The Austin Chronicle

The Return of Mary Beth Harrell

By Lee Nichols, July 18, 2007, 3:46pm, Newsdesk

The adage that politics makes strange bedfellows is certainly coming true for former District 31 congressional candidate Mary Beth Harrell lately. During last year’s race for the Central Texas district (which includes all of Williamson County), the Democrat quite rightly screamed bloody murder when Killeen PBS affiliate KNCT refused to air a documentary that focused specifically on her challenge to Rep. John Carter (a decision later reversed). Now, she is on KNCT every week with her own public affairs program, Insight With Mary Beth Harrell. The program airs Thursdays at 7:30pm.

And tomorrow (Thursday) morning, Harrell wraps up a three-day stint filling in for far-right radio host Lynn Woolley on Temple’s KTEM (1400AM, 8-11am). Now that’s definitely an odd matchup: Harrell’s opposition to the Bush administration’s Iraq policy was a centerpiece of her campaign, while Woolley steadfastly supports the war. But Harrell said she and the arch-conservative bonded over the issue of animal welfare: “He's into greyhound rescue and he helped to get the new million dollar city shelter built in Temple … Lynn and I actually get along quite well.” If you’re too far south to get KNCT, each week’s episode gets archived at

Copyright © 2021 Austin Chronicle Corporation. All rights reserved.