The Chronicle‘s Eric Hanson reports that Rep. Tom DeLay (R) has gained an opponent for the GOP primary:
A 50-year-old attorney from Sugar Land has filed to run against U.S. Rep. Tom DeLay for the 22nd District in the Republican primary in March.
Thomas A. Campbell, who specializes in environmental law, is the third Republican challenger to take on DeLay, who has held the post since 1985.
Campbell paid the filing fee of $3,125 to the Texas Republican Party in Austin on Wednesday and entered his name in the race.
“We need to return some decency and civility to the way we conduct the public’s business,” Campbell said.
Campbell said he found it has become increasingly difficult for him to vote for DeLay….
Sugar Land political consultant and blogger Chris Elam suggests that Mr. Campbell seems to have found it difficult to bother voting much at all:
My records show that he’s voted in two GOP primaries over the last 12 years (’96 / ’02).
A glowing profile by Todd Spivak in the Houston Press describes Campbell as a “Washington insider and Republican party loyalist.”
Spivak does touch on a matter previously reported by the Chronicle‘s Kristen Mack about perennial DeLay challenger and loser Mike Fjetland:
After the 2000 primary, Fjetland sent DeLay a letter in which he promised to support him in exchange for a plum political appointment. DeLay never responded. “When we’re young and naive, you know, sometimes we do stupid things,” Fjetland explains when asked about the incident. He was 50 years old at the time.
And it’s not a column on local politics without a few quotes from happening Houston bicyclist and political scientist Bob Stein:
Some Democrats want DeLay re-elected to continue his slow burn in the courts, the media and opinion polls, according to Rice University political science professor Robert Stein. “They see him as a poster child for Republican corruption,” Stein says.
“Tom DeLay’s more likely to resign or be convicted than lose in a straight election,” predicts Stein, the Rice professor.
That sounds about right.