Archive for December 15th, 2010

Around this time ten years ago, Aaron Pena was contemplating a run for Chair of the Texas Democratic Party.  Yesterday, State Representative Aaron Pena switched political parties.

I first met Aaron back in the late 90s at a media training seminar I conducted for potential political candidates.  He was with a group of young Latinos and Latinas that were recruited for possible public service.  Yesterday Aaron was rubbing shoulders and getting the high fives from Guv Dude, the Lite Guv, and the GOP Texas House Speaker.

Aaron and I actually had constructive conversations about the future of the Texas Democratic Party that started back in 2000 at the Democratic National Convention that was held in Los Angeles.  A personal family tragedy in 2001 ended his bid for Chair.

This is what Aaron said yesterday:

“I came to realize that this was my home for the remainder of my life.  I spent 40 years as a Democrat. Well, I’ve got 30 years as a Republican ahead of me, if I live that long.”

So much for the constructive conversations we once had about the Texas Democratic Party.

Who was the Skipper of the 1997 World Serious Champs?

The fella that started Facebook just won Time Magazine’s Person of the Year 2010.  The Tea Party came in second.

If the Democratic Caucus of the Texas House of Representatives has any more defections, they are going to have to call themselves the House Democratic Focus Group.

Jim Leyland of course guided the Florida Marlins to the 1997 World Serious Championship over the Tribe in seven games.  Jim Leyland is celebrating his 66th BD today.

Leave it up to the still Democratic Party controlled Congress to dole out some more last minute earmarks.   I guess they are grabbing all they can on their way out of the store.

If you want to do some gift shopping today you might want to drop by the Team Store at The Yard today from 12 noon to 8 p.m.  Prices will be discounted on MLB memorabilia, team gear, jackets, and other cool stuff.   Check it out!


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