The redistricting battle seems to be coming to a conclusion, and today the pundits are saying we will have a combined primary on May 29th. Incumbents all over the state were fighting against a split primary, where there would be voting for President and US Senate on one date and Federal House and State Senate and House on another date. Why? Because grassroots candidates would have had a much greater chance of unseating incumbents in a split primary. Without the Presidential election on the ballot, you generally only get hardcore voters to the polls. Those hardcore voters tend to be more idealistic and hence favor the grassroots candidates.
What does this mean for Keller? Giovanni Capriglione’s campaign just got a little tougher, but the uphill climb isn’t as difficult as it has been in years past to unseat Truitt. With the late date of the primary, the Presidential election should already be decided. That will decrease normal turnout. Secondly, Giovanni is working harder than any candidate has ever worked in District 98. So far he has already personally knocked on over 4,000 doors. He has an energetic base of supporters that are both giving money and time to his campaign. Meanwhile, Truitt is acting like she is unbeatable. She isn’t working very hard and has a ton of money in the bank.
If there is one thing to learn from Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich’s campaigns is that money isn’t winning elections this cycle. Hard work is.
On another note about Gio, word came down that a local writer with a bestselling book has endorsed him this week.
Today Giovanni Capriglione, candidate for Texas House District 98, was endorsed by New York Times best seller and member of the Liberty Institute’s advisory board, Kevin Freeman. Kevin Freeman is a resident of House District 98 and is the leading expert in the nation regarding economic terrorism and the threat it poses to our country.
Freeman endorsed Giovanni by stating “Everywhere I go I get asked by conservatives if I’m endorsing Giovanni. The answer is yes! It’s clear that the voters in my district are tired of the moderate views supposedly representing us in Austin and desire a true conservative like Giovanni Capriglione.”
Giovanni commented on the endorsement saying “Kevin Freeman is one of the most respected individuals in our community. He has a history of standing for strong conservative values and I’m honored to receive his endorsement. Every day we have more leaders in the community joining our campaign, they all agree it’s time for conservative leadership in the Texas House.”
I have ordered Kevin’s book and he has agreed to do an interview for the blog once I finish it.