New Ads In the Race For Governor
October 29, 2010

Bill White and Rick Perry have released new television ads that will run statewide in the  final days of the campaign.

The latest polls suggest Perry is holding a strong lead over White, but the ads could be considered the candidates closing arguments  or their last shot at swaying any undecided voters.

White’s ad is called “A New Governor” and it sums up the choices that voters have in this election: a career politician or a businessman, according to the White campaign. The ad mentions Perry several times.

 Meanwhile, Governor Perry has released a new ad called “A Clear Choice”

Perry, already the state’s longest-serving governor, is asking voters for an unprecedented third term.

 The ad is warm and to the point.

It never mentions White by name and Perry is clearly looking ahead to after election day.

New Ad Urges Gov. Perry To “Face the People of Texas”
October 5, 2010

(news release)

In Full Page Ad in 41 Texas Newspapers, Back to Basics Demands Rick Perry Face the People of Texas.

 Ad confronts Perry’s cowardly refusal to debate publicly, and to acknowledge record-setting $21 billion budget shortfall. (Austin, Texas)

Today, Back to Basics PAC is running a full-page ad in 41 newspapers across Texas, calling out Rick Perry for his cowardly refusal both to face voters in an open debate and to acknowledge that Texas is facing the worst budget crisis in recent memory. Seeing an urgent need for Perry to address our state’s budget crisis and his stubborn refusal to do so, Back to Basics has nearly doubled the number of newspapers of its run of the now infamous “Coward” ad.

As recently as Sunday, Perry was missing in action during a public gubernatorial debate. Back to Basics agrees with the many Texans who believe that Perry is simply afraid to answer questions about his dismal and costly 10-year career as governor. Following recent reports that Perry has accepted millions from political appointees to critical state agencies and corporate recipients of tax-payer funded grants, Texans are demanding that Perry, a 25-year career politician, be held accountable. In the new ad, entitled “Face Us”, Back to Basic outlines the implications of the anticipated $21 billion budget shortfall by describing how it will affect the lives of ordinary Texans. Last year, Perry covered his budget shortfall using $16 billion of President Barack Obama’s federal stimulus money. This time, Perry will not have stimulus money to cover the funding gap. Back to Basics has revamped a previously released website,, to feature in full the “Face Us” print ad. Additionally, Back to Basics PAC released the following statement:

“Rick Perry again proved what a coward he is by stiffing Texans and skipping out of Sunday’s gubernatorial debate. With a looming $21 billion budget deficit and the recent scandals showing Perry’s willingness to sell out our state government to campaign donors, it’s no wonder he’s afraid to face the people of Texas. “Texans are tired of long-time career politicians like Rick Perry, who hides from voters in his $10,000 per month, taxpayer-funded rental mansion, and refuses to be held accountable for his record. We encourage voters to get the facts for themselves at”

Facebook and the Texas Governor’s Race
October 5, 2010




So all this time you thought Facebook was just another way for you to waste time by posting pictures or leaving comments on your friend’s embarrassing status updates?

According to a new report,  Facebook has also become an effective campaign tool  in the race for Governor of  Texas. 

The report, compiled by GNI Strategies, reveals  that democratic candidate Bill White is winning the social media race: He has more fans than Rick Perry and those fans are contributing to the campaign:

What do you think?

Will Facebook make a difference on election day?

(News Release on the report) 

(AUSTIN) – A new report shows that Democratic candidate Bill White has built a considerable advantage over incumbent Governor Rick Perry on Facebook. The report, titled “Facebook and the Texas Governor’s Race: How Bill White is Winning the Social Media Race” shows that White has over 92,000 more Facebook fans than his opponent, Perry. White’s fans are also more engaged than Perry’s fans, with more than twice as many interactions on the popular social networking site.

“Numbers don’t have an agenda or ideology. Looking at the numbers, Bill White wins every metric. He has more fans, comments and likes,” said Matt Glazer, a principal at the Austin-based company GNI Strategies. “The numbers show Bill White is outperforming Rick Perry, and numbers don’t lie.” 

