November 8, 2006 |
Republicans were struggling Tuesday to keep the congressional seat vacated by former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, with early election results showing the GOP's write-in candidate trailing her Democratic rival. Shelley Sekula-Gibbs, the Houston city councilwoman chosen by Republican leaders to run after DeLay suddenly dropped out amid legal problems, had 42% of the vote, while Democrat Nick Lampson had 52% in early returns.
August 18, 2006 |
Republicans agreed Thursday to support a Houston city councilwoman as the write-in candidate on the November ballot in place of former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, who resigned from Congress in June. The Texas Republican Party decided it should rally behind one write-in candidate after a federal appeals court ruled DeLay, who won the March Republican primary election, must remain on the ballot. Tina Benkiser, the state GOP party chairwoman, said Dr.
November 15, 2006 |
Shelley Sekula-Gibbs was sworn in as a congresswoman Monday night, and already she's a lame duck. Due to a weird electoral quirk, her term in office expires next month. But you couldn't tell that by listening to her. "I'm working hard to accomplish the things I'm working for," she said Tuesday. "For tax cuts. For immigration reform. To make sure we have a good solution for the war in Iraq." All that? In a few weeks? "If there's a way to do it, I'll do it," she said, smiling.
October 31, 2006 |
Using the backdrop of the Iraq war to launch some of his toughest campaign attacks this political season, President Bush on Monday accused Democrats of being more concerned with pulling U.S. troops out of Iraq than with winning the war.
November 3, 2006 |
President Bush was hosting lawmakers in the Oval Office last week when he asked House Majority Leader John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) to size up GOP prospects in the midterm election. When Boehner said he had already written off some Republican House seats, naming one in the South, Bush protested loudly and called in his chief political advisor. Karl Rove entered on cue with an armful of charts to prove that the seat was still in play and that the party could hold on to its House majority.
November 5, 2006 |
In American politics, this might be the year that the center strikes back. For six years, President Bush and the Republican congressional majority have governed behind a distinctive political strategy that focuses on mobilizing their hard-core supporters with an aggressively conservative agenda, even at the price of straining relations with moderate and independent swing voters.