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Tuesday, April 26, 2005
Dueling campaign quotes
The Houston Chronicle picks up the story of the email from Nate Crain, where Crain complained about the Hutchison camp's denial of several stories: that Crain was disinvited from KBH's events, that Midland GOP Chair Sue Brannon claimed KBH told her she was running for gov to spend more time with her kids, and that state Sen. Deuell claimed Beckwith threatened him with primary opposition.

The Chron has quotes from the campaigns:
Hutchison campaign manager Terry Sullivan said Crain's e-mail is part of an orchestrated effort by Perry's campaign to use a few vocal supporters to shore up his support.

Sullivan said Hutchison is more interested in seeing the Legislature accomplish something about property tax reform and public school finance than in discussing a possible race for governor.

"It's embarrassing that the governor's office is playing politics with this instead of leading on important issues," Sullivan said. "Obviously, he is more concerned about what is good for his campaign than what is good for the people of Texas."

Perry re-election campaign manager Luis Saenz said Crain acted on his own and has not endorsed Perry for governor.

"It just shows the growing grass-roots support that Republicans are showing for Gov. Perry," Saenz said. "Gov. Perry has worked hard for that support."
The AP wire take on the matter is here.

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