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Monday, May 02, 2005

Chron giddy over DeLay challenger

The Chronicle, desperate to see Tom DeLay defeated in 2006, notes that the GOP has dissension in the ranks! [Cue dramatic music]
Former U.S. Rep. Pete McCloskey, in Houston Sunday for a conference on Palestinian issues, said he and other Republican elders are looking for a candidate to oppose U.S. Rep. Tom DeLay, R-Sugar Land.
There are two reasons to suspect that McCloskey might not be the best Republican out there: 1. He's attending a "conference on Palestinian issues." 2. He voted for John Kerry:
Although I'm a lifelong Republican, I will vote for John Kerry on Nov. 2. The choice seems simple under traditional principles of the Republican Party. I first met John Kerry in the spring of 1971. Each of us was just back from Vietnam -- he as a Navy officer and I as a member of Congress -- and were appalled by what we had seen there. I found Kerry to be idealistic, courageous and, above all else, truthful to a fault.
And who has McCloskey found to strike back at The Hammer? Michael Fjetland? That can't be right, can it?
He met Sunday with Michael Fjetland, who was defeated by DeLay in Republican primaries in 2000 and 2002 and as an independent in the 2004 general election.
Let's make something very clear. Fjetland wasn't just "defeated." He got his guts stomped out. Let's go to Chris Elam for an analysis of the numbers:
What a strategy! Since he can't win (or break 20%) as a Republican (or overtake 3% as an Independent) in CD22, his grand idea is to attempt to get thousands of Democrats to come over and vote in the GOP primary. "Even I could beat them"... how pitifully funny. =)

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