The talk of the town,
or county that is, for the next few weeks will focus on who
will replace Congressman Tom DeLay and how the process of
choosing that candidate will unfold.
Some believe the candidate will come from
a deal cutting, behind the scenes, smoke-filled room, if you
will. In other words, skeptics believe whoever is chosen to
fill the shoes of DeLay and face Democrat candidate Nick
Lampson in the Nov. general election, has already been
decided by a handful of power mongers in the party.
But that would be very difficult at best
because no one knows how this whole thing is going to
materialize. For one thing, Tom hasn’t officially stepped
down and until he does nothing can be done. For another
thing, no one is quite sure who will be chosen as the
“chooser” to represent Fort Bend County’s choice.
I understand the jockeying is on as far
as who from the Fort Bend Republican Party will garner that
coveted seat on the panel. Whoever it is, I hope the party
has the foresight to realize (and I am sure they are all too
aware of this) that the person must be respected, well known
and wield some power or their opinions will get lost in the
Right now no one knows exactly how the
candidate will be chosen. Last weekend Harris County
interviewed the prime contenders and from what I understand
the interview followed a lengthy questionnaire. The
questionnaire was sent to each potential candidate prior to
the interviews. All of this was done behind closed doors.
Here in Fort Bend everyone is touting an
open door, public forum, for the review and whether or not
that will happen remains to be seen. I fear the race to win
a seat on the selection panel may override the focus on who
is the best candidate and who that candidate ultimately will
Currently in Fort Bend, the names being
discussed for the Fort Bend representative are Pat Hebert,
wife of Fort Bend County Judge Bob Hebert, and state
Republican Party Executive Committee member Teresa Raia.
It is going to be interesting to see how
this plays out. I’m not really sure if this is a quest to
choose a candidate that can win District 22 or a contest to
see whether Harris County, Brazoria County and Galveston
County can unseat Fort Bend County’s hold on the District 22
slot in Congress.
With time of the essence, I hope the four
counties will bring forth a strong candidate without the
predicted blood-letting that could result. If not, there is
little doubt, according to Republican insiders, that the
chosen candidate will not have time to adequately campaign
for the Nov. election. If the candidate that is chosen
doesn’t have time to energize the voters and put a fire
under them to bring them to the polls, the likelihood is
that Nick Lampson, who is not mired down in the wait and see
if I can campaign mode, will be out there knocking on doors,
shaking hands, kissing babies and focusing on the confusion
or controversy within the Republican Party.
We will just have to wait and see if the Republicans can
circle the wagons. One thing is for sure—Tom DeLay has left
us with one hell of a mess!