Matt Glazer notes a Capitol Inside piece that suggests that State Sen. Kirk Watson is staying put, and that Houston Mayor Bill White will shift gears and run for Governor instead of Senate. As one who expected him to run for Governor, I can’t say I’d be disappointed by that turn of events. But the man himself is adamant he’s staying put, as he said in his response to Paul Burka.
I respect Paul B, but my decision-making wasn’t based on politics. Texas would best be served by a new Senator with the strength to do what is right for Texas, the federal experience to hit the ground running, the business skills to help balance the budget, and the broad support to have real influence with the new leadership in DC. The race shouldn’t be about my personal preferences–which would not include the travel required by a Senator. My decision, and the decisions of voters, should be about what is best for Texas.
I see no reason not to take him at his word. As Matt notes, White has been the most successful fundraiser for Senate by far; logic would suggest if any Dem were going to change races it would be John Sharp, who himself has given no indication he intends to do that. I like to speculate as much as anyone, but I don’t see anything more than that here.