The Party of Cut and Not Run

RECEIVED Fri., Aug. 25, 2006

Dear Editor,
    With the recent decision of [Ben] Bentzin to drop out of the race [Texas House District 48], maybe we should start calling Texas Republicans the party of cut and not run. It's as if the Republicans are afraid to compete on a level playing field of ideas that are important, such as jobs, education, and health care, not gays, guns, and gestation. This opportunity must be seized not just by Democrats, but by everyone who believes in democracy. Let us not forget that the origin of the Texas, old South, and more recently the national Republican Party was made up of people who left the Democratic Party after the passage of the civil rights bills of the mid-Sixties and people who were, at that time, considered lunatic fringe right-wing wackos.
Chuck Waldrep
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