Hey, Bill White: Don't Listen to Jason Stanford

Eyes upon Texas rolled today when political consultant Jason Stanford, fresh off his firing from the Farouk Shami campaign, and most recently employed by Kinky Friedman (I-TX) (D-TX) (Raising Money for Republican Lamar Smith-TX) attempted to offer his two cents on the Bill White campaign over at the Texas Tribune.

While I loved the "Farouk is on fi-yah" meme back in March, I'd say those two cents would be better spent on a bottle of BioSilk or, say, paying back Farouk some of his hard-earned, stupidly-spent CHI cache which, admittedly, I contributed to (hey, a girl's gotta give for stick-straight hair).

Now Stanford, playing the role of the annoying friend who drank too much of The Woodlands jungle juice, seems to believe that Bill White needs to stand out against the desperate campaign that Rick Perry is running, simply because the wire-rimmed candidate who last made a run against Perry in 2006--Chris Bell--was unable to gain much momentum.

In other words, Stanford wants White to go Maverick-ey.

On the Rick Perry coyote debacle, Stanford suggested that Bill White should have seized the opportunity to hand out hunting vests with his campaign logo on them. To steal a line from Amy Poehler and Seth Meyers: Really?! Are you proposing Bill White give those vests to the one in four Texans who is currently without health care as a consolation prize for their failing kidney? Really?!

Alternatively, just days after Coyote Gate, instead of ordering up a thousand union-made hunting vests, Bill White garnered a front-page Dallas Morning News story with a PR person's dream headline: Winning over GOP is Bill White's grand old plan to beat Rick Perry in Texas governor's race. And while Rick Perry was spouting off "act of God" drivel, White skewered our current Governor on Scott Braddock's KLRD-AM's Beyond the Headlines radio show. Calling Perry's statement, "just irresponsible," a measured Bill White cited Reagan's (yes, that Reagan) reaction to the 1986 Challenger space shuttle disaster--looking at ways to improve upon a flawed system without entirely shutting down a prosperous, popular program--as a better way to react rather than chalking it up to God having a bad day.

I just have one question for Jason Stanford, whose byline on the Tribune ends with a pandering mention of Stanford having a sign in his yard for Bill White:

Why bother with the yard sign?

"Jack Be Nimble" comes from the mid-nineteenth century nursery rhyme when jumping candlesticks was a sport and form of fortune-telling. Those who made it over the candlestick without extinguishing the flame were considered to have good luck. In the case of Bill White, he doesn't need an act of God, nor does he need luck. In the polls, he's within four points--he's already cleared the candlestick. Between now and November, Bill White only has six more to go.
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3 Response to "Hey, Bill White: Don't Listen to Jason Stanford"

  • Perry Dorrell, aka PDiddie Says:

    One nit to pick:

    The Woodlands isn't a jungle; it's a thicket.


  • Anonymous Says:

    With respect, I think you missed the mark a bit. I read Stanford's column. Seemed like well intended constructive criticism from a seasoned political operative. I'd be inclined to listen to people who have first hand experience running gubernatorial campaigns against my opposition, even if the advice isn't what I want to hear. White's still got a long way to go, after all.


  • Mean Rachel Says:

    Good point, PDiddie.

    Thanks for stopping by, anon. Firsthand experience running a losing gubernatorial campaign is one thing, but selling out to the highest political bidder always makes my hair stand on end.