Target #1: Chet Edwards (D-TX)

My series on Dem targets for 2010 won’t come with any preordained regularity due to the ebb and flow of events that determine the status of a campaign.  A lot of things can happen between now and November.  Many states have not even held their primaries to determine the GOP challengers for particular races. 

My home state of Texas is not one of those states.  Our primaries were held in March, and our run-offs finished earlier this month.  And there is one race in Texas that appears well in hand for the GOP (barring any unforeseen events prior to November).

Rep. Chet Edwards is now an endangered species in Congress.  He represents a district just south of Dallas-Fort Worth that gave John McCain 67% of their vote.  The district includes Baylor University (the nation’s largest Southern Baptist University) and Crawford (the location of George W’s ranch). Edwards is an incumbent with 10 terms up his sleeve.  His death-kiss came during the last election when Nancy Pelosi encouraged Obama to consider him for the VP slot.  Ooops.  Chet won his last re-election with 53% of the vote against an underfunded GOP opponent. 

This time he is opposed by Bill Flores, a businessman from Bryan/College Station (Gig ‘Em Aggies).  He is a solid conservative with a great message.  He believes in limited government, is pro-life, affirms the 2nd amendment right to bear arms, believes in securing our borders, supports our missions in Iraq and Afghanistan and opposes Obama’s spending and socialist agenda.  I have no qualms with Flores and have chosen to adopt him for the 2010 election.

Edwards, a supposed “moderate,” has a Dem party-line support rating of 97%.  True – he voted against Obamacare after Pelosi had it all wrapped up with her 218 votes.  According to Dick Morris, however, “he voted for the stimulus package, for raising the debt limit, and for the Death Tax; he even voted against banning partial-birth abortions.”  I’m just beside myself that this liberal could represent such a solidly conservative district.  This is a mismatch from Hell.  You can see Edwards’ voting record here.

I don’t have any dirt on Chet.  I’m not concerned with that.  For all I know, he is a perfectly sweet guy – personally.  But what I do know about Edwards is that he is a phoney and a foot-soldier for Nancy Pelosi.  He pretends to be moderate or conservative when he comes home to Texas, but that flight back to DC must mess with his head.  When he gets there, he mysteriously becomes a yes-man for Nancy Pelosi, voting with her 97% of the time.  Chet has outstayed his welcome in DC representing this conservative district.  I will boldly make my first prediction – Chet Edwards is toast.


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