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Yard Signs, Standoff

After this afternoon’s game against the A’s, we will have 29 games left to play. How many will be against contenders?

Let me just say this about the State Senate District 6 Special Election. When it comes to calling a Special Election, Dems do not make the decision – period. That’s all I can say about that.

Sen. Sylvia Garcia asked Harris County Clerk Stan Stanart to step in and call the special election. Stanart decided to lecture Sen. Garcia on her retirement plans. Got it? Oh, brother! Here is from the Chron:

Harris County Clerk Stan Stanart accused state Sen. Sylvia Garcia of delaying her resignation to boost her state pension even though it could leave 840,000 people in and around Houston without representation when the Texas Legislature convenes in January.

In a sharply worded letter sent to reporters, Stanart accused Garcia of playing political games to make him look bad and boost her own finances. Garcia, who is running for Congress, last week called on Stanart to call a special election for her soon-to-be-vacant state Senate seat because Gov. Greg Abbott, a Republican, has refused to call one.

Abbott’s staff told Garcia that her “intent to resign” letter is insufficient. Abbott’s chief of staff told Garcia she has to submit a resignation letter without the word “intent.” Garcia has refused to do so, saying her intent to resign should be enough and that she wants to continue to represent her constituents until another senator takes office.

Stanart, who is up for re-election in November, said Garcia’s staff is trying to make “some political points by dragging me into this issue.” He said he does not have the authority to call a special election for her Senate district as Garcia’s attorney had contended.

“I also understand that the likely reason you want to delay your resignation until after Jan. 1, 2019, is to increase your state pension,” Stanart said.

Here is the entire Chron article: https://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/politics/texas/article/Harris-Clerk-accuses-State-Sen-Sylvia-Garcia-of-13188413.php?src=hp_totn.

Sigh!  Standoff, anyone?

Kuffer decided to have a say on this too here:

See here for the background. Can’t say this is a surprise, it seemed like a longshot based on an interesting reading of a particular clause in the Constitution. Maybe the argument would work better in a courtroom, but I wouldn’t want to bet my own money on that.

I’ve been reluctant to criticize Sen. Garcia over this because I do think Greg Abbott is being a jackass and the precedent Garcia cites of Leticia Van de Putte’s resignation letter is on point, but we’re past the point of academic debate, and this is not a suitable place for drawing a principled line in the sand. The downside far outweighs any benefit I can think of for winning this contest of wills. Suck it up and submit another letter with the language Greg Abbott is demanding. It’s stupid, but it’s not as stupid as delaying the election. The Chron has more.

Here is all of Kuffer:
http://offthekuff.com/wp/?p=87497.

I don’t know about playing chicken on this one.

In Commentary’s neighborhood, all you see is Beto signs. I have yet to see a Sen. Ted Cruz sign.

Here is from the Trib today:

As O’Rourke’s yard signs are popping up in neighborhoods around the state, frustrated Cruz supporters are having trouble finding ones promoting the current U.S. senator’s re-election bid. Until recently, that was by design, according to Cruz’s camp.

GEORGETOWN – The conversation unfolding before a campaign event for U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz here last week echoed similar ones popping up among Republican groups around Texas. With a mixture of frustration and bewilderment, attendees were discussing the proliferation of black-and-white yard signs in their neighborhoods brandishing a single four-letter-word: BETO.

The signs have become a signature calling card of Democrat Beto O’Rourke’s bid to unseat Cruz. While Democrats posting yard signs for candidates is nothing new, even when it happens in some of Texas’ most conservative conclaves, what’s been different this summer is the extent to which O’Rourke’s signs have seemingly dominated the landscape in some neighborhoods.

Meanwhile, Cruz signs are far tougher to spot, and many Cruz supporters have become increasingly agitated at their inability to obtain signs to counter what they see on their daily drives.

And this:

The sign disparity is not necessarily indicative of an enthusiasm gap, but of differences in campaign spending priorities. But more broadly, Cruz campaign manager Jeff Roe has an aversion to yard signs — he said he views them as a far-less-effective use of campaign money than door knocking, television and radio advertising, phone banking or direct mail. That’s not a new strategy in Cruz world. Roe said the Cruz 2016 presidential campaign spent no money on yard signs.

Here is the entire Trib piece: https://www.texastribune.org/2018/08/29/beto-orourke-ted-cruz-yard-signs/.

No signs in 2016. No nomination in 2016.

In Commentary’s book, signs matter.

After today’s game against the A’s, we will have 29 games remaining including 3 at Fenway, 3 with the D-Backs at The Yard, and 3 with the Mariners, also at The Yard of course.
Now it is a 1 ½ game lead.

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