John Carona's Primary Opponent is Attacking Him for Pushing "Barack Obama Freeway"

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John Carona and Don Huffines
The billboard, featuring John Carona's miserly grin accompanied by the words "Our State Senator," went up months ago on Central Expressway, long before Carona's reelection bid had drawn an opponent. Perhaps he sensed that, with the current political climate what it is, a primary challenge would be inevitable. Or perhaps he simply wanted to remind the hundreds of thousands of commuters that pass beneath his gaze each day of his power and benevolence in true Big Brother fashion.

Whatever the reason, investing in the billboard was a shrewd investment, now that real estate developer/car-dealership scion Don Huffines has stepped into the race.

Huffines, as The Dallas Morning News' Wayne Slater reported this week, will be challenging Carona from the right.

See also: Associa CEO and State Senator John Carona's Many Colorful Conflicts of Interest

His initial critiques focused on Carona's votes for state budgets that increased spending and his support for a bill granting in-state college tuition to the children of illegal immigrants. He also blasts "career politicians who find it more beneficial to vote for special interest groups than to vote for their constituents," a line he might have pulled from next to Carona's picture in the dictionary.

Relatively tame, as far as political attacks go, but Huffines seems eager to take the gloves off. He's taken to calling Carona "one of the most liberal Republican senators in Austin," according to Quorum Report.

As proof, Huffines points to a 2009 proposal to designate a stretch of Interstate 20 in southern Dallas as President Barack Obama Freeway that Carona "carried the torch" for. Indeed, the record shows that Carona didn't just support the bill, which ultimately stalled; he was a co-sponsor with a fellow Senate fixture, Democrat Royce West.

Carona dismisses the attack, calling it "nothing at all," and Huffines will have his own past mistakes to answer for (e.g. this mustache), but nowadays showing one iota of support for Obama, much less naming a major highway in his honor, is high treason in the GOP. That it was a symbolic gesture, a show of camaraderie with a colleague from across the aisle, makes it even worse.

Carona may ultimately succeed in slithering away from Huffines' attacks, but he'll have to go on trial first. The jury is Republican primary voters. The verdict comes in March.

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Just-Sharon
Just-Sharon

Yes.....That would just be a nightmare to name a public highway after the first Black President.....I mean someone in another State might think of us as accepting of equality.

That is the last sort of message we want to get out. 

Is there a Bush Public Toilet yet?

rbtxcat75
rbtxcat75

Carona is terrible.  He fought our craft  brewery friends with doing self-distribution or just selling a six-pack of beer at their brewery because he had the distributors in his back pocket and paying him tons of money.  Have no idea on Huffines but he looks pretty out of touch as well.

Tipster1908
Tipster1908

Huffines would know a thing or two about career politicians who favor special interest groups. He's been funneling money to politicians of all political stripes for years and it's done amazing things for his business as a member of a special interest group. Imagine an interest group so powerful that it can convince the government to force it to keep closed on Sundays so it doesn't have to start working 6 days a week like the rest of the retail industry. Only car dealerships and liquor stores have managed to retain such special treatment, which tells you just how ideologically bankrupt this guy is. Note that this Huffines attack is not meant to imply ANYTHING favorable about Carona. 

BryanJ1964
BryanJ1964

The aged Ken doll probably has a point. Carona is the only Republican I have ever voted for.

P1Gunter
P1Gunter

Can't we all just agree on a Chuck Norris Freeway?

CitzenKim
CitzenKim

So the right is upset with Carona because of "support for a bill granting in-state college tuition to the children of illegal immigrant."  Look, I know Mexicans tend to have large families, but how many kid's tuition could result from one immigrant?  These guys are hard core! :)

JohnSmallBerries
JohnSmallBerries

My guess is that Carona helped the "Obama Freeway" effort because he wanted West's support for something and knew the freeway thing would go nowhere. 

ruddski
ruddski

Attacks on physical appearance are strong political argument, but mention a democrat hero's awesome tits as a positive, and that's really scorn worthy. Weird.

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

Huffines looks as if he was spawned from Alfred E. Neuman.

joe.tone
joe.tone moderator

I didn't know Future Rob Lowe was running for office.

John1073
John1073

Huffines has allowed a whacko group of people, opposed to the Denton ISD school bonds, to make phone calls from Huffines Kia. Great guy. Sounds like he really loves the kids.

He also formed a Ron Paul Super PAC and we had to endure looking at 2 awful billboards on US 380 for the better part of 2012 that said "Ron Paul the Next President", even well after he got creamed by Romney.

doublecheese
doublecheese

It used to be someone had to die to get a road named after them.  Can we at least wait until they are out of office? 

ruddski
ruddski

If chuck wanted that, he would have named one already

ruddski
ruddski

Before La Raza obtained proper propganda training, their website contained references to the superior breeding ability of the race.

Montemalone
Montemalone topcommenter

@DeLaNate There's no need to smear a fabulous entertainer with such base associations.


ruddski
ruddski

Physical appearance seems to be your most important consideration in politics. He's not bald tho.

Montemalone
Montemalone topcommenter

@joe.tone Aw man, why'd ya have to go and say that?

I always thought that someday me and Rob would finally meet and be happy together, but that pleasant dream has just been irrevocably sullied.

observist
observist topcommenter

@doublecheese Republicans were working hard to name half of all publicly-owned anything after Ronald Reagan by 1984, and he wasn't even the first man of his ethnicity ever to hold the office.

ruddski
ruddski

It used to be that someone had to actually do something to get a Nobel Peace Prize, and had to have a reviewable past and at least one or two signature accomplishments or demonstrated leadership and management abilities to even be considered for the position of Most Powerful Man on the Planet.

Times, thankfully, have changed. We'll elect anyone as long as they have no Negro dialect.

ruddski
ruddski

Prudish, pursed-lipped progressives.

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

Or even Ted Koppel with a nose job and lip implants.

John1073
John1073

 The magic undewear makes it more special.

ruddski
ruddski

But Ron was the guy who got all those democrat votes, and he had an actual track record. And according to the haters, he was mentally dead decades before physical death.

observist
observist topcommenter

@ruddski Obama didn't really do anything to deserve the Nobel Peace Prize - it was mostly global celebration of the end of the Bush presidency.

ruddski
ruddski

tdkisok looks like an aged orangutan.

tdkisok
tdkisok

@Myrna.Minkoff-Katz  

Until Rudder does it himself then it will be, "Hey I was just making a joke." That's how a-hole Righties do it......

ruddski
ruddski

Why yes, yes it does.

scottindallas
scottindallas topcommenter

@P1Gunter he damned near missed the collapse of the USSR

observist
observist topcommenter

@P1Gunter  No, Reagan showed that we could borrow far more money than they could to spend on weapons.

ruddski
ruddski

yeah, that works. Happenstance. At least the left no longer has a reason to loathe him for destroying the dream.

P1Gunter
P1Gunter

I always enjoy the bizarre conservative view ghat Reagan caused the fall of the USSR. It had been crumbling for 20 years and he just happened to be in office when it finally collapsed.

ruddski
ruddski

At least your concerns run deep, hon.

ruddski
ruddski

that's probably your chief complaint. Or was it the fall of Communism?

ruddski
ruddski

Correction, it was a global leftist celebration.

observist
observist topcommenter

@RTGolden1 @observist @ruddski   Yeah, it's amazing how Republican policy ideas from 2000 were somehow OMG SOCIALIST!!!!! by 2009. Romneycare, Cap & Trade, etc.

In a lot of cases people will accept something from their own party but reject it from the other party, because each party has credibility/trust on certain issues.  For example, welfare reform.  If a Republican did what Clinton did, it would have been "OMG GOP WANTS PEOPLE TO STARVE IN THE STREET!!!" instead it was "OK, yeah, I guess it needs to be done".  Military cuts would be the opposite... if a Republican, say, Rumsfeld reduced the size of the Navy, it would be "modernizing", but if Obama did, it's "OMG!! FEWER SHIPS THAN IN 1917!!!!!"   

Frankly, it's easier and more fun to be the outraged opposition than to defend the record of any sitting president.

RTGolden1
RTGolden1 topcommenter

@observist @ruddski Apparently, the celebration was premature in that case as well.  President Obama is the best torch-carrying successor GW could ever have hoped for.  Not only did he keep Guantanamo open and miss his target date for an Iraq withdrawal by 3 years, but he continued policies that allow the government great latitude in invading and eroding the privacy and rights of Americans, his administration is even more opaque than Bush's.  The big bonus?  Obama revived Bush's playbook rejects, followed them through to magnificent failures, in a very public fashion.

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