2012 Elections

Tyler, TX

#1 Sep 8, 2012
Been reflecting on the Republican primaries. Can anyone shed light on the following?

1. Sheriff. A four-way race, but since black people won't vote in the Republican primary, Garmon doesn't stand a chance.(Not a mystery.) Right before the election, Donn Rust's son gets prosecuted for something that had allegedly been going on forever, but seemingly no on noticed until after Donn starts campaigning. The next most qualified candidate, in my view, loses to some good-ol-boy numbscull who thinks the answer to they jail problem is to serve water instead of cool-aid.

2. Precinct 3 commissioner. The incumbent (Tery Phillips) seemingly well-liked by his constituents all of a sudden has a challenger. Then this other no-name comes out of nowhere and splits the vote 3 ways, causing a run-off between Phillips and Pilcher. It seems to me that Phillips must have raised the ire of the establishment, who tried to unseat him. When it became apparent that Pilcher wasn't in the lead, did they put up that other guy to cause the run-off, to give Pilcher more time to campaign?

3. State Rep. Berman says he is going to retire, then not retire, after Schaeffer announces he is running. The party is lukewarm on Berman, who apparently got crossways with the locals when he got all bent out of shape because the county commissioners voted themselves a raise.

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