Meet the Republicans Who Are Lining Up for Wendy Davis' Senate Seat

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Wendy Davis
Wendy Davis still hasn't declared whether or not she plans to run for Governor. If she does, she'll face a formidable challenge in Attorney General Greg Abbott, Rick Perry's all-but-anointed successor. If she doesn't, she faces a challenge that's almost as formidable, winning re-election in a Republican-leaning district where she barely eked out a victory in November.

Regardless of what Davis decides, Republicans are salivating at the prospect of taking her Senate seat. So far, three main candidates have emerged on the right (The Dallas Morning News has a roundup of Democrats who may be lining up in case she makes the leap). They are:

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Mark Shelton
Shelton never really ended his bid to unseat Davis. Despite a narrow loss in November in last year's nastiest and most expensive legislative race (he demanded she be investigated for "possible criminal activity" over ethics violations and accused her of "protect[ing] child molesters and sexual predators"; she blasted him for refusing to help rape victims), Shelton was ready to jump back into the fray two months later when he learned Davis had drawn the post-redistricting short straw that reduced her four-year term to two.

So District 10 voters are already well-acquainted with Shelton, but here's a quick review. He's a two-term state representative and pediatrician at Cook's Children's Hospital in Fort Worth (his campaign materials never fail to feature a photo of him in his doctor's coat). In 2012, his fiscal conservatism earned the endorsement of the Northeast Tarrant Tea Party, though he's unlikely to get their nod in 2014 (see below).

That doesn't mean that Shelton is ceding the ultra-conservative vote. Last month, he penned a lengthy blog post offering his "response to some troubling events," including the U.S. Supreme Court's decisions and the Voting Rights Act and, naturally, Wendy Davis' abortion filibuster. Referring to his own 31-year union as a "Blessed Christian Marriage," he criticized the DOMA decision as "smug and intolerant." He praised the court's ruling that Article 4 of the VRA is unconstitutional and Attorney General Greg Abbott's decision to immediately implement the state's voter ID law ("of which I am proud to have been a co-author") but wrung his hands over Democrats' continuing resistance to the measure. "Of note, we had to show a photo ID to obtain a 3-day out of state fishing license. Too bad an election wasn't going on at that time, as I probably could have voted!"

And then there was the filibuster, which "was really ALL ABOUT WENDY DAVIS," he writes. "She, with her followers, all far left democrats and President Obama, believe in taxpayers funding of abortion and late term abortion. Period. Wendy Davis basically filibustered for a lower standard of care for women having abortions than for other surgical procedures."


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Konni Burton
Burton is the reason why Shelton probably won't get the Tea Party stamp of approval this time around. The wedding consultant is a dedicated NE Tarrant Tea Party activist who served as its vice president. Just before the most recent legislative session, she was also appointed to Senator Dan Patrick's Tea Party Caucus Advisory Committee.

Given that, her list of legislative priorities is unsurprising: minimal government; school choice; fighting Obamacare; fighting Planned Parenthood; gun rights; protection of "our Texas values of life and the family unit." She expounds upon that last point in an online campaign video released on Wednesday:

It also doesn't come as much of a surprise that she prominently touts a passing name-drop by Senator Ted Cruz and the endorsement of former GOP chair and Right Wing Watch regular Cathie Adams. "Konni's dedication to God, family and country provides a stark contrast to the incumbent's extremist views."

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Mark Skinner
A good deal of what you need to know about Mark Skinner is contained in his campaign slogan, which is plastered on the banner that sits at the top of his website: "All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing."

Skinner, a commercial real estate broker and former member of the Colleyville City Council, doesn't really delve into his definition of "evil" -- his campaign blog is an unremarkable collection of conservative boilerplate -- but as someone running a grassroots campaign for the Texas legislature, he doesn't really have to.

"We are fighting to unseat Wendy Davis so the values of Tarrant County, not Washington DC, will be reflected in Austin," he writes. "Given the attention lavished by left leaning media, it will require a substantial campaign to accomplish our objective."



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John1073
John1073

I'm trying to wrap my head around why people claim to be "tea party" and want "freedom" but want to regulate how you get married, how you deal with your vagina, etc. It sounds to be like it is just more of the same right wing bullshit from the Republican Party. Oh wait. It is.

Obummer
Obummer

Yo az longz az Sandra Fluke be get’n her freez birf controlz pillz what diff’ do it makez?

Montemalone
Montemalone topcommenter

I'm so sick of these idiots and their hypocritical blathering.

Pro Life! But I'll shoot the first motherfucker that steps on my lawn.

I'm a Doctor and I vow to abolish Medicare, Medicaid, and the  Affordable Care Act, even though as a children's doc most of my income comes from these programs.

I think I'll volunteer for Wendy's campaign. I'd love to see her win and see all those limp dick repub assfucks choke on their own bile.

Neckbone
Neckbone

StormFront itself couldn't field a finer Aryan princess to champion the abortion of little brown Hispanic babies than Wendy Davis. Even her name drips with Texas white pride and purity. I can see why she has so many admirers around here. She's the last great white hope.

