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Friday, January 13, 2006

TX Candidate Misspells Own Name

A candidate running for governor in Texas' name was misspelled on her own filing application. The candidate involved, Carole Keeton Strayhorn, is no crackpot either. Strayhorn is the twice elected State Comptroller and a longtime Texas political fixture. Yet her candidate filing application twice misspelled her last name as "Strahorn", omitting the "y".

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.


Anonymous Scarnes said...

your operative word is 'wager'. if mcgregor tells 99% of the legislators to spell correctly, they will, otherwise they perform like dullards strung on a wire, jumping to his every whim.

11:35:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

She also has another son. Mark McClellan who is Commissioner of the FDA.

A somewhat irony, she was recently endorsed by the Texas State Teachers Association, yet she couldn't spell her own name. Although you might have trouble too remembering Carole Keeton McClellan Rylander Strayhorn.

11:37:00 AM  
Blogger PoliSciZac said...

Yeah Mark McClellan is actually the Medicare chief.

Given the chaotic state of the TX race, I'd give a hard look at voting for Kinky Friedman.

5:14:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

scott mclellans family goes back to the kennedy assassination days of texas power. they dont need to know how to spell.

5:44:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Another non-story. I feel like this site is sponsored by FoxNews.

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