Latinos For Texas Blog

2005-Sep-7

Sen. Gonzalo Barrientos to retire

Filed under: — kevin @ 10:07 am

Via Quorum Report:

BARRIENTOS TO ANNOUNCE HE WILL NOT SEEK RE-ELECTION

Set for 11:30 press conference

Senator Gonzalo Barrientos (D-Austin) will announce at an 11:30 press conference this morning that he has decided not to seek re-election. Instead, he plans to look at some private sector opportunities and enjoy his grandchildren.

However, Senator Barrientos did imply he might have a few additional observations at his press conference. Stay tuned.

This creates the third open seat in the Senate. Todd Staples (R-Palestine) is running for Agriculture Commissioner and Jon Lindsay (R-Houston) is retiring.

Big news. Who should fill his shoes?

Barbara Bush: The underprivileged are scary.

Filed under: — LaGirlFriday @ 9:10 am

I just don’t have any words for this….

From E&P:

Published: September 05, 2005 7:25 PM ET updated 8:00 PM

NEW YORK Accompanying her husband, former President George H.W.Bush, on a tour of hurricane relief centers in Houston, Barbara Bush said today, referring to the poor who had lost everything back home and evacuated, “This is working very well for them.”

The former First Lady’s remarks were aired this evening on American Public Media’s “Marketplace” program.

She was part of a group in Houston today at the Astrodome that included her husband and former President Bill Clinton, who were chosen by her son, the current president, to head fundraising efforts for the recovery. Sen. Hilary Clinton and Sen. Barack Obama were also present.

In a segment at the top of the show on the surge of evacuees to the Texas city, Barbara Bush said: “Almost everyone I’ve talked to says we’re going to move to Houston.”

Then she added: “What I’m hearing which is sort of scary is they all want to stay in Texas. Everyone is so overwhelmed by the hospitality.

“And so many of the people in the arena here, you know, were underprivileged anyway, so this–this (she chuckles slightly) is working very well for them.”

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