Mayor Tom on Kay Bailey's Announcement

No, no, it has nothing to do with whether or not Tom Leppert's going to run for her Senate seat following today's bit o' breaking news. Sorry. That announcement's still a few weeks off -- after the Super Bowl, that's my guess. Chris Heinbaugh, the mayor's chief of staff, sends this instead:
"I want to join with so many Texans in thanking Kay for her outstanding service to our state and our nation. Clearly she has been a strong advocate and has fought tenaciously for the interests of Texas. In addition, she has been a good friend and champion of Dallas."

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Could Gov. Perry be interested in Kay Bay's seat? He said again and again he doesn't want to run for President and wants to concentrate on Texas business. Well, he could still do that as a senator...or maybe his high-profile job as Texas Governor would be too hard to give up.

I don't think Mayor Tom has a chance...but if he does get it...maybe he figures in Washington he can help scrounge up more money for his ill-fated Trinity Toll Road and whip up some more money to fix them levees!

Hard to figure this playa.


According to the Washington Post, Dewhurst is "leaning toward" running for the seat as well. I assume he means that in the same way that I'm "leaning toward" going to the bathroom in the next 24 hours, which is to say it's going to happen.

If nothing else, the GOP primary should make for good dinner theater.



My bet is that he does it beforehand unless he fears Dewhurst will jump in. He'll get plenty of media attention during the Superbowl, so why not exploit it?


As you explore the mayoral race, don't make the mistake seen elsewhere of insisting that an incumbent City Council member must resign in order to run for mayor. The City Charter reads:

"A member of the city council shall forfeit his or her place on the council if he or she becomes a candidate for nomination or election to any public office other than a place on the city council or if he or she becomes a candidate for election to any different place on the city council that requires taking office prior to the end of his or her elective term."

So assuming Mayor Leppert serves out his term, candidates from within council need not resign their seats.

Robert Wilonsky
Robert Wilonsky

That's my point -- he'd announce immediately following the Super Bowl. Like, a day or two after. After he's been all over news as Mayor of City People Actually Partied In During Super Bowl Week. Or perhaps he'd even announce during Super Bowl week, when the cameras are here. But I wouldn't expect anything till first week o' Feb., when filing opens. Which means he'll announce tomorrow, no doubt.

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