I tell you it just can't get any odder (did I just have deja vue, or did I really write that before?)
Texas CD-22 now has a Democratic candidate, my man Nick Lampson, a Libertarian candidate, Bob Smither, and THREE write-in candidates, Shelley Sekula-Gibbs, Don Richardson and Joe Reasbeck.
Well, let's play some catch up first.
First, last night Bob Dunn broke the news about Don Richardson. Yesterday evening he called Richardson on the phone and asked him why his name was still on the write-in candidate list for CD-22. Turns out Don wanted the RNC to put it in writing that they would cough up the promised 3 or is it 4 million dollars to the Sekula-Gibbs campaign, and conpensate him for his filing fee. Then he would remove his name.
This gave the RNC an easy out, because we all knew that they weren't going to pay up. As I noted on a previous posting, the money would be provided with the agreement of the Texas Republican Congressional Delegation (who would rather spend the funds on table dances). Don kept his name on the write-in list and that nixed the deal that never actually existed in the first place.
But at the last minute, a THIRD name appeared on the list of write-in candidates. I was thinking this would happen. What better way to get your 15 minutes of fame than to file as a write-in candidate in this race. All you have to do is come up with the filing fee.
Joe Reasbeck is running for US Congress in Texas CD-22.
No one knows who Joe Reasbeck is. He doesn't have a voting record in Texas. PeopleSearch and ZabaSearch come up with one Joe Reasbeck in the Lake Travis area, and Google just gives you a Wisconsin Joe Reasbeck who rassles and another, or maybe they're the same person because he is from Superior, Wisconsin, who has rather strident views on the Iraq War - ones that make Don Rumsfeld's views positively dovish.
And that's it.
C'mon Joe, call a press conference. Let's get a real feeding frenzy going here.