Speaker Race by the Numbers
If 12 challengers leave the members' lobby on Jan. 13 and meet an incumbent departing his chambers at sine die ...
By Richard Whittaker,
6:28PM, Mon. Dec. 29, 2008
As the House Speaker race gets more complicated by the hour, here's some handy numbers that you might want to remember:
13: Members that have filed to run as speaker.
8: Republicans, including incumbent Speaker Tom Craddick, that have filed.
5: Democrats on the slate.
0: People expecting a Dem speaker on Jan. 13.
64: ABCDs, the "Anyone But Craddick" Democrats that have signed Rep. Jim Dunnam's pledge to not go for the incumbent. Who they might vote for remains a mystery.
11: ABCRs, the "Anyone But Craddick" Republicans who met last week to pick a consensus Craddick replacement. The name of the anointed one will be made public on Jan. 2.
3: That's how many names latest hopeful Rep. Dan Gattis, R-Georgetown, says back him for speaker. The list is: Lois Kolkorst, R-Brenham; Mike "Tuffy" Hamilton, R-Mauriceville; and Patricia Harless R-Spring, none of whom were confirmed ABCRs prior to this (Gattis joked to Quorum Report, "I am going to be criticized for only having three, but that's three more than anyone else has announced.")
2: Names still regularly rumored to be thinking about a run: John Smithee, R-Amarillo, and Joe Straus, R-San Antonio.
150: Total number of House seats.
79: Total number of Democrats and Republicans either pledged to not vote for Craddick or pledged to one of his challengers.
You do the math.