Here in Texas, 11 of 20 Republican incumbents have drawn challengers. In nearly every case, Tea Party connections are apparent.
And Tea Party challengers aren’t limited to the national races. Republicans have more internal fights to settle than Democrats. Seventeen Republican [State] House incumbents must shake off challenges in the March 2 primary before they can turn their eyes to November.
GOP strategists credit the Tea Parties the challenges to Reps. Charlie Geren of Fort Worth, Todd Smith of Euless, Vicki Truitt of Keller, Tommy Merritt of Longview, Delwin Jones of Lubbock, and Hopson of Jacksonville.
Debra Medina, the Tea Party candidate for Governor, is challenging both the incumbent Governor “Slick” Rick Perry and Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison (RINO-TX) for the Republican nomination. She’s smart to do this; it means the RINOs and the conservative will fight it out in the primary, and enable the Republicans to to field a unified candidate for the General election against the likely Democrat candidate, Mayor Bill White of Houston.
Debra is gaining quite a following on Facebook (click HERE), and is generating strong interest in the news media as well. I spoke with Debra Falk of Rasmussen Reports. They are planning to begin surveying the Texas Gubernatorial Race just after the PBS Republican Debates next Thursday the 14th (at 8:00 pm – check your local listings.)
So, it’s beginning to generate National Interest as well.
Local Dallas TV station CBS-11 is paying attention as well:
And for you completists out there, here’s Part II:
And Part III:
And if YOU haen’t heard about Debra Medina, you really need to make the time to watch these little videos.
Get a move on.