News 8 Austin: Electability the Main Difference in HD-047 Dem Primary
Bolton and Earle say public education is the district's top priority and health care problems are a top concern on their platforms.
"The reality is most of the uninsured children in the United States live in Texas," Bolton said.
"Our emergency rooms have become our outpatient clinics. We need to focus on more preventative measures," Earle said.
The two have similar platforms. So for Democratic primary voters heading to the polls, what makes these two candidates different? According to the candidates, it's electability.
"I'm the Democratic candidate who can win this seat in the fall," Bolton said.
"I've already out-raised my primary opponent six to one," Earle said.
I think Rasmus has hit the nail on the head here in pointing out the importance of electability in this primary. I've already given my endorsement to Valinda Bolton, but I think both candidates have acceptable platforms. The main difference to most Democrats will be who can win.
Earle has the advantage of coming from an established Democratic political family, and has name recognition and money. Bolton has the perfect profile of a winning candidate in Travis County next year as a Democratic woman who's worked as a anti- domestic violence advocate, and she has most of the institutional support I think.
Also in the story is what Republicans think about this:
Republican strategists say his father's legal battle with Tom DeLay makes the younger Earle a political liability for Democrats in a swing district. But Earle said he's confident voters will be able to separate his actions from his father's.
Republicans are way off if they think there won't be crossover voters because of Ronnie Earle. I'd be very surprised if he's actually a drag on Jason Earle at all. In the primary, he's probably a help. And if Tom DeLay's trial goes anywhere, Republicans would have to be total idiots to draw attention to it. Especially in Travis County where Democrats are energized and angry.