Monday, June 20, 2005

Juan Garcia Shake Up

Juan Garcia kicked up a stir just mentioning he might run for US Senate, and then he disappeared with out a trace. After nearly one month of speculating what Lt. Commander Garcia was going to do to win the primary, we finally have our answer. Juan Garcia will not be running for US Senate.

Bogey McDuff over at Et Cetera has the latest comment from Garcia in a well written letter highlighting both his experience and hinting at his future plans.

Let me first say I like Juan Garcia as a candidate, and I think that Barbara Radnofsky is dodging a bullet on this one. Juan will be great, but like Kuff has said, the guy needs to start lower down the ballot.

Garcia admits that he was originally asked to run against Gene Seaman. This is a district that is tight to say the least. It responds best to moderate candidates. In fact, HD 32 is based on the military that actually likes Democrats for the most part because of its relation to Hinojosa's district.

This is the race Juan needs to run. He will be able to develop some needed connections, get some great experience in being a candidate, and most importantly, he will have some good practice actually legislating. Looking at Bogey's blog, Juan should run in his home HD 32. My only fear is that he looking at US Congress now and not seeing this great opportunity to run and win.


At 1:37 PM, Anonymous Seth Davidson said...

Texas has a Democratic Senate candidate. Her name is Barbara Radnofsky. She has issue stances, political experience, has been running hard for almost two years, and has significant endorsements all across the political spectrum due to her moderate and problem-solving approach. Her efforts are worthy of your support and of your attention.

At 2:58 PM, Blogger roses said...

Who's dodging a bullet? I'd say Garcia's the one who's gun-shy. Radnofsky looks like the real hero to me, showing the guts to stay in a tough fight.

At 3:14 PM, Blogger Matt Glazer said...

I completely agree. Barbara Radnofsky is great candidate.

My statement refers to the fact that she is better organized, has more money, and most of the key endorsements. This is a standard equation that causes most opponents to go negative in a primary. Negatives attacks would have only hurt her against a very popular KBH.

I do think Juan Garcia will also be a great candidate on a more local level, and this is a guy that could be impressive in the future.

I encourage every to go see her speak in San Antonio this Saturday.

At 3:40 PM, Blogger roses said...

I see what you mean now. I think BAR is a terrific candidate who has a very real chance of winning, given enough support. I also think (and hope) that by now Democrats see the necessity of coming through with some significant support to ensure that Barbara and other Democratic candidates get elected in 2006.

At 5:01 AM, Blogger Othniel said...

Barbara proved at Stubbs that she can effectively lead the Democratic Ticket in 2006, when she was selected to speak first, stir the crowd and introduce Molly Ivins. For more on Barbara's presence at DemFest see,

I also hope everyone will see her in San Antonio Saturday. She will be at Dan Graney's for a brunch, as JAB pointed out in another post, and will speak Saturday afternoon at the Tejano Democrats convention. If you are in San Antonio and cannot make the brunch email Dan and consider getting him a donation for Barbara Ann so he can show her how much support she has in San Antonio. Dan's email (as JAB posted earlier) is


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