Thursday, February 12, 2009

Governor 14% (and dropping)

POLL: Rick and Kay get personal, but not Kinky. Who gets it?

Who do you support in the 2010 governor's race?

Kay Bailey Hutchison (53.3%)

Rick Perry (13.6%)

Another Republican (1.9%)

A Democrat (27.1%)

An Independent (4.1%)


Randy Beamer
News 4 WOAI-TV
Copyright 2009

And so it begins. Or intensifies. Or gets interesting.

Or something.

However you want to describe it, the expected race between Governor Rick Perry and Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison hit some kind of new level this week with its first real insult.

Perry dissed Hutchison saying " can't even do the (job) that we've hired you to do."

Maybe Perry cranked it up a notch after Paul Burka's Texas Monthly cover story called their fight for the Republican nomination for governor in 2010 "The Thrilla in Vanilla" with a "demure" Senator Kay taking on the "straightlaced" Governor Rick.

So maybe the governor was trying to prove he has a little street-fighter inside his straightlaces. And that a battle pitting former Aggie yell-leader and Eagle Scout Rick against former Longhorn cheerleader sorority sister Kay doesn't have to be all vanilla.

Whatever inspired it, that one little jab led to more ink, blogs, Web hits and general buzz than anything their expected race has seen before. I think I actually heard a couple of people who aren't political junkies talk about it. I could be wrong.

So let the polls begin.

By the way, we'll get to Kinky Friedman soon. The humorist/author/musician/cable news pundit got his own share of ink and blogs this week by telling the Associated Press (again) that he may run for governor again.

But that's for another poll. Soon. After all we have a mere 13 months left before the primaries.

This one is focused on Rick and Kay.

And try to keep your posts here semi-clean and barely tasteful -- if not exactly vanilla.

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