The report provides an analysis of the importance of Facebook in the Texas Governor’s race. Three Texas cities – Houston, Dallas, and San Antonio – rank in the top ten for Facebook use in the country. At least 60% of Texans living in those cities are on Facebook. The report also shows how Facebook has considerable more impact in social media than Twitter, with people spending ten times the amount of time on Facebook than Twitter.

 “With the ability to raise money, organize field efforts, and deliver a message to over 135,000 people with nothing more than a status update, Bill White is winning Texas’ social media race,” said Phillip Martin, joint-author of the report and Communications Specialist for the Texas Democratic Trust. “Facebook is the mall of the new millennium, and it is important for candidates and campaigns to recognize its importance if they want to be successful.”

 Facebook is the #1 social networking site in the country, and a new movie about the site, “The Social Network,” debuted at #1 at the box office this weekend. Following the September 14, 2010 primary elections, CNN ran a headline proclaiming “Candidates with more Facebook fans win big on Tuesday.”

Midnight Deadline Passes: No Debate In Race For TX. Governor
September 16, 2010

Bill White and Gov.Rick Perry both campaigned in Houston on Wednesday, but they were miles apart on the issue of having a debate before the November 2 election.

Perry stood his ground and stuck to the midnight deadline for White to release additional income tax returns covering the years he was chair of the Texas Democratic Party and later served as deputy U.S. Secretary of Energy.

For his part, White accused Perry of playing the people of  Texas by setting artificial conditions for a debate. White, who has released his income tax returns covering the six years he was Mayor of Houston, also said that Perry was disrespecting the people of  Texas.

Both campaigns issued official statements on their rhetorical debate over the debate.  I’ve posted both below:


From Perry’s campaign:  Scandal has followed every time liberal trial lawyer has released some past tax returns

For 192 days liberal trial lawyer Bill White has failed to come clean with the people of Texas about how he has profited while serving the public by refusing to release his tax returns for his years in public service. If by midnight tonight Bill White does not release tax returns he filed while serving as Deputy Secretary of Energy (1993-1995) and Chairman of the Texas Democratic Party (1995-1998), because of his actions to hide his business dealings there will be no gubernatorial debate in 2010.

“When the clock strikes midnight, the people of Texas will unfortunately lose the opportunity to see the candidates debate because of Bill White’s lack of transparency and honesty,” said Texans for Rick Perry spokesman Mark Miner. “Every time liberal Bill White has released some of his past tax returns, scandal has followed. The tax returns Bill White has released revealed that he profiteered following Hurricane Rita, he earned millions while mayor of Houston serving on the board of a company under investigation by Congress for lying to the EPA, and he was not being honest when he said he hadn’t made a penny from the company he formed to exploit his Washington contacts and do business in the Middle East. Why is Bill White still hiding the truth about his financial activity from the people of Texas?”

From Bill White Campaign

STATEMENT: Rick Perry’s refusal to debate


25-year incumbent hides from debates, editorial boards, tough questions
HOUSTON — Bill White today issued the following statement on Rick Perry’s refusal to debate, meet with editorial boards or answer tough questions about the $18 billion budget hole.

“There are 18 billion reasons why Rick Perry has decided not to debate. Debates are a means of accountability for voters, and Perry’s showing his true colors as a scripted professional politician who thinks he’s entitled to re-election,” said White. “I’ll debate him anywhere, anytime.”

“Rick Perry will say anything to get elected, but he won’t say it to Bill White’s face in a debate. He’s hoping to get by in a job interview on little feel-good soundbites,” said Katy Bacon, campaign spokesperson.

Bill White released all tax returns from his years as Houston’s mayor, just as Perry has released tax returns from his years in elected public office. While Bill White built businesses, Perry is a 25-year career politician.

“Bill White has released far more detailed information concerning his income than Rick Perry, and that’s not even a close question,” said Bacon.

Bill White for Governor Campaign Recruits A Veteran Political Player
August 29, 2010

The Bill White campaign for governor of  Texas is getting an experienced political operative to help the former Houston Mayor defeat Governor Rick Perry.

I ran into William Paul Thomas Saturday night at the Greater Houston Partnership World Trade Soiree.  He confirmed to 2 On The Beat that he is joining the campaign through election day in November.

Thomas plans to take a sixty day leave of absence from his job as chief  of staff for Houston city council member Sue Lovell.

