Dems running into more Texas trouble
There is another roadblock on the Democrats' plan to turn Texas blue. On Monday Michael Barone belatedly noted the unexpected showing of Ray Madrigal indicates possible dissatisfaction by Hispanics with the pro-abortion feminists beloved by Democratic Party leadership. What hasn't earned more than a couple of brief mentions, however, is the unexpected development in the US Senate race in Texas. The Democrat plan was to have an attractive, well financed candidate ready for after the Republicans pulled themselves apart in a battle between the establishment and the Tea Party. The reality is the Republican primary was tame but there is to be a runoff between the Democratic Party's favored candidate, millionaire David Alameel, and Kesha Rogers, a 37 year old African-American follower of Lydon LaRouche.
Alameel is a founder of the Jefferson Dental Clinic chain and he is said to be pumping a significant part of his personal fortune into his campaign. He has supported Republican candidates in the past, but now says Republicans have become too extreme. Rogers had raised next to nothing. She has also called for the impeachment of Obama and is said to have once painted a Hitler-like mustache on an Obama poster. She has been photographed holding such a poster. Like the typical follower of Lyndon LaRouche, she is vocally against Wall Street interests, which followers of LaRouche seem to think are controlled by British bankers connected to the Royal Family.
When a poll a week before the March 4 primary showed Rogers in the lead, the Democratic Party scrambled to spread the negative word about her to prevent a runoff -- or to at least make sure she came in third in the five candidate field. They failed on both counts as Rogers was the winner in 33 counties. Many of them were small rural counties, but she also carried Waller County in the Houston exurbs. While Alameel was the overwhelming winner garnering 47.1% of the vote, Rogers ran four percentage points ahead of what seems to be the other template for the Democrat candidate for statewide office, lawyer and single mother Maxey Scheer,
Unlike Ray Madrigal's surprising 20% of the vote in the gubernatorial primary, which was concentrated in the heavily Hispanic border counties, Roger's support comes from all parts of the state. Nor can it be attributed to racial solidarity, as she won several counties in the Panhandle and in West Texas where there are few African Americans.
This is not the first time followers of Lyndon LaRouche have given the leadership of the Democratic Party heartburn. LaRouche's movement has shown a knack for positioning superficially attractive candidates in low interest Democrat primaries. As a result, both the Democratic Party and the media are usually quick to draw attention to any candidate's LaRouche connections. Thus the question here is: did Rogers do as well as she did because the voters were ignorant of her political connections or was it because they knew, but liked her strident anti-Obama message?