Upon arising on the first day of the week (Sunday morning), it was of some (not) little interest to me just who might possibly be our new state senator, filling the unexpired (until November) term of the senator (Averitt) who had resigned.
So, in this so-called age of information, I cranked up the laptop and checked out the Ellis County site.
Well, okay, maybe the county seat’s (Waxahachie) almost-daily newspaper’s site will have printed at least the name of the winner.
Nope, not a word.
Surely the eighth or ninth-largest city in the US’s (Dallas) newspaper will have announced whether Birdwell, Sibley, Yancy, or the Democrat (Avant) came out on top. Dang, struck out again.
It crossed my mind that an Averitt had retired (for some obscure reason or other), and an Avant was the Democrat running for the same office.
Does that strike you as a little strange?
You know, the Av-thing; Averitt – Avant; what are the odds for that? Never mind.
Still curious as to the special election outcome, I decided to try the newspaper in the nation’s top-30, size-wise: Fort Worth.
Well, I didn’t strike the mother-lode of information, but was able to ascertain a runoff would be in the offering.
Hey, yet another election; something for the governor to do…
Getting desperate, the nation’s 195th largest?? city’s newspaper was brought up on my (by now, running-hot) laptop. Would you believe it? Paydirt! Thank you Waco Herald-Tribune (I’ll know where to go for information on Texas Senatorial District 22 in the future).
Here’s the dope: After the election results have been certified, Governor Perry will declare a Special Runoff Election to determine who will hold the office of state senator for the remainder of Averitt’s unexpired term to Texas Senatorial District 22, that is if there’s any time remaining between when those results are certified and the Nov. 2 General Election.
Certainly there won’t be nearly enough time remaining for campaigning, which is about the only positive thing to be said about that, since we’ve already had a good dose in this go-around.
The Special Runoff will pit David Sibley against Brian Birdwell. In the just-past special election, Sibley garnered 45.0 percent of the vote, while Birdwell registered 36.5 percent in the four-man race.
Sibley’s been around awhile, formerly holding this same office he’s running for again, prior to Averitt’s senatorial shot, but giving it up to become a lobbyist.
In my book, a lobbyist is either one rung above or one rung below a lawyer. Nevertheless, he will come into the runoff as the favorite to win.
Perhaps sensing Birdwell as his strongest challenger, Sibley’s lawyers tried unsuccessfully to disqualify the Granbury and Hood County citizen prior to the election on the grounds of state residency.
The Texas secretary of state nixed that move.
As I see it, this runoff could easily be cast as a David Vs Goliath contest, with David played by Brian and Goliath played by David.
For clarification, Brian, of course is Brian Birdwell and David is David Sibley (now I’m confused).
Big money and big names are backing Sibley, even our US congressman, Joe Barton, I understand.
For that reason, and by no means by that reason alone, I’m pulling for Brian Birdwell (I can’t resist underdogs).
More to come. May Yahweh (the real God) bless.