He wouldn’t provide specifics about his role when I asked him to describe his responsibilities.  He told me that he would to defer to the campaign to make the announcement.

I assume that he  is going to help White  create some excitement and bolster election day turnout in African-American communities across Texas.

I’ve heard grumblings from many Democrats that White is  taking  African-American voters for granted.  

Some are also upset that he doesn’t have a prominent African-American on his campaign staff. 

If  White doesn’t give African-Americans a reason to vote for him in November, many will stay home, and  he’ll have a tough time defeating Rick Perry.

Thomas is a political campaign veteran and he has worked on staff for  U.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee and Senator Rodney Ellis, in addition  to his current job at city hall.

New Poll Is Positive For Governor Perry
May 18, 2010

With a new poll showing that he has a comfortable lead over Democrat Bill White, Governor Rick Perry is making plans to rally his supporters in Houston this week.

 Message from Governor Rick Perry  Come join Governor Perry & First Lady Anita Perry in Houston    with their special guest
Governor Mitt Romney

The new Rasmussen poll released Monday shows  Perry with a  51% to 38% percent advantage over the former Houston Mayor.

It’s the first time that Perry has polled at 50% or higher, which is good news for an incumbent governor.  It was only one month ago when the same poll had the race at 45%-41%, advantage Perry.

So how did the longest-serving governor of  Texas blow open this strong lead?

For the past several weeks  the Perry campaign has sharply criticized  White for refusing  to release his income tax returns and the ongoing problems with  METRO and the former CEO Frank Wilson.

Mayor Annise Parker’s frank talk about the financial problems facing the city probably haven’t made White look too sharp in the eyes of  voters across the state. 

It’s still early in the race and polls go up and go down, but  if you want to celebrate the latest news with Perry and see former  Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, you’ll need to register in advance for the free event:
Date: Wednesday May 19th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Location: J.W. Marriott, Grand Ballroom 5150 Westheimer Houston, TX 77056
This is a private event and RSVP is required to attend.
Please contact our Houston Field Director to RSVP!
Elyse Derian- Houston Field Director 858-722-8653 


Bill White Ready For General Election
March 3, 2010

March 2, 2010

With Texans united, Bill White looks to November

Candidate pledges to serve Texans of all political viewpoints
HOUSTON — Tonight, in front of hundreds of supporters gathered in Houston, White addressed Texans of both parties and emphasized Texas’ future. 

White was introduced by his children, with his daughter Elena expressing gratitude, “Our family has been blessed by you, and the thousands who have joined you in volunteering, making phone calls, emailing, giving your time and giving financially.”

White began by saying, “Today Texans sent a message to the entrenched interests in Austin: Texans are ready for a new governor.”

He invited Texans from all political viewpoints to join his team, saying he would be a governor who would serve all Texans – urban, rural, Democratic, Republican and Independent – with integrity and a non-partisan spirit.

“We invite those who supported other candidates to join our team, which consists of citizens from all backgrounds and both parties. We are committed to honest, competent, decentralized and accountable government. We believe that more unites than divides Texans,” White said.

White predicted political posturing and a divisive approach from his opponent, giving several examples.

“We understand that those in power will do anything to avoid having to compete in the private sector… Rick Perry and his consultants and insiders will try to hide the growth in state spending in Austin by attacking the growth in government in Washington.” White said. 
“Rick Perry and his consultants will complain of strings attached to federal funds, though year after year those in Austin have imposed requirements and unfunded mandates on Texas’ local school districts, cities and counties,” he continued.

“Texans understand your game of divide and conquer. Don’t try to claim some monopoly on Texas values. It is time we move our state forward.”

Hutchison’s New TV AD Attacks Governor Perry On “Cronyism”
February 4, 2010

Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison has released a new TV ad that attacks Governor Rick Perry for his alleged cronyism while in office.

“Rick  Perry has presided over a decade of cronyism where his top contributors and staffers-turned-lobbyists have seen their interests prevail ahead of the need of Texans. Perry’s culture of cronyism in Austin – which brought us the Trans Texas Corridor and the HPV mandate – won’t change until we have a new governor,”  according to a statement released from the Hutchison campaign.