The Contenders

In their own words

Daniel Scott Grant
Daniel Scott Grant (Photo by John Anderson)
Larry Joe Doherty
Larry Joe Doherty (Photo by John Anderson)

Sure, most voters are turned off by mudslinging, but on Election Day, a voter has to ask: Why is this candidate better than the other one? In that vein, we asked each of the Democratic CD 10 candidates not to sling mud but to tell us what made him better than his primary opponent. – L.N.

Grant on Doherty: "I'm disinclined to speak negatively of a fellow Democrat, just out of principle, so what I tend to say is that Larry Joe Doherty is a very good man, but he will be beaten by McCaul in the general election. In contrast, Mike McCaul has styled himself as an expert on foreign policy and domestic security, but he's never been called out on it; he's never been challenged on it. Within a few weeks of my announcing my candidacy formally, he had shifted his position on Iraq, and that was no coincidence. And it's not because of Larry Joe Doherty. I'm the greater threat. Larry Joe is ... I'm having a hard time determining what he's running for."

Doherty on Grant: "The differences between Dan and me can't be bridged. Dan can't have the experiences I've had. Dan hasn't represented people; I have. Dan's not as old as me, but someday he will be. I have background in the rural community, I have service in the rural community, and I have experience in Harris County, and Dan doesn't have any of that. We're going to have to convince some people that were gerrymandered because of their prejudice against Democrats to vote for us. They're going to look for maturity and experience. I'm not running against Dan. I'm running against Michael McCaul because I can beat him, and when the voters realize that, I'll win the primary. If I don't, they'll get a candidate that can't."

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