Sorry but after going back and reading the posts I just had to answer this one. Sorry for bringing up old topics nut I got a real kick out of my friends reply to an earlier post of mine.
CJPark writes in, and I quote: >>"I would bet that Hensarling's probable opponents will be able to make plenty of points with this bill at Hensarlings expense in the next election. It will be funny.<<
Most recent election returns:
>> U. S. Representative District 5
Jeb Hensarling(I) REP
Bill Bernstein DEM 75,911 32.88%
John Gonzalez LIB 6,118 2.65%
Race Total 230,845 <<
do you really think that the folks who live in east and southeast Dallas County, as well as the residents of the following rural counties - Robertson, Madison, Falls, Freestone, Leon, Limestone, Anderson, Henderson - will really be perturbed that someone is trying to defend Southwest Airlines & Love Field?
>>>Hensarling rode GW’s coat tails into office and will likely follow him out of office as well. Now don’t get the wrong idea I am a fan of GW. But you should remember that in politics anything can happen. The rural counties would probably appreciate more attention to the issues that affect them (Agriculture, Oil and Gas exploration and production issues) rather than fighting for an airline that is all ready successful. His next opponent may just be that good old boy the rural voters identify with.
do you really think that anyone is liable to overcome a 2-to-1 edge and the power of incumbency?
Anything is possible in politics. Hell we elected Clinton and Carter didn’t we?
You really don't get the demographic, do you? Hensarling's Dallas County vote base is clearly aligned with the "keep Love Field open...in fact expand it more" mindset.
>>>I would love to know how you can say that with any certainty. Poll numbers? Who ran the poll and where are the results published? Sounds like a typical WN
talking point nothing more nothing less. Clearly you must have a source of information to back up this statement?
These are people of modest means who really, really like Southwest (sort of like the Academy Awards committee and Sally Field, but I digress)
>>> Again how can you make this statement with any certainty?
Bottom Line: Hensarling gets re-elected easily. The person who should be afraid...be very very very afraid....is the representative from the 6th District.
Despite its Republican tendencies, Texas' 6th Congressional District could probably be persuaded to go back to the D column. All you'd need to do is take a conservative Republican, have him switch parties, dump a whole lot of campaign money on him (hello? Southwest Airlines Pilot Association PAC
? Southwest Airlines Freedom Fund?)....oh and it might not hurt if the guy was also a Texas Aggie (just like Barton) AND
a retired Army Officer and Iraq War vet. THAT might make for an interesting race.
>>> Lets see Barton’s largest population base is Tarrant County. I think he is aware of what is important to his constituents. Are you thinking of running for Congress?
Your comments on the PAC
influence is the best reason that I can think of that Johnson and Hensarling sponsored this freedom to fly act anyway. Johnson is ready to retire and may or may not run next election. Who in their right mind would want to anger the rest of the North Texas Delegation? Someone who doesn't have to care anymore?
Funny thing Delays defense fund got a big donation the day he came out for the Wright Repeal. Guess who gave it to him?
Hensarling" His seat is safe. No problem. In fact, if anything, his district probably thinks he failed to go far enough. Instead of just closing Tulsa, his bill should have closed both OKC
and Tulsa and dictated that all Oklahoma air traffic be funneled thru Stillwater, Perry, or maybe McAlester.
>>> Hensarlings seat is not safe as he would like to think it is. Concerning his bill to close the Tulsa Airport whether in retaliation or in jest was in poor taste. His next opponent would be foolish not to capitalize on it.
"Any airline that wants to serve the [region] can go to DFW today and fly anywhere they want," WN spokesman Ed Stewart