Wednesday, June 01, 2005

Congressional District 21

The session is over which can only mean one thing, time to speculate who is running for office and where!

The buzz is that John Courage may challenge Lamar Smith again. Courage is a San Antonio teacher and former challenger to Smith in 2002. In 2002 Smith received 73% of the vote and raised over $700,000 compared to Courage's 25% and a little over $150,000. Some view this as a long shot seat, and I couldn't disagree more.

Last year Rhett Smith garnered 35% of the vote and was only 6,000 votes away from winning Austin. This is a candidate that was originally running for President and after his loss decided to run for the Mayor of San Antonio.

If John Courage runs for this position he could win. Lamar Smith is directly connected to DeLay and company and could be married to his on-going ethics problems. John already has name recognition from running for both Congress and the Democratic chair in Bexar county. The only challenge is money.

This aside if John Courage runs, this could be the first time in a long time we have put up strong challengers against Smith and DeLay, as well as, have candidates for Senate, Governor, and other positions down the ballot. I for one hope this rumor turns to truth and the second it does I will let you all know.


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