Here are the Chronicle editorial board's endorsements for the May 27 party primary run-offs. There are only two races on the Democratic side, and we're between a rock and a hard place on one of those. We make no recommendations on the GOP side; when David Dewhurst starts looking good by comparison, it's time to punt. See more info at austinchronicle.com/election.
Taking out incumbent Republican John Cornyn will be a tough challenge. While in the first round we felt that El Paso-based civil rights attorney Maxey Scherr had the better political skills, on the differing battleground of the primary we endorse Dallas-based dental tycoon and philanthropist David Alameel. While relatively politically inexperienced, he has the deep pockets to take on Cornyn. And he's far better than opponent Kesha Rogers, a Houston-based DINO (Democrat in Name Only), Lyndon LaRouche supporter whose constant comparisons of President Obama to Hitler are tasteless, demeaning to the electoral process, and just plain nuts.
Sad times for Democrats. Finally, they have two solid candidates – Sens. Wendy Davis and Leticia Van de Putte – at the top of the ticket, but that's counterbalanced by raw incompetence in this race. On one side, huckster and self-publicist Kinky Friedman. On the other, insurance agent Jim Hogan. Neither has any political skills or actual experience. Both seem to be in this race either as hobbyists, or for pure ego. There's an argument (see below) that Friedman is a useful idiot, who will at least keep the discussion of pot legalization alive in the upcoming months. But the Dems need real candidates for this vital office, not one-note placard wavers. It's a wash, and one more Dem cycle in the wilderness. – News Staff
The fact of the matter is, a Republican (Sid Miller or Tommy Merritt) will be elected in the fall. Also running will be either Kinky or Jim Hogan, who's declining to campaign at all. If Kinky is nominated, he'll travel around the state for five months, talking about our failed pot prohibition policy, apparently his chosen issue, and because he's Kinky, it'll get press, and response. And if Hogan is nominated, there won't be a campaign at all. I don't have to be a big admirer of Kinky Friedman to prefer one outcome to the other. – Nick Barbaro
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