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Friday, July 30, 2004

Potential Candidates for 2006

Senator: Houston trial laywer Barbara Radnofsky has already formed an exploratory committee and has, according to her, raised $90,000 (though she also said she has spent $45,000). 2002 nominee Ron Kirk could give another try, and many in the State Party are still partial to the dream they had for him just two short years ago. He would have made a great senator. Jim Turner, a Congressman from Crockett who has been redistricted out of his seat, has already said he will probably run for either Governor or Senator. Which one will it be? Time will tell.

Governor: There are rumors around that Tony Sanchez wants to try again. His presence at the state convention in June hints towards that as well. I think he would have trouble getting out of a primary after his showing against Governor Goodhair in 2002. Houston Congressman and attacker de The Hammer Chris Bell has told some friends (including Radnofsky) that he is leaning towards running for Governor. Bell has also been reportedly interested in Attorney General, after losing the March Primary to Al Green following the re-redistricting. Will John Sharp run again? I think so, but not for Governor. Some think he is the best candidate, but I'm not convinced. Other potential candidates for Governor include Austin adman Roy Spence, former Austin mayor Kirk Watson, 1998 Gubernatorial nominee Garry Mauro, former Congressman Ken Bentsen and one of the men who has yet to lose their congressional seats: Max Sandlin, Martin Frost, Charlie Stenholm and Chet Edwards the most attractive candidates of the five (excluding Lampson).

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