Governor Perry has been betrayed. He named an Hispanic Democrat to the highest appointive position in state government, and this man is leaving after just nine months in the post. Henry Cuellar says he is leaving because he is uncomfortable with the situation in FL that faced Secretary of State Katherine Harris. (Harris, meanwhile, announced this week that she is a candidate for the Republican nomination for a congressional seat.) It does not compute, for Henry is a Ph.D. and has keen political instincts. And he knew about Secretary Harris's troubles BEFORE he agreed to accept this appointment from Governor Perry. What's the real reason he is leaving? My own view is that Henry just couldn't stand to sit out an election cycle without his name being on a ballot. I expect him to seek the Democratic nomination for attorney general to succeed Republican John Cornyn, who is not seeking a second term but is instead trying to succeed Senator Phil Gramm. Meanwhile, Perry would be well advised to follow the advice of Senator Gramm: "When you go to the dance, dance with the once that brought you." So, Perry should name a REPUBLICAN who has his confidence to the position of secretary of state.
To: Theodore R.
posted on 10/03/2001 12:33:45 PM PDT
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