Democrats Stick with Flawed Governor Candidate Lupe Valdez in Rebuilding Plan to Appeal to Hispanic Voters

Texas Democrats are faced with a vexing choice: Pick a candidate for governor who on paper matches up better against incumbent Republican Greg Abbott? Or stick with a rebuilding plan and nominate the progressive candidate who could better appeal to the Hispanic voters seen as the key to sustainable success?

That’s the backdrop of Tuesday’s Democratic runoff for governor between former Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez and Houston investor Andrew White, the son of former Gov. Mark White.

White is telling Democrats he’s the best hope for defeating Abbott, but many progressive primary voters see Valdez as more reflective of their liberal leanings. They don’t care if she’s shaky on the issues and that Abbott is giddy over the prospect of running against her.

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Unlike Beto O’Rourke, the party’s U.S. Senate nominee against incumbent Republican Ted Cruz, Valdez and White have not raised much money or captured the excitement of Democrats looking for a way out of the harsh political wilderness.

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The race for governor, arguably the biggest, most prestigious prize in Texas politics, reveals that Texas Democrats are still stuck in a perpetual rebuilding mode. {snip}

At stake for Democrats is more than winning. They are reshaping the face, makeup and message of the party. Thirty years ago, white Democrats, especially men, were the dominant force statewide. And the party’s ideology was diverse, with conservatives, moderates and progressives all having a place.

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Andrew White entered the race with a goal of bringing conservatives and moderate Democrats like his father back into the fold. Even some of his detractors concede he has a better chance of beating Abbott than Valdez does. And it’s clear that Abbott wants to run against Valdez. He’s brazenly tried to influence the Democratic race by declaring her the winner of Tuesday’s contest and developing a website that points to her liberal stances on issues.

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Valdez embodies, in ideology, where the party wants to be. {snip}

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When White got into the race, the field was devoid of major candidates. He could have been the party’s standard-bearer and Abbott’s punching bag. {snip}

But party Chairman Gilberto Hinojosa badly wanted a Hispanic candidate near the top of the ticket. Hispanic voters hold the key to the party’s future success, and he believes that Valdez is a building block in that direction.

When bigger names and more polished candidates like former San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro, his twin brother and U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro, and state Rep. Rafael Anchia of Dallas opted against being sacrificed in November, Valdez became the favorite of party insiders.

{snip} Laredo oilman Tony Sanchez could have been a vehicle to attract Hispanic voters, but instead became a cash cow for Democratic consultants who milked $60 million of his fortune for his unsuccessful campaign against Republican Rick Perry.

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The problem for Democrats is that they haven’t been successful in doing the hard work of registering Hispanic voters and getting them accustomed to showing up at the polls. So they are sending Valdez into a mission impossible situation.

Texas Democratic gubernatorial candidates Andrew White and Lupe Valdez took part in a debate May 11. White says he’s the Democrats’ best hope for defeating Gov. Greg Abbott, but many progressive primary voters see Valdez as more reflective of their liberal leanings.

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Hypocritical Educrat Arne Duncan

Educrat (ED-yoo-krat) noun, usually pejorative. A government school official or administrator whose primary function is to spend tax dollars telling other parents what to do with their children.

Beltway education bureaucrats abhor families who choose to keep their kids out of public schools — unless it’s to grandstand over gun control.

Behold Arne Duncan, longtime pal of Barack Obama and former U.S. Department of Education secretary, who called last weekend for parents nationwide to withdraw students from classes “until gun laws (are) changed to keep them safe.”

Emotions are still raw after a teen shot 10 classmates and teachers to death in Texas last week. But Duncan has no excuse for his cynical, made-for-cable-TV exploitation of the Santa Fe High School massacre. Existing state laws banning minors under 18 from purchasing or possessing guns didn’t stop the shooter. Neither did laws against possessing sawed-off shotguns or pipe bombs.

And contrary to hysterical early reports, the accused 17-year-old gunman did not use “assault rifles.” So a “common sense” ban on “assault weapons” would not have saved lives, either.

But effective solutions to maximize students’ safety and well-being seemingly aren’t Duncan’s goals. His mission is airtime. Publicity. Entertainment. Provocation for provocation’s sake. Show time — for the children, of course.

School boycotts are a “radical idea,” he admitted to MSNBC. “It’s controversial. It’s intentionally provocative.” Praising teacher walkouts and student protests, Duncan told The Atlantic he supported parent-initiated school shutdowns for gun control because “we are not protecting our kids… And the fact that we’re not doing that — we’re not willing to think radically enough to do it — I can’t stomach that.”

Ah, the royal, unstomachable “we.”

Here’s another thing I find hard to swallow: Education overlord Arne Duncan now championing the radical idea of parents exercising their autonomy to do what’s best for their children.

As Obama’s meddling power-hungry education secretary, Duncan attacked “white suburban moms” and their children who turned to homeschooling in protest of the top-down Common Core “standards”/testing/data-mining program. Duncan sneered that he found it “fascinating” that the grass-roots anti-Common Core revolt came from “white suburban moms who — all of a sudden — their child isn’t as brilliant as they thought they were, and their school isn’t quite as good as they thought they were.”

This elitist control freak revealed his fundamental disdain for rabble-rousing parents who’ve taken educational matters in to their own hands. By characterizing the movement against Common Core as “white” and “suburban,” Duncan also exposed his bigotry against countless parents “of color,” like myself, who’ve long opposed Fed Ed’s sabotage of academic excellence, local control and student privacy in school districts across the country.

Note that newly minted parents’ rights advocate Arne Duncan never once advocated boycotting Chicago public schools, which he ran for eight years, for their abject failure to quell rampant school violence.

Nor has Duncan called for parents to demand their districts withdraw from the disastrous “PROMISE” alternative discipline program that he helped create. (After Duncan’s protege, Broward County school superintendent Robert Runcie, initially denied that Parkland, Fla., shooter Nicholas Cruz had benefited from the program, he sheepishly acknowledged last week that Cruz had in fact been referred to the program and avoided criminal prosecution for school vandalism as a result.)

Nor has Duncan said a peep about systemic coddling of abusers in the classroom by teachers’ union presidents in New Jersey and Ohio, as exposed over the past month by undercover investigative journalists at Project Veritas.

Instead, Duncan has won high praise and more media interviews for his phony boycott proposal. “My family is all in if we can do this at scale,” he nobly tweeted.

But what his slavering fans in the liberal media won’t tell you is that Duncan’s wife works at and his own children attend the exclusive, private University of Chicago Laboratory Schools in tony Hyde Park, which a Lab Schools brochure brags is “patrolled by the University of Chicago Police Department and private security.”

Armed, of course, for thine and thee, Arne. But not for we.

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