It was back during the 2000 presidential campaign when State Senator Mario Gallegos volunteered to travel to battleground states to say “this Texas State Senator” wasn’t supporting Governor George W. Bush for president. There was an enormous amount of pressure back then that was put on Democratic legislators to stay put, keep quiet and not campaign against the state’s sitting governor, Governor Bush.
Senator Gallegos said to heck with all of them and racked up thousands of frequent flyer miles campaigning across the country earning enough points to secure him a speaking slot at the 2000 Democratic National Convention in Los Angeles. Senator Gallegos also appeared on CNN and conducted numerous interviews with national media outlets during the 2000 presidential campaign.
Senator Gallegos demonstrated a lot of courage defying the state capitol insiders that were kowtowing to Governor Bush. It cost him a position on the Senate Finance Committee the following legislative session. I’ve said since then on more than one occasion if we would have had a few more of Senator Gallegos’ colleagues campaigning in Florida or have been able to clone Senator Gallegos, we probably would not have put two wars on the national credit card.
Senator Gallegos was definitely on his game during that 2000 campaign. He was by far the best Democratic road warrior from Texas that year.
Here is what the County put out yesterday evening:
As of this evening we have approved 77,250 applications and sent out 74,782 ballots. We have received 29,619 voted ballots returned.
26,415 have been generated by the GOP and 21,570 by Dems.
It was pretty clear to most folks last night that The President got his mojo back and dominated. It is pretty silly to see the GOP talking heads try to spin it otherwise.
Later on this morning Commentary will be campaigning with Traci Jensen. I’m going to ask her if she’s ever been in a binder full of women.
I’m going to skip asking about the MLB and talking about the ‘Stros for today.