FIRST RESULTS IN
With 21,000 votes reporting, Rodriguez is in the lead with 56% 11,846 to Bonilla’s 44% and 9,191 votes. This race will be tight and down to the wire.
FIVE PERCENT IN
Rodriguez 13,193 to Bonilla’s 10,741
EIGHTEEN PERCENT IN
Rodriguez 53% 14,221 to Bonilla’s 47% 12,712
TWENTY-THREE PERCENT IN
Rodriguez 15,241 53% to Bonilla’s 13,765 47%
AP DECLARES RODRIGUEZ WINNER !!!! HOUSE DEMOCRATS PICK UP ANOTHER SEAT
Rodriguez 32,243 57% to Bonilla’s 24,077 43%
The race for the Twenty-Third Congressional district features Republican Congressman Henry Bonilla, an Uncle Tom from San Antonio and former Democratic Congressman Ciro Rodriquez, also of San Antonio in a Texas run-off remanicent of of a Mexican standoff. Both sides are loaded and ready for bear. The DCCC has weighed in and assisted the chronically underfunded Rodriquez against Incumbent Uncle Tom, Henry Bonilla, Dubya’s favorite congressional token Mexican.
Area gringos are more than happy to supply ample campaign cash for their right-wing Congressional servant and Rodriquez faces an uphill battle. If not for redistricting late this year, Ciro’s career would have been over having lost two Democratic primaries in two years to conservative Democrat Henry Cuellar, another right-wing corporate whore in the Harold Ford, Jr mold. With the disrict now 60+ % Hispanic, Rodriquez should have an edge. Polls have Bonilla ahead by a nose.
High profile surrogates have come down to campaign: presidential nephew George P. Bush for Bonilla and President Bill Clinton for Rodriguez.
Stay tuned for results as they come in, I shall be updating regularly to keep y’all informed. If successful, the democrats could add one more seat to their majority spitting in the eye of Tom Delay one more time.
Barack Obama spoke to a sellout crowd in New Hampshire and turned the place out. White folks ain’t never been this excited since John and Bobby Kennedy. Tickets sold out quickly and they packed the house to touch the hem of his garment. This enthusiastic reception is what black folks have been praying for. We’ve been waiting since Adam and Eve left the garden for a black politician to receive a reception like this. Too bad we don’t know what this brotha stands for. He has done absolutely nothing to define himself as anything but a Safe Negro. He has voted against John Kerry’s amendment to immediately redeploy the troops out of Iraq. He voted for the Anti-working class Bankruptcy Bill. He voted for the right-wing Oman Free Trade Agreement. Folks have fallen in love with a media creation, not the man himself.
I have never seen the undisguised look of adoration in white folks faces towards a black political figure. This is totally unprecedented. One old man looks as if he is one year younger than God, he’s holding an Obama sign. Amazing. In 1992, these same flinty New Hampshire voters wouldn’t give former Virginia Gov. Doug Wilder a chance. Running as a right-wing, budget cutting centrist, Wilder had little appeal to blacks or anybody else outside of his own family. New Hampshire has a small black population that make’s Iowa’s look like Atlanta. In light of these facts, the achievement the other day is all the more remarkable.
The building hysteria and vacuous press coverage is feeding the movement and contributing to his healthy poll numbers. The consultants all see dollar signs when they see this brotha. They are all chomping at the bit to get a piece of him. Professional campaigns these days are light on specifics and long on platitudes. The public supposedly is hip to it but then you see the above reactions as if Jesus alighted from Heaven to address the earth. The time has come to make a decison or get off the pot. Once its made, and we all know what it will be, he needs to start articulating some real positions, not the focus group pablum we’ve heard so far. It just won’t cut it. We need to hear some real stuff from the heart about social and economic justice.
It is clear from the temper and tone of the press coverage that they want him to run, and not for Vice President as I would prefer. In my mind, it is nothing more than a trap from the pit of Hell. I categorically don’t trust the “mainstream media.” Their irresponsible flacking for the Vietraq War is right in line with their corporate responsibility to their shareholders’ profit margins. They live to build somebody up and then tear them down. The Obama train has left the station, the only question is whether he’s leading it or being led by it. Time will tell and we’ll all be waiting with baited breath.