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Musical Chairs for Williams

By Lee Nichols, August 5, 2011, News

Will Railroad Commissioner Michael Williams finally settle on an office to run for? He was a candidate for Kay Bailey Hutchison's U.S. Senate seat but backed out as that race got increasingly competitive. Then he announced he'd run for the newly created, Fort Worth-area Congressional District 33. But last week he decided to go after CD 25 instead – not a great leap, since the Legislature completely redesigned the district in a bid to oust Austin Democrat Lloyd Doggett from office, and CD 25 now ridiculously runs from Central Austin all the way up to Fort Worth. (Doggett announced he'll run in the new CD 35.) Of course, Williams may not be done playing musical chairs yet – the entire congressional map is facing multiple lawsuits from various minority and Democratic Party groups. A combined hearing is scheduled on the suits in San Antonio on Sept. 6.

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