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  • Greg Cannon
    http://www.dfw.com/mld/startelegram/news/state/13436342.htm Posted on Sun, Dec. 18, 2005 THE INSIDER Incumbent pursues partner for dance By ANNA M. TINSLEY,
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      Posted on Sun, Dec. 18, 2005
      THE INSIDER
      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.


      Bob who?

      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.
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