Monday, June 13, 2005

Courage for Congress

It is official, John Courage of San Antonio will challenge Lamar Smith in CD-21. Courage announced recently that he will be running a second time, and has already visited Austin, Dripping Springs, and San Marcos.

This is going to be good race to watch. Last time Lamar Smith was able to just ignore Courage, but this time around the DCCC, TDP, and activist are targeting Smith because of his involvement in the on-going ethics complaints against DeLay and his unpopular stance on the environment and corporate accountability.

John's website is up but under reconstruction and I encourage you to all check it out here.


At 9:04 PM, Blogger Enrique said...

John is a good man. And Lamar is a tool. To win John needs to make some inroads in the smaller cities along the I35 corridor, Live Oak, Schertz, Universal City. He also has to tap into voter discontent. Wish I could be more specific here. My best guess is there may be some gold in what's happening or not happening with the Retama Race track as well as the sprawl issues that played so well in Helotes and to a lesser extent Boerne.

At 7:51 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Talk about a pointless cause. You fight the fights you can win, not scurry around in defeat. Obviously wasting money and resources on a another hopeless attempt is what some people are good at. Be realistic and stop dreaming. Only a Moderate Republican could unseat Smith and that would still be very difficult.

At 9:47 AM, Blogger Matt Glazer said...

The district was once 14 counties. It is now 4 or 5. This is a district that has elected a Democrat twice in Dripping Springs for the state legislature-- Patrick Rose.

This is a district that supports environmental protection and gave Rhett Smith 35% of the vote. This is a district that has a Chip Haass as a city council member in San Antonio and included a large chunck of Austin that Lamar Smith barely wins.

This is a district that a Democrat can win, and now is the time to campaign there. Lamar Smith is handcuffed to DeLay's ethics problems, and a district changing against his will.

If people will volunteer their time, pound some turf, make some calls, or give up a couple of bucks there will be Courage in Congress.

At 9:48 AM, Blogger Matt Glazer said...

If nothing else, at least someone is challenging this guy. At least someone is fighting to make a difference and is not content with the status quo.


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