for sure these days.

December 11, 2008 9:00AM

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