Hutchison hires campaign officials in preparation for 2006
Posted on Fri, Feb. 11, 2005
Hutchison hires campaign officials in preparation for
AUSTIN - U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison has hired two
nationally known political heavyweights to launch a
statewide campaign, possibly indicating that she's
gearing up to challenge Republican Gov. Rick Perry.
"I have not decided exactly what I am going to do,"
Hutchison said Friday during an appearance in Houston.
"I do not think it would be appropriate to make an
announcement during a legislative session."
The Republican senator's spokesman, David Beckwith,
would not say what race the new campaign staff is
"Whatever she runs for in 2006, it's time to start
assembling the campaign team," Beckwith said.
The new campaign manager is Terry Sullivan, who most
recently ran the successful campaign for U.S. Sen. Jim
DeMint, a conservative from South Carolina. Sullivan
guided DeMint's campaign through what he described as
a "brutal, competitive and heated" Republican primary.
The senator also hired Scott Howell of Dallas to
direct the media campaign. Howell has worked for the
Bush-Cheney campaign, as well as those of five other
Republican senators, including Saxby Chambliss of
That campaign, against incumbent Democrat Max Cleland,
was particularly rough. Cleland, a disabled Vietnam
War veteran, was coupled in ads with Saddam Hussein
and Osama bin Laden.
For her previous campaigns, Hutchison has used
ad-maker David Weeks of Austin. He also does the
campaign ads for Perry, who is a longtime friend.
Beckwith declined to say why Hutchison was switching,
other than to call Howell "a creative media person."
Perry's campaign manager, Luis Saenz, said he would
not read anything into the new Hutchison hires.
"She's got a re-election race coming up in '06, so
there's no surprise that she's putting together a
campaign," Saenz said.
Sullivan said he is prepared to run a re-election
campaign for Hutchison or tough primary race against a
"I'm with her for whatever she wants to do," he said.
- Hutchison was a reporter when Bush Sr. lost his Senate race in 1970
to Bentsen. It's very interesting to see how her life is involved
with these people for decades. Texas is a big state, but yet it's in
a small world!