Debra Medina has been on a talking tour of Texas to win support for her run in the Republican primary race for the Texas governor's spot. And last night she spoke in Midland about the principles she would adhere to if she gets voters' support. Today's MR-T tells all about it in Gubernatorial candidate Medina woos Midlanders with anti-Washington talk. Well, it was a friendly audience, and while I can't speak for anyone else, I came away feeling adequately wooed.
I jotted down some of Ms. Medina's quotable remarks, but it looks like many of those same quotes appear in Kathleen Thurber's MR-T article. (Damn, she's good.)
Regarding property rights, "Property ownership is as essential to freedom as air and water."
Regarding government's response to the Fort Hood shootings, "Our leaders should tell us to buy a gun, learn to use it, and keep it with you."
We need to "get the federal government out of agriculture, energy and education in Texas."
"The government needs to get out of the way and let people produce."
Ms. Medina is in a tough race. Her opponents, incumbent Rick Perry and challenger Kay Bailey Hutchison, are entrenched career politicians with firm ties to the political machines. But so far 2010 has been a year of political upsets. The earth is shifting under a lot of entrenched pols, and much of voters' anger is aimed at the politicians who've been in positions where they could have done something to try to head off the problems facing voters. Campaign consultants are probably working overtime to figure out ways to convince voters that their candidates are part of the solution and not part of the problem and get far enough ahead of the movement so that they don't flattened by it.
Can Ms. Medina displace Perry and Hutchison? It's too soon to predict, but she certainly makes a impression, and she gains adherents everywhere she goes. Texas Republicans have been saying they want smaller government, but politicians haven't delivered. Here's a chance for voters to tip over the old apple cart.