I find some of the rhetoric going on between Senator Hutchison and Governor Perry to be already a bit harsh, so here are the bare bones of the story:
Hutchison told WBAP-AM (820) host Mark Davis that she would officially kick-off her campaign in August.
“Formal announcement: I am in. Then the actual leaving of the Senate will be sometime — October, November — that, in that time frame,” she said.
It was her most definitive statement yet that she would leave the Senate in the middle of her third term.
This being a Senate seat, there will be an appointment made by the Governor, followed by a special election for the remaining two years of Senator Hutchison's term. As the disclaimer below makes clear, my recommendation for Governor Perry is to appoint Texas Railroad Commissioner Michael Williams for the position, on the grounds that Williams is a). a solid conservative; b). prepared (thanks to his role as Railroad Commissioner*) to be a powerful voice on energy policy; and c). actively running for the spot. Oh, and d). he'll be talking at the RS Gathering.
*For those wondering: the Railroad Commission in Texas doesn't handle actually railroads. Railroad Commissioner is an elected position that handles energy policy, and it's one of the most powerful offices in the state.
Full disclosure: I am in regular contact with the Michael Williams campaign, and I endorse him as a replacement to Senator Hutchison, once she resigns her Senate seat.
Crossposted to Moe Lane.