Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Republican Primary Statewide Endorsement List
"My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge."
We hadn't intended to post a statewide candidate list. Enough people have asked us to do so, however, that we humbly oblige. We are flattered and honored that you value our opinion.
Governor: Greg Abbott
This is the easiest call on the list. Rick Perry has been, on net, an outstanding Governor. Greg Abbott has been a critical ally. Where they differ, the differences favor Abbott. While we urge Abbott to be much more confrontational with the legislature, maintaining the status quo Rick Perry bequeaths is already a big win.
Lt. Governor: NO ENDORSEMENT.
Attorney General: Ken Paxton (previously endorsed).
Continuing to nurse hurt feelings over something that happened three years ago, during a different era in Tea Party history, is insane; Vote Ken Paxton.
Comptroller: Debra Medina
This is the toughest call of the 2014 cycle. In our view, Debra Medina is the candidate whose natural talents align closest with the duties of comptroller. As Texas' chief financial officer, the Comptroller deals with money. A long time Ron Paul confidant, Medina has a knack for fiscal policy we've always admired. We expect Medina to be a gigantic pain in the ass to a lot of people who deserve one.
That being said, many people we know and respect support Glenn Hegar. That's fine, Glenn Hegar is a good man who was very helpful behind the scenes. If he wins, he will perform solidly.
Unlike Debra Medina, there is an actual Joe Straus lieutenant in this race. Cahnman's Musings would prefer not to help build his name recognition or website traffic. Empower Texans has everything you need to know here.
Land Commissioner: David Watts Jr.
The current Land Commissioner has abused his office in a way that makes it impossible to support his campaign for Lt. Gov. David Watts Jr. is the only candidate to address this abuse. While we're discussing this race, Cahnman's Musings has also had enough of politicians named George Bush, thank you very much.
Agriculture Commissioner: Sid Miller
Sid Miller isn't perfect. Unfortunately, the alternatives are a buffoon, a Democrat, or Tommy Merritt. We reserve the right to support Kinky Friedman in the general.
Railroad Commissioner: Wayne Christian
Despite the name, the Texas Rail Road Commission is the primary regulator of Texas booming energy sector. To be honest, we wanted Wayne Christian to run for U.S. Senate, but he's running for Railroad Commission instead. As commissioner, Wayne Christian will protect fracking and anger the business as usual crowd.
U.S. Senate: Steve Stockman (previously endorsed)
Last week, John Cornyn re-enforced everything we knew. While good people disagree on the best alternative, the objective this round is only to hold Cornyn under 50%. Personally, we believe Steve Stockman is a pest similar to (retired NHL star) Esa Tikkannen, which is exactly what the U.S. Senate needs.
Texas Supreme Court: Re-elect ALL incumbents
This is the Jeremiah 17:9 race of this cycle.
Over the past two months, there's been a Democrat-financed whisper campaign against incumbent Texas Supreme Court Justices Nathan Hecht, Phil Johnson, and Jeff Brown. Cahnman's Musings was offered this story as an exclusive last December. We were astonished when the person who fed us this story admitted the purpose was to embarrass Rick Perry.
Fortunately, the truth has emerged. Anyone who supports the challengers is, at best, a useful idiot for Steve Mostyn. It's a shame certain people chose to permanently tarnish thier credibility.
Cahnman's Musings also encourages readers to do their own homework regarding candidates closer to home; off the top of our head, we know readers in Bexar, Dallas, and Tarrant counties have local primaries with statewide implications.
Those are our primary endorsements, take the or leave them.