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Joy to the State

Commentary doesn’t know Joy Diaz who is running for Governor in the Texas Democratic Party Primary, but she got some run in the Statesman.  Here is a part of the Statesman: 

After 16 years on the airwaves in Austin as a journalist at KUT and the public affairs show, “Texas Standard,” Joy Diaz announced Wednesday that she’s running for governor. 

Diaz, who left her journalism job in early November, said at the time that she was inspired to run for office after she and her elementary school-aged son both contracted COVID-19 earlier this year, an experience that she said ignited her passion for public service. 

“I recently left journalism to fulfill a mission — an unshakeable dream, a fire in my soul — to serve you as the next governor of the great state of Texas,” Diaz, 45, said in a video posted online ahead of her Wednesday campaign launch at Scholz Garten in downtown Austin. 

Diaz will run as a Democrat, facing off against former U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke, who launched his campaign for governor in November. O’Rourke is a prolific fundraiser known for his campaign against U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, in 2018 and his short-lived campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2020. In the first 24 hours after launching his campaign for governor, O’Rourke raised $2 million. 

And this: 

Diaz said when she made the decision to run for office, she was focused solely on Republican Gov. Greg Abbott, not the other Democrats in the race. 

“My target has been Greg Abbott. That’s where my focus is, that’s where my spirit is, that’s where my energy will be,” she told the American-Statesman.   

And this: 

Before launching her campaign, Diaz completed a six-month course at the LBJ Women’s Campaign School at UT’s LBJ School of Public Affairs, which offers training to would-be candidates for office. Through the program, Diaz was paired with a mentor: state Rep. Vikki Goodwin, D-Austin. 

Goodwin, who is not endorsing Diaz’s campaign, said she always supports more candidates entering primary contests, because it helps drive more voters to the polls. 

Diaz said in her announcement video that she decided to run for governor to focus on three key issues: the border, public education and state preparedness for the pandemic. 

Diaz grew up in Mexico City, the child of an American missionary. During her time as a reporter, she said she has spoken with people across the state and gained a deeper understanding of how state policies affect their lives. 

“The most valuable information comes from the people who live these policies day in and day out, everyday Texans like you and me,” Diaz said in the video. “When I hear men in power describe the border as a crisis, it just reinforces one thing, that they haven’t done their jobs.”  

Diaz said her perspective as a former educator, her career before she turned to journalism, would serve her well as governor and could “help improve our schools dramatically.” 

She used her announcement as an opportunity to knock Abbott and other state leaders for their response to the coronavirus pandemic, highlighting her own experience after testing positive for COVID-19. 

“Our current leadership has forgotten that their mission is to serve us,” Diaz said in the video. “Conventional wisdom may say that it is unlikely for an average person — even a qualified one, even one with expertise, even one with a huge heart — to become the next governor of this great state. But Texans don’t solely rely on conventional wisdom. We believe in miracles.” 

Interesting. The political news from the past few days included Beto being down 15 points in the latest poll.  If you are a Dem and want another candidate other than Beto, maybe you can find some joy in Joy’s candidacy.   

Let’s see if she can raise money or get some traction so to speak. 

I wonder who will be backing her?

Texas Victory Consulting put out a statement yesterday supporting former H-Town Council Member Carroll Robinson for Chair of the Texas Democratic Party. Here is how the statement begins:

Our Texas Democratic Party (TDP) needs a new strategy to win statewide elections and a plan to build the infrastructure we need statewide to win back the Texas Legislature. To get this done Texas Democrats Need A Better State Party Chair. 

Texas Democrats need A Better State Party Chair because we need new ideas and a fresh perspective. We cannot keep doing the same thing and expecting a different result. As Einstein said, doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result is a sign of insanity.   

Texas Democrats are not insane. We all know that we need change at the state party and to get it done We Need A New & Better State Party Chair.  

Texas Democrats can’t afford to keep doing the same old thing over and over again just to keep losing. 

Justice of the Peace David Patronella will be running for a County Civil Court at Law position 

Someone pointed out to me yesterday that Harris County Judge candidate Erica Davis’ treasurer works for Constable Alan Rosen. 

The Chron came out with a list of H-Town’s power couples.  I actually know some of them like Laura and John Arnold, former H-Town Mayor Annise Parker and Kathy Hubbard, Andrea and former H-Town Mayor Bill White, and Miya Shay and State Rep. Gene Wu. 

Why put out a list? Why not? 

My “Wizard of Oz” wall calendar for the month of December has a photo of Dorothy with this “…It’s all right now, the Wizard will fix everything.” She said that to the Cowardly Lion. 

My Beatles calendar has a photo of the four from 1969. 

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