Day: March 3, 2010

Texas Governor Rick Perry: Is He Our Future?

Texas Republican Governor Rick Perry won a resounding victory against Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison yesterday in their primary race, winning an absolute majority by campaigning against Washington and the federal government, including showing rhetorical support for secession last April.

Despite the backing of Hutchison by former Vice President Dick Cheney and former President George H. W. Bush, Perry was able to come across as a rebel and an outsider, an amazing feat for a Governor who has been in office for ten years, and is the longest serving Governor in Texas history.

Despite the cynicism and ridicule often visited on Perry, he is obviously a factor in the future of the Republican party nationally, and already, there are rumors that he might seek the White House in 2012.

I am sure that Kay Bailey Hutchison, who was a very legitimate conservative in a more measured way with a very respectable Senate record, would be ready to advise all of the various GOP possibilities for the presidential nomination not to write off the possible threat that Perry represents.

This is an establishment figure who, even with the threat of Debra Medina, the Tea Party candidate, who won about 20 percent of the vote, was able to win 52 percent of the vote, so he can claim to have support from disaffected voters.

Perry may seem to be a candidate who will bomb early in a Presidential race, but again, don’t take him as someone to ignore, because he could very well be a major surprise in the 2012 presidential campaign. One ignores Rick Perry at their own risk!

Time For Governor David Paterson To Resign!

New York politics is in such a mess, an embarrassment to all New Yorkers and particularly Democrats! 🙁

First, the very intelligent and capable Eliot Spitzer was forced out on March 17, 2008 after only 14 months in office, due to a call girl scandal. This is a tragedy, as Spitzer, who has tried to redeem himself since through participation in news programs on MSNBC and Bill Maher’s HBO program, could have been one of the future stars of the Democratic party if only he could have behaved in a proper manner!

Lt. Governor David Paterson succeeded him, admitted to extramarital affairs right away, and proceeded to botch up the search for a replacement for Hillary Clinton in the Senate, including alienating the Kennedy family in the way he mistreated Caroline Kennedy, before selecting Kirsten Gillibrand, who is likely to gain reelection, but is not at all inspiring.

Now Paterson has been stupidly involved in a criminal case involving a top aide, taking steps to ask the woman, who was assaulted by his aide, to avoid pursuing the case.

As the NEW YORK TIMES makes clear, this is unacceptable behavior, and it is time for Paterson, almost two years in office, to resign, making for three governors in one term.

The problem is that the appointed Lt. Governor, Richard Ravitch, former head of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, was appointed by Paterson in a way seen by many as illegal, since there is no provision in the state constitution for an appointed replacement for Lt. Governor , but the appointment was upheld by the state courts.

Ravitch would be a caretaker governor, finishing out this year, until the election of the next Governor, likely to be Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, son of the former Governor Mario Cuomo, in November over Rick Lazio, the former Long Island Congressman who also ran against Hillary Clinton in the Senate race of 2000.

With all the budgetary problems faced by New York, this is a real tragedy, but in order to move ahead, it is time for Richard Ravitch to become the caretaker governor, and for David Paterson to disappear into the woodwork, as a disgraced governor, in many ways worse than Eliot Spitzer!