I'll give her this, though. Her, um, platform is certainly firmly out front and forward looking. Can't argue with those two issues at all.

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

Wendy comes from an entirely different culture than those republican peckerwoods.  She stands out from the drek so much that the national media is getting excited about her future.  Her popularity on the national stage is a welcome relief from the derision the rest of America casts at the Texas far-right ruling party hacks.

RTGolden1
RTGolden1 topcommenter

"We are fighting to unseat Wendy Davis..." tells me all I need to know.  These people aren't running FOR anything, they're just running AGAINST Davis.  This is why I don't vote Rep or Dem anymore, they never bring anything to the table, just that they're NOT that other person/party.  Tell me what you're going to DO, then go do it.

If I lived in her district, I'd vote for her just based on the fact that she stated her beliefs on a topic, announced a course of action, and followed through on it.  Even though I disagree with her on parts of the abortion bill,   I respect her conviction and her guts in standing for what she felt was the right course.  I don't believe we can expect any of these three yahoos to do the same.


And the hooters would be a plus.

ruddski
ruddski

If I were a Texas voter, I'd vote for them hooters. Twice.

Eric Smith
Eric Smith

The line forms to the right. The far right. I think Davis would be a fool to not declare for a statewide race (Lieutenant Governor might make more sense than governor). If she loses a statewide race, she still raises her profile. If she loses her seat instead of giving it up, she risks falling into obscurity.

P1Gunter
P1Gunter

Can you please address whether or not Wendy has fake honkers? They look so in that photo.

CitzenKim
CitzenKim

Dear God, are you telling me I'm going to have ANOTHER 3 months of those f$%&ing TV commercials with the actor in the Wendy Davis mask??!!

TheCredibleHulk
TheCredibleHulk topcommenter

If Shelton ever wants to get really serious about politics, he's going to need a poorly fitted hairpiece.

TheCredibleHulk
TheCredibleHulk topcommenter

@Neckbone 

I know you cons are worried we won't have enough brown-skinned cannon fodder for your empire building endeavors of the next 50 years, but that's OK. I think those Quiver-full folk like the Duggars will keep popping out little Christians by the dozens to fill your ranks.

CogitoErgoSum
CogitoErgoSum topcommenter

@Neckbone Less meth and less Alex Jones would do you some good.

animas
animas

  Texas "far right ruling party hacks"-AKA the "Deliverance" wing of the Repub Party.

animas
animas

Davis is my senator and she is a very bright woman.

Mervis
Mervis

Yeah, but the hair could still use some work.

ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul
ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul topcommenter

@Myrna.Minkoff-Katz  

What are those shoes?  They have to have at least a 4" heel on them.

Sure Fred Astaire was a good dancer, but he had nothing on Ginger Rogers.  After all she did everything that Fred did, but backwards and in heels.

Mervis
Mervis

It's the 20teens Kim. Invest in a DVR.

animas
animas

Shelton is a well educated man--a Pediatric infectious disease specialist--  and is fairly serious about Medicaid expansion in Texas (realistic) which is probably why the Tea Party and their DoDo mascot Cathie Adams would be less likely to endorse him than the Interior Designer "Con"-i Burton or the Colleyville  commercial real estate wizard (lol)

Neckbone
Neckbone

@CogitoErgoSum That's not any Cartesian reasoning I'm familiar with, Cog. Is it a white supremacist thing?

Mervis
Mervis

Would she be bright if she wasn't you senator?

TheCredibleHulk
TheCredibleHulk topcommenter

@animas 

He seems earnest enough, but without hair - real or otherwise, you go nowhere in GOP politics.

JohnSmallBerries
JohnSmallBerries

Dropping "Cartesian" and "cold blooded" into the same sentence without noting the irony is well... ironic.

Neckbone
Neckbone

@CogitoErgoSum@NeckboneWhat do her motivations have to do with what she accomplishes for you, Cog? Did you just run across your alias in a library book someone left at the bus station?

Still, from a purely cold-blooded, rational Cartesian perspective one has to admire your stealth demographic strategy. For every white baby she takes out, she eliminates what, maybe 3 black ones and 7 brown ones? For women's health, of course (wink, wink).

CogitoErgoSum
CogitoErgoSum topcommenter

@Neckbone @CogitoErgoSum Where in the hell is your evidence that Davis has any racist motivations? It seems you're in the land of tinfoil hats with Alex Jones.

everlastingphelps
everlastingphelps topcommenter

@mavdog@everlastingphelps@Myrna.Minkoff-Katzthe word is referring to a specific group of people, their manner of lifestyle, not an entire race.

This is the liberal version of "when I say n- I don't mean all black people, I just mean the ones that don't work", right?

animas
animas

She has a TCU undergrad  and Harvard law degree,  and she responds to  and interacts with her constituents well.  She is very poised and by all accounts a "class act."  She is well liked in Dist 10.

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

@ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul Do I get points for at least getting the -koff right?

Sharon_Moreanus
Sharon_Moreanus topcommenter

That's a loosing bet....They are Reed Krakoff pumps and will set ya back about $650.

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