Thursday, August 31, 2006
Perry To The Rescue For DeLay Seat
House Republicans' efforts to maintain their 15-seat margin in the House of Representatives faced a major setback when courts ruled that Republicans could not fill the vacancy on the ballot created when former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay dropped his re-election bid just weeks after winning a hotly contested primary in his Houston area district. Gov. Rick Perry (R) is attempting to ease the uphill battle of Republican Shelley Sekula-Gibbs to hold the seat as the consensus write-in candidate. He has declared a special election to fill DeLay's seat for the remaining weeks of his term following the November election. This will allow Sekula-Gibbs' name to appear on the ballot as the Republican candidate in the special election. Voters will still have to write in her name if they want her to serve a full two-year term.