Morales Doing the Nasty
Morales recalled the history of Sanchez's Tesoro Savings and Loan, which failed in the Eighties to the tune of a $161 million dollar federal bailout. He said Sanchez's record "as a businessman" is a legitimate cause of voter concern, and went on to charge that Sanchez "should have known" that in 1983 and 1984, drug dealers were laundering $25 million through Tesoro. (The same charges were echoed a day later by the state Republican Party.) Sanchez responded that federal agencies had cleared Tesoro of any wrongdoing, and he called Morales' charges "kicks from a drowning man." In an Austin campaign rally, during which Sanchez emphasized primary school education and health insurance reform, state Sen. Gonzalo Barrientos denounced Morales for his attacks. "He has no shame," said Barrientos.
The early poll numbers also suggest that the two frontrunners may be headed for a runoff, since Houston lawyer John WorldPeace and Bill Lyon of Waxahachie between them are polling about 15% -- perhaps enough to deny a majority either to Sanchez or Morales.