Daily Archives: 04/24/2009

Democratic Race for US Senate

(Community Matters) The two declared candidates are Houston’s Mayor Bill White and former Texas Comptroller John Sharp.  I posted here about meeting Mayor White on Sunday.

Noticed Austin American Statesman political reporter, Gardner Selby’s posting that John Sharp was churning his numbers.  He reported $2.4mm in cash on hand at the end of the quarter – compared to Mayor White’s $2.6mm raised.  What Sharp camp didn’t disclose is that John had loaned himself $2mm, i.e., not even raising $600k.  
This doesn’t feel right.  I – and probably all Americans – aren’t too keen on cooked or nondisclosed books right now (read Goldman Sachs orphan month or other manufactured bank profits). This doesn’t help John Sharp’s credibility.

I haven’t declared for either yet – don’t imagine I will for a while.  I’m mindful of how much John & Charlotte Sharp helped us raise money for AIDS in the mid 90s.  I’ll always be appreciative. Conversations with Mayor White on Sunday suggest he has the same awareness and commitment on this issue as well.
Nice to have two outstanding businessmen & political leaders in the race.