Here’s the article, Congressional District 31: What’s Up With John Carter? And here’s the “money” quote:
Democrat Mary Beth Harrell would seem to face an uphill battle to unseat Republican John Carter in the conservative Congressional District 31, which stretches from Williamson Co. north to Erath Co., but one has to wonder if Carter could pull a Clayton Williams simply by continuing to talk.
It’s also gotten so bad for Rep. Carter that he won’t even answer the phone anymore.
In fact, Carter hasn’t been quite clear on whether he’d be willing to debate at all. Earlier this summer, he told the Austin American-Statesman, “People earn the right to debate me. … I will determine how and not them.” He went on to say that the criteria for earning this right is “credibility.” Harrell responded in a press release, “The bottom line is, the voters are calling for a candidates’ forum with Carter and me so they can judge our credibility. That’s the voter’s job, not Carter’s.”
We’d love to ask Carter whether being the official nominee of one of the nation’s two dominant political parties constitutes credibility or whether it might come from being a military wife and mother for most of her life (Harrell’s son is serving in Iraq), but we can’t contact him. The two phone numbers on his campaign Web site aren’t working; we called his congressional office, which gave us a different number that was never answered, not even by a machine; a promise from his congressional office that the campaign would call us had not been kept as of press time. Perhaps we lack “credibility.”
Hopefully this race can be one that helps show the redistricting myth to be just that, a myth.
Where good candidates run – with financial support from their party and the resulting media coverage – elections are cliffhangers. Where they do not, or they receive little funding or coverage, the results are foregone conclusions, no matter how evenly balanced a district may be.
By running a good candidate, Mary Beth Harrell, against John Carter is having to actually campaign, something he hasn’t done in a while, and he definitely looks rusty. We are now seeing the real John Carter. He’s not very bright, doesn’t have Tom DeLay around anymore to fight his battles, is running a bad campaign, and is afraid to debate his opponent because of what he might say. And not only will his handlers not let him debate they won’t even answer the phone anymore.
In case you’ve forgotten what Mr. Williams said way back when here it is:
“Well, bad weather is like rape: if it’s inevitable, you might as well relax and enjoy it.”
Wasn’t a very good thing to say was it? Kind of like saying racial bias doesn’t exist in Texas anymore.