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    http://www.guardian.co.uk/uslatest/story/0,1282,-5084027,00.html Texas Comptroller Will Run for Governor Saturday June 18, 2005 11:46 PM By NATALIE GOTT
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      Texas Comptroller Will Run for Governor

      Saturday June 18, 2005 11:46 PM

      By NATALIE GOTT

      Associated Press Writer

      AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Carole Keeton Strayhorn, the
      fast-talking state comptroller who makes sport of
      chastising Republican Gov. Rick Perry, said Saturday
      she would challenge the governor in next year's GOP
      primary.

      ``Now is time to replace a do-nothin' drugstore cowboy
      with one tough grandma,'' Strayhorn, 65, told a
      cheering crowd.

      Strayhorn, a former Democrat known for her quick and
      sharp tongue, has been attacking Perry's leadership
      and his failure to bring lawmakers to a consensus on
      public school funding for the past year.

      Strayhorn's announcement came shortly after Perry
      vetoed education funding from the state budget bill
      and called lawmakers back to Austin for a special
      session on school finance. Lawmakers failed to approve
      a new school funding plan during the legislative
      session that ended May 30 and in a special session
      last year.

      ``A leader does not hold our children's education
      hostage and certainly would never even allow a
      discussion about school not opening on time because he
      cannot fix what is broken,'' she said.

      Perry spokesman Luis Saenz said Strayhorn's
      announcement that she is running for governor should
      not come as a surprise since ``she has been doing that
      for the last two years as she neglected her duties as
      comptroller.''

      ``This primary will offer clear differences between
      the strong, principled conservative leadership we have
      today, and the big spending, Democrat agenda the
      comptroller has pushed on behalf of her special
      interest backers,'' Saenz said.

      On Friday, U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison announced
      that she will run for a third Senate term, ending
      months of speculation that she would challenge Perry
      next year in the GOP primary.

      Perry, who is seeking his second full term, became
      governor in 2000 after Bush resigned to become
      president. He was elected to a full four-year term in
      2002.

      Perry, who has never lost an election, had been
      courting religious conservatives in recent weeks in
      anticipation of a race with Hutchison, who is
      considered a moderate.

      Strayhorn became the first woman elected Texas
      comptroller, the state's chief financial officer,
      after serving on the three-person Texas Railroad
      Commission, a statewide elected post. Before that, the
      former Democrat served nonpartisan posts on the Austin
      school board and three terms as Austin mayor before
      switching parties.

      Two of her four sons serve in President George W.
      Bush's administration. Scott McClellan is White House
      press secretary, and Dr. Mark McClellan is
      administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid
      services.

      While no Democrat has formally announced intentions to
      run, former U.S. Rep. Chris Bell of Houston has said
      he is considering a bid. Musician and author Kinky
      Friedman is running as an independent.
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