Friday, July 14, 2006

Blackland Coalition PAC endorses Strayhorn


Strayhorn gets group's support

July 14, 2006

Compiled from staff and wire reports
Austin American-Statesman
Copyright 2006

Comptroller Carole Keeton Strayhorn, prevailing over two other challengers to Gov. Rick Perry, Thursday received the endorsement of a rural group formed to oppose the governor's pet transportation project.

The Blackland Coalition political action committee picked Strayhorn — a former Austin mayor, former Democrat and now former Republican running as an independent — over Democrat Chris Bell and independent Kinky Friedman. All three appeared at a well-attended coalition event in March near Temple to ask for the group's support.

The coalition formed in 2005 to oppose the Trans-Texas Corridor, Perry's dream of a network of cross-country toll roads in Texas. The first road, paralleling Interstate 35, under the current draft environmental document would run east of the interstate and cut through the rich Blackland Prairie farm swath.

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