An epic war is brewing in Texas. Kay Bailey Hutchison is considering leaving the Senate and fighting Perry in the primary and from what’s already going on, it’s going to be a primary that’s spoken about for years.
Republican Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison hasn’t formally announced she’s running for governor, but Texas Republicans are nevertheless gearing up for a knock-down, drag-out 2010 primary brawl between Hutchison and Gov. Rick Perry, a race that will pit the nation’s longest-serving sitting governor against one of its most popular statewide politicians.
Perry’s campaign has already slammed Hutchison as “Kay Bailout Hutchison” because of her support for President George W. Bush’s bailout legislation last year — and Perry’s State of the State address last month focused on the Republican Party’s failures in Washington. It was reported that a Perry operative was recently digging into City Hall documents in search of unfavorable information about Hutchison’s husband, a prominent bond attorney.
Hutchison’s camp has returned fire by portraying Perry as an ineffectual executive who has worn out his welcome in Texas.Even Sarah Palin has gotten into the act, endorsing Perry and suggesting Hutchison was not sufficiently opposed to abortion rights.
A recent poll has her ahead of Perry by 25 percent, she’s extremely popular here in Texas and has won by more than 60 percent every time she’s been up for re-election.
Perry on the other hand only became governor after Bush vacated the position. He’s only been re-elected twice. Once with 59 percent of the vote and the other (in 2006) with 39 percent of the vote.
I am definitely looking forward to Hutchison whipping his ass.