Friday, August 26, 2011

Charlie Howard Gets a 3-Way

Republican state representative Charlie “Furniture” Howard has drawn not one but two primary opponents in next year’s elections. Jacquie Chaumette, a member of the Sugar Land city council announced at the beginning of the month. And now Fort Bend ISD Trustee Sonal Bhuchar has declared her candidacy.

Now while I like the idea that two women are ganging up on Charlie Howard, a man who rues the day (actually, today is the anniversary of the day) that women were given their long-denied right to vote, I hate it that they will inevitably split the anti-Howard vote.

Charlie Howard, when he isn’t acting like furniture in the state house, is casting votes that hurts Texans. Hurts Texas schoolchildren.

News that he has two opponents must be making Howard jump for joy. He really wants to stay in office and nearly shot himself in the foot by drawing his own new district boundary in such a way as to put Chaumette’s house in the newly redrawn HD 85 by about 2 or 3 blocks. Chaumette, I was told, moved her residence to deny Howard the satisfaction of knowing that he had pulled yet another fast one.

Had Chaumette not been able to relocate, Howard would have only one opponent, Bhuchar, and she has lots of friends.

So, yes, I am not pleased that Howard has 2 opponents. Republican primary voters are arch-conservatives and like the idea of having a state rep with Neanderthal family values in office. Kicking Charlie Howard out of the state capitol building is hard enough, but this next Republican primary is bound to attract all sorts of TEA Partiers to vote for their darlings, Rick Perry, Michele Bachmann, and who knows, maybe Sarah Palin.

Like my blog title proclaims, I am not overly optimistic.

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