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Brownsville-based attorney Gilberto Hinojosa last month filed the necessary papers with the Texas Ethics Commissions to become an official candidate for Chair of the Texas Democratic Party.
The next Texas Democratic Party Chair will be elected in 2012. Boyd Richie announced at a State Democratic Executive Committee meeting in April that he would not seek re-election in 2012.
Hinojosa is currently the party chair for Cameron County and has climbed the ranks in state party circles. Hinojosa named Houston Attorney Cris Feldman treasurer for his Texas Democratic Party Chair campaign. It was Feldman who sued the treasurer of Texans for a Republican Majority on behalf of four Democratic House candidates who were defeated in the 2002 election with the help of “clandestinely funneled illegal corporate cash into the [Texas] elections” by then House majority leader Tom DeLay and his aides. In a 2010 trial DeLay was found guilty on charges of money laundering and conspiracy to commit money laundering in the scheme to illegally funnel corporate cash to Texas Republican candidates running in the 2002 election.
Judge Hinojosa commented on his State Chair campaign:
Tennessee Democratic Party Chairman Chip Forrester congratulates Roane County native and long-time Democrat Nancy-Ann DeParle for being promoted to President Barack Obama’s deputy chief of staff.
DeParle, a University of Tennessee graduate, previously served the president as the director of the White House Office of Health Care Reform. DeParle also was the director of the Health Care Financing Administration under former President Bill Clinton.
“Ms. DeParle has a wealth of experience in government and thoroughly understands the intricacies of policy debates,” Forrester said. “In fact, she helped former Gov. Ned Ray McWherter make this state a better place to live and raise a family when she led Tennessee’s Department of Human Services before heading to Washington, D.C.
“President Obama certainly has chosen a highly intelligent and very capable person to help him shape a legislative agenda that will move this country forward and better our society. All Tennesseans can be proud of the dedicated service Ms. DeParle has provided this state and this nation.
“I am confident Ms. DeParle will give good and wise counsel to the president in her new role,” Forrester added.
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ORLANDO – One of the first things that Peg Dunmire thought of when she heard about the tragic shootings in Tucson, Arizona that critically injured a local congresswoman was the final day of her own campaign for Congress last November. On that single day, Dunmire and her staff and supporters watched uncomfortably as four men followed them from one event to the next.
It was election day, and Dunmire — the Florida Tea Party’s candidate for the state’s 8th Congressional District — had posted her campaign schedule on her Web site that morning.
As she and her staff traveled from one event to the next, they noticed the same four men following her everywhere they went.
“They got my schedule because I had released it that morning, where I was going to be on Election Day,” Dunmire said. “They went to all my events.”
Finally, the staff got nervous enough that they contacted police. An officer approached one of the men to find out why he was following the candidate.
“You know what they said?” Dunmire recalled. “They said, ‘Because she’s not a legitimate candidate.’ I think elections decide that.”
Saturday’s shooting of Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and others at a supermarket parking lot in Tucson has set off a national debate about anger, violence and heated political rhetoric in American politics.
It’s not yet clear if the man arrested for the shooting, Jared Lee Loughner, had any clear political motive, but the case has put a spotlight on the issue of inflammatory political language, and spurred a number of lawmakers to question how they can protect themselves at public events — with a few promising they’ll carry weapons themselves from now on.
Another lawmaker, U.S. Rep. Carolyn McCarthy, D-N.Y., announced she would introduce legislation aimed at banning the high-capacity ammunition clip used by the gunman in the Tucson shootings. McCarthy won a seat in Congress in 1996, three years after her husband was shot and killed, and her son seriously injured, during a shooting on a Long Island commuter train.
Dunmire, the chairman of the Florida Tea Party, said she understands how ugly campaign speech can get, noting that the stalkers who followed her on election day were symptomatic of anyone who disagreed with her views or platform, and responded as if her candidacy posed a threat.
“I ended up being subjected to the rhetoric of hate,” Dunmire said. “It happened to me here. We need to understand this hostility is pervasive.”