The Brief: Biparty Discourse Promotes Heated Runoff Races
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Bipartisan appears to be a dirty word in some of the special election contests that are finally to be decided on Tuesday.
In Senate District 26 of Bexar County, the strategy of some GOP and tort reform groups to attack the Democratic candidate Trey Martinez Fischer in the hope of motivating Republican voters to vote for Jose menendez, the other Democrat in the second round, continues to attract attention in this very expensive competition.
Race spending topped $ 2.3 million, according to San Antonio Express-News‘ John W. Gonzalez.
In the final days of the battle, Martinez Fischer stepped up his attacks on Menéndez for his efforts to woo the GOP and other conservative voters. He has flooded the neighborhood’s mailboxes with almost daily placemat-sized advertisements that mix attacks on Menéndez and self-praise.
But Menéndez did not apologize for seeking bipartisan support. Greeting supporters on Saturday at VFW Post 9174 on the West Side, Menéndez said this is what it takes to be effective – something he learned at city council. He said it was puzzling that he was portrayed as both a fiery liberal and a GOP sympathizer.
The high-profile contest appears to be leading voters to the polls. Election officials told Gonzalez that voting in this run-off and a House contest to fill the seat left vacant by the San Antonio mayoral candidate Mike Villarreal is higher than the first round.
Meanwhile, in Central Texas-based House District 17, it’s a GOP run-off candidate making the news to openly tout bipartisanship. the Houston Chronicle‘s Patrick svitek written:
Perhaps the most notable contrast was (John) Cyrier’s decision to adopt a decidedly bipartisan tone in what is effectively a GOP primary… In a debate last week in Luling, it took less than 10 minutes for the subject to be discussed. Cyrier has made no secret of his interest in bipartisanship, while (Brent) Golemon countered that he was more focused on defining himself for voters.
“The time and place to reach out is not in the election,” Golemon replied after Cyrier urged occasional compromises to avoid “Washington, DC-style politics” in Texas.
Another competition, in House District 13, to determine a successor to Sen. Lois Kolkhorst, R-Brenham, is scheduled for Tuesday.
The day to come
• Presidents day federal and state holiday
• The Chamber meets at 2 p.m.
• The supply subcommittees of the House begin their work today. The sub-committees on Article II (RJH 120); Articles VI, VII and VIII (E1.026); and article III (E1.030) meets at 7:30 a.m. The sub-committee on Articles I, IV and V (E2.036) meets at 10 a.m. House Human Services meets at 2:00 p.m. or in adjournment to discuss the Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS) and the Department of Assistive and Rehabilitation Services (DARS) (E2.030)
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