Congressman Confirms Leppert's Senate Run

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U.S. Representative David Dreier
While Republican Tom Leppert hasn't exactly been coy about his plans to mount a campaign for the U.S. Senate seat soon to be vacated by Kay Bailey Hutchison, U.S. Representative David Dreier confirmed Leppert's intentions late last night. He told the Forum, Claremont McKenna College's newspaper, that a fellow CMC graduate "is running for [Senate]."

Dreier, a 30-year congressman from California, graduated from CMC in 1975. Leppert graduated two years later.

The story also quotes a CMC government professor who considers Leppert to be a strong candidate.

"He has won in a constituency that is not a cakewalk for a Republican," Jack Pitney told the paper. "He has a strong business background, and he doesn't have the taint of a professional politician."

Doesn't have the taint of a professional politician? Really?

We've heard from a couple sources that Leppert plans to make his announcement and resign from his position as mayor on Monday, at which point Mayor Pro Tem Dwaine Caraway would assume the job.

In the comments of the Leppert story, we also learned about a lesser-known candidate for Hutchison's seat. Her website doesn't offer much info, but we've posted her pic after the jump. Enjoy.

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Lela Pittenger of Driftwood


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Jamo
Jamo

If it looks like slime and it smells like slime, then it's probably slime. Welcome to Washington, Senator Leppert.

scottindallas
scottindallas

once upon a time people sent their wack-jobs to Washington to get rid of them. But they figured out how to get their greedy tentacles into everything.

space2k
space2k

But her web site has a picture of a little boy waving an AMERICAN FLAG in the sunset! She's got my vote!

fitzgerald
fitzgerald

Michael Williams will beat Leppert like a drum...........clean his clock, etc.

Wylie H.
Wylie H.

How does sitting on two key board of directors' committees charged with the oversight of Washington Mutual leading up and including the period the company collapsed, constituting the largest bank failure in American history give one a "strong business background?"

Tom L (No, Not That L)
Tom L (No, Not That L)

Socialist hotel aside, I pray that his opponents do a little digging on his Trinity Riverbottom Tollway activities.

Montemalone
Montemalone

How is Pitney so familiar with Leppert's taint?

Guest
Guest

Lela Pittenger is quite the SCILF

John_McKee
John_McKee

It is amazing that someone handpicked by the Dallas Citizens Council to run for mayor managed to succeed in Dallas, it's like the little known authors that somehow manage to sell a lot of books with nothing more than an endorsement by Oprah, truly a triumph of determination.

Tad Banyon
Tad Banyon

Yeah she's pretty cute. But its hard to know anything about a candidate until you've examined her taint...

KSK
KSK

Great, now he can do nothing useful at the national level.

DoubleOJoe
DoubleOJoe

First impression of Ms. Pittenger: Wow, she's cute.

I know, I'm a pig.

Revised impression on opening her very uninformative website: Wow, that's a lot of far-right buzzwords. Please don't be Texas' version of Christine O'Donnell.

Jay Hawk
Jay Hawk

A cakewalk? Really? Until Leppert made it so, the mayor's office was a non-partisan position.

John_McKee
John_McKee

He has the typical taint of a republican, spend, spend, spend on corporate handouts and favors, not pay for any of it and then when the s**t hits the fan cut spending on essential services and social programs, then blame the democrats.

I can't wait until the teabaggers hear about comrade Tom's socialist hotel, I kid of course, they would only care if it was something for the poor and average citizens of our city, luxury hotels don't count.

Montemalone
Montemalone

In repub circles, that's considered a success.

scottindallas
scottindallas

see that pointed chin, she has that white inbred look. Sorry but a lot of whites look inbred to me. My half breed children are genetically superior to yours!

Jay Hawk
Jay Hawk

She has a link to a Phyllis Schlafly column on her "Lela for Senate" Facebook page. Not sure if the Eagle Forum would be in favor of women in the Senate.

richard schumacher
richard schumacher

And we keep voting for them. When and why did so many Americans become 'tards? Brain damage from leaded gasoline? Concussions during Pop Warner football?

scottindallas
scottindallas

"He has the typical taint of a republican, spend, spend, spend on corporate handouts and favors, not pay for any of it and then when the s**t hits the fan cut spending on essential services and social programs, then blame the democrats."

Damn, that might fit on a bumper sticker, but no one could read it.

Jack E. Jett
Jack E. Jett

If she is associated with Schlafly and the Eagle Forum, she most likely has had her snatch sewn up. Those women are frigid infinity.

DoubleOJoe
DoubleOJoe

Yeah, my batshit-crazy-o-meter just pegged out.

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