The Medina Conservatives: How Many Today and How Many Tomorrow?Submitted by Liberty_Belle on Wed, 03/03/2010 - 15:55
This is the second in a series of five morning stories about today's elections I'll be posting every hour. The first one: "How Does Rick Perry Beat Bill White Without Moderates and Without Medina Conservatives?"
On the Republican side of the ticket, the most important returns tonight won't be for Rick Perry, and they won't be for Kay Bailey Hutchison. Debra Medina's support tonight -- and what her supporters do tomorrow -- could define the next eight months in a way nothing else we see in tonight's numbers can.
Debra Medina, no matter what, is not getting behind Rick Perry. From the Statesman's profile on her, "Medina was a controversial force in Wharton County Politics":
The old-guard Republicans accuse Medina and her supporters of being closeted Libertarians, while the Medina fans say the others aren't real Republicans because they don't adhere strictly to the GOP platform on issues such as abortion.
What both sides can agree on is that the Wharton County Republican Party wasn't the same after Medina took over.
Shaking things up in her party seems to be a pattern for Medina, who has sued the state Republican Party, clashed with Murrile over county spending and is now running for governor in a GOP primary that already includes two heavyweights, Gov. Rick Perry and U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison.
When asked if she would support Hutchison or Perry, Medina has said she would support a third party candidate (Source: " The Debra Medina Show: How She Unveiled Rick Perry's Fake Tea Party Persona"). In yesterday's Fort Worth Star-Telegram, one Medina supporter prominently said she would not be supporting Perry and quite possibly the still-to-be-chosen Libertarian party candidate in November.
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