Thursday, December 11, 2008

Why didn't the National Democratic Party Support Rick Noriega?

photo: Rick Noriega
Cornyn was vulnerable this year. With help from the DNC Noriega would have had a good chance. But $20,000 was like pennies...They must have thought that Texas was a lost cause.

There is another chance in 2010. If the DNC wants Texas back, they need to wake up and support their candidate.

Texas Hispanic Dems Blast National Party for Non-Support

Houston Chronicle
December 11, 2008

Two prominent Hispanic Democratic officials from Texas harshly criticized an arm of their national party today for skipping over the state when it provided funding muscle for U.S. Senate candidates across the country.

State Sens. Mario Gallegos of Houston and Leticia Van de Putte of San Antonio objected to the fact that the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee collected contributions from Texans — $1.1 million at an event in San Antonio, for instance — without sending any to the campaign of outgoing state legislator Rick Noriega of Houston.

Noriega lost the Senate race in November to Republican incumbent John Cornyn, who raised $10 million during the campaign to $4 million for Noriega, according to federal records.

The Democratic committee's decision to spend the money outside Texas "is shameful and disgraceful, and we will do everything we can to prevent this disrespect from happening again," the two state senators wrote.

"For the face of the U.S. Senate to represent the true face of America, we must all work together to invest in quality candidates such as Rick Noriega, not take a walk when our candidate is not a member of the millionaires' club," they added.

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