Michael Williams (R-TX) for Senate

Promoted from Diaries. – Moe Lane

I’ve been a big fan of Michael Williams’ for the last couple of years. I don’t quite remember how I, living in Oregon, came about knowing who the Chairman of the Texas Railroad Commission was, but I support him to replace Kay Bailey Hutchison as the Senator from the great state of Texas.

First, Hutchison is starting to set up a run for Governor:

Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison on Thursday took the first step toward her anticipated run for Texas governor, establishing an exploratory committee that will allow her to raise money for the 2010 campaign.

I suspect that she could knock off current governor Rick Perry in the Republican primary. What is not known is if she will resign her senate seat to do so. If she does, then a special election will be called.

Whether by appointment or by special election, I support Michael Williams for the seat.

I know what you’re thinking, Chairman of the Railroad Commission??? The title is a little misleading, the Texas Railroad Commission is actually an energy commission (dropping rail oversight in 2005, but not changing the name), and the commissioners are elected statewide:

The Railroad Commission of Texas is the state agency that regulates the oil and gas industry, gas utilities, pipeline safety, safety in the liquefied petroleum gas industry, and surface coal and uranium mining. Established by the Texas Legislature in 1891, the commission is the state’s oldest regulatory agency.

He was first elected in 2000 to fill out the final 2 years of a 6 year term, reelected in 2002 to a full term and then reelected this year for another 6 years. He’s conservative (all three legs), he’s well spoken and a proud, outspoken Reagan conservative. He addressed the Republican convention this year, but I give you the video of his address to the Texas State Republican Convention:

I’m pretty sure that after you watch the video, that should Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison either step down to run, or become governor, you’d join me in supporting Michael Williams for Texas Senator .