The GOP primary races in Williamson County are heating up, from what EOW’s hearing. Of course the two Precinct 1 races (County Commissioner and Constable) and the HD-52 race is where the action is.
In the commissioner’s race it’s really getting hot in the race to see who will face Mike Grimes in the fall. Apparently it got testy between Commissioner Lisa Birkman and her primary opponent Steve Laukhuf at a recent candidate forum. Cracks may be showing for Birkman since her husband felt the need to write an endorsement/attack letter, (read it below the fold), to the Williamson County Sun. And for whatever reason they printed it. Shouldn’t it just be assumed that a candidate’s spouse would support their run for office? Maybe not with the WCGOP. Seems it would only be news worthy if they didn’t.
In the Constable’s race we hear Robert Chody is promising to expand the reach of this office, get all up in your business, if elected. Just what we’ve come to expect from a WCGOP machine-backed candidate. Also, from what we hear, he doesn’t like being asked about his APD past. Constable Gary Griffin on the other hand will keep the office’s reach the same as it is now.
While much nicer, at least so far, is the GOP contest in HD-52. To see who will have to pay for Krusee’s disastrous tenure, and face Diana Maldonado in November. At this point it appears to be a race between local favorite Dee Hobbs and the well- fundedPAC/statewide/Gattis family candidate Bryan Daniel. No matter who the eventual winner is, all will probably vote for whoever they’re told to vote for when it comes to the Speaker’s race next year. All are very similar and would be more of the same, “tin eared”, representation HD-52 has had since 1993. They’re all “no-tax”, aka pro-toll road, Republicans, which means instead of us paying pennies per mile (raising the gas tax), they want us to pay dollars per mile (with corporate toll roads).
These races could have some odd results for the GOP, with more moderates and Independents than usual voting in the Democratic Primary this year. As the machine tries to cling to their hold on power this will probably get nastier before March 4th. And in HD-52 there’s a good chance for a run-off.