Saturday, November 16, 2013

Fort Bend - Next Red County to Go Blue? 2014 Could be It

In a RED State called Texas there is a unique county that is RED but looks like what the rest of America will look like in years hence - FORT BEND. And it is on the edge of becoming BLUE BLUE BLUE. Here's why.

Yes, the same Ft. Bend that is home of Sugar Land, etc. I spent a fascinating 2 hours there today. I came away feeling that the political winds are changing.

Despite what you may think about the current chatter about Obamacare, Democrats have filled nearly every contested office seat in Ft Bend.  It could elect a Democrat Congressman to replace Pete Olson, a Republican and former chief of staff to Sen. Cornyn -- and a new district attorney and county judge, to name a few. Here is why...

Fort Bend is a majority minority country, about 2/3's of the county is a mix of Hispanics, Asians, African Americans, Hindus, Buddhists, everyone except Martians. 1/3 of Ft Bend is white. It is one of the fastest growing counties in the United States - home to cities like Sugar Land and Rosenberg and Richmond. It is part of the new suburbia as Houston doubles in size, as Texas doubles in size in the 21st century.

The GOP has controlled Ft Bend for years. But a one party state leads to odd behavior and extremism. Only a second party can provide voters a chance to make a change in government to insure there are checks and balances, ethics and fairness -- and no, no bid contracts and all that kind of stuff, right?

What I love about the Democratic party is that every meeting looks like America - a diverse mix of people of all colors.  When I ran in GOP primaries, I found that the gatherings were uni-color, whites only with a token or two of other colors. The tea party is more of same yet even more extreme.

I have traveled the world. We are a world of different colors and religions. That is America. The people I have met around the world want the same things that ordinary Americans want - a decent job, to freely practice their religious beliefs, an education for their children, and to be left alone. I know that from having talked to real people worldwide the past 30 years.

Yet Hispanics are not getting a fair shake. Neither are the 99%. I heard stories today from good people of different colors who had never seen anyone else from outside their own culture for YEARS - until one day they were put into a new environment.  One young man told us about moving from an all Hispanic area of Galveston to a little town a few miles away called Santa Fe, which is reputed to be a hotbed of the KKK (Ku Klux Klan) and he was stunned. I find it amazing two separate worlds could be so close.

In this campaign I am going to introduce people to each other - we have a lot in common. I hope to be the bridge that connects us together as it should be.

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