Texas Railroad Commissioner Makes Senate Bid

AUSTIN (AP) – Texas Railroad Commissioner Michael Williams formally announced his bid to replace retiring U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison on Thursday, promising to be a consistent conservative.

Williams joins a crowded field in the race for the Republican Party’s nomination in 2012. Another railroad commissioner, Elizabeth Ames Jones, entered the race earlier this week and a former Texas solicitor general, Ted Cruz, announced his candidacy last week. Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst has said he is exploring the possibility of running.

Williams, the first African American to hold an executive, elected statewide post, made the announcement during a public interview with the Texas Tribune. He vowed to cut the size of government and minimize regulations. He also said he rejects government affirmative action programs and the science behind human-caused climate change.

(© Copyright 2011 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

Comments

One Comment

  1. dave says:

    Sadly, due to his race, this guy is going to feel inclined to go overboard in pandering to extreme right to get nomination (as he has done throughout political career), otherwise the guy knows he wouldn’t have a chance.

  2. Mac says:

    Dave: How do you tell the difference between pandering and conviction? You are obviously one of those Voivo liberals who are all belt buckle and no cows. If you should realize that congress is like a teen with a new Visa card–execpt they don’t even pay the minimum balance.

  3. me says:

    I will never vote for anyone from the Texas RR Commission based on how property owners are treated by Gas companies. IMHO, these individuals didn’t do their jobs. Why would I send one of them to D.C.?

  4. Michael Newell says:

    Not too surprising that this crook wants to join the Big League of horse thieves. The Texas Railroad Commisioner hasbeen THE single most corrupt and sought after position that is the worlds largest SPONGE for payoffs and bribery. Yes, this felon will find a home in the Senate.

  5. johnny richardson says:

    This is what we really need-another Senator controlled by the oil and gas industry. He has been nothing but a puppet for them on the railroad commission.

  6. Hemroidious says:

    Why hasn’t Edie Bernice Johnson announced her candidacy ?

Comments are closed.

More From CBS Dallas / Fort Worth

Drip Pan: CBS Local App
Drip Pan: Weather App

Listen Live