Friday, August 14, 2020

#TXLEGE: News and notes from Bryan Slaton

"Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,"
Hebrews 12:1

There been a decent amount of keyboard strokes spilled over Bryan Slaton's recent interview over his discussion of Greg Abbott's negative coattails. That's fine. It's certainly an important topic. And we largely agree with the conclusions.

That being said, there's a lot more there that's worthy of consideration.

  • Running the third time is VERY rare.
  • Incumbents tend to have accumulated loyalty.
  • Decided to run for the third time after the Bonnen/Chris McNutt incident.
    • The Bonnen/Sullivan recording confirmed it.
  • Dan Flynn was apparently, quite literally, spitting mad in defense of Bonnen.
  • Over the course of multiple campaigns, Slaton got know his community MUCH better.
  • By the third run, he'd built relationships in the community that hadn't exists five years earlier.
  • "The things that helped me most were out of my control."
    • Third candidate.
    • Delayed runoff due to COVID.
    • Abbott's self-immolation.
  • Appraisals should come out before the primary.
  • Re: next session -- Need a speaker who's "a leader" and "fair."
    • "Let the vote happen."
    • "Don't try to manipulate everything."

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