Thursday, December 4, 2008

Kay Bailey Hutchison Eyes Tx Governor's Office

Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison filed papers on December 4th to establish an exploratory committee to run for the Texas governor's office in the 2010 election.

The filing clears the way for Ms. Hutchison to open a campaign office and begin raising money to challenge Gov. Rick Perry for the Republican nomination. Hutchison had $8.6 million in her federal campaign account as of Sept. 30, and virtually all of it could be used for her campaign to over the governor’s office from Perry.

Mr. Perry has said he intends to seek re-election to the office he’s held since 2000, when he succeeded George W. Bush. Ms. Hutchison has increasingly indicated in recent months that she would challenge him.

“While Texas is faring somewhat better economically than many other states, a positive future is not guaranteed. It will take leaders who look ahead to meet the economic and budgetary challenges that are coming,” she said in a prepared statement.

“Texans deserve a governor who, in the context of sound budgetary policies and low taxes, works for quality schools and universities, access to health care for our families, communities safe from crime and drugs, protection of private property rights, safe transportation and a government that listens and responds to them," she said.

“There is too much bitterness, too much anger, too little trust, too little consensus and too much infighting. And the tone comes from the top. Texans are looking for leadership and results.”

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