Odds and ends mostly odds from under the pink granite dome
Brad McClellan, son of Comptroller Carole Keeton Strayhorn, has demanded an apology from a Texas Republican Party official who likened Strayhorn's courtship of Democratic primary voters to a "one-night stand." As the Statesman quoted party executive director Jeff Fisher in an Aug. 14 article, "It's one thing when a candidate tries to invite like-minded conservative Democrats and independents to make a lasting commitment to the Republican Party. It's quite another to encourage liberals to vote in the primary like a one-night stand." Strayhorn, a GOP candidate for governor, will face Gov. Rick Perry in the 2006 primary. In an Aug. 15 letter to each member of the party's executive committee, McClellan, who serves as Strayhorn's campaign manager, defended his mother's honor. "My mom, like former President Ronald Reagan, believes in the 'Big Tent' theory," McClellan wrote. "If we are going to be the majority Party for years to come, we must encourage voters to join our Party." As of Tuesday, Fisher's "one-night stand" quote was still featured prominently on Perry's campaign Web site. A.S.