TX Candidate Misspells Own Name
Her attorney has since taken responsibility for the error and after a brief scare, a spokesman for the Secretary of State ruled that Strayhorn was still eligible for the ballot despite the snafu.
Strayhorn is actually running an interesting race. As a statewide elected Republican officeholder, she was preparing to challenge incumbent governor Rick Perry in the Republican primary. But as the primary neared, her chances looked increasingly bleak and she decided to file as an independent. This has now pitted Strayhorn, a veteran GOP politician, against her former Republican allies.
This latest development has also put one of Strayhorn's sons in an awkward position. She is the mother of Bush Press Secretary Scott McClellan. McClellan had to choose to either oppose his own mother or line up against his boss (George W. Bush) and home state GOP allies. Unsurpisingly McClellan is backing his mom and says that he and the president have agreed to disagree on the matter.
Her campaign certainly has a better shot at success than most indie bids, but it would take a minor miracle for her to oust Perry. And Strayhorn's gaffe is obviously not a shrewd way to kick off a long-shot independent bid for governor.
Alabama politicians catch a lot of grief (from both inside and outside the state), but I'd wager they can all spell their own name.