Posted on Sun, Dec. 18, 2005
Incumbent pursues partner for 'dance'
By ANNA M. TINSLEY, MARIA RECIO AND JOHN MORITZ
Star-Telegram Staff Writers
Republican Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson doesn't
want to show up at the dance without a partner.
In this case, the dance is the 2006 election campaign.
And so far, there's no sign of any Democrat who's
willing to two-step into the land commissioner's race
against Patterson, who's seeking his second term.
So desperate is the ex- Marine and former state
senator that his staff sent out a news release
recently suggesting that the next step may be an
advertisement in newspaper personals sections in an
effort to find a challenger.
"MWM (or Married White Male), 59, Republican Land
Commissioner seeks Democrat opponent for 11-month
relationship. Must be willing to visit 100s of Texas
counties, enjoy walks on eroding Texas beaches, and
enjoy swapping stories (occasionally true) with Texas
veterans. Interest in the Oil & Gas business a plus.
Should be emotionally prepared for defeat."
Would-be suitors should act fast. The filing deadline
for the March primaries is Jan. 2.
Former state Supreme Court Justice Bob Gammage seemed
a little surprised at a request from the Democratic
Party last week when he gave officials a check for
$3,750, his filing fee to run for governor.
They wanted to see his driver's license.
Turns out it's required on the form notarizing his
application, a campaign aide said. Gammage, last
elected to state office in 1990, said he didn't
remember being asked for his license in the old days.
Of course, in the old days, Democrats actually got
elected statewide. (Gammage is hoping they will again,
starting with him).
So far, former U.S. Rep. Chris Bell has filed for the
Democratic primary, and Gov. Rick Perry and
Comptroller Carole Keeton Strayhorn have filed for the
Republican primary. Kinky Friedman has filed as an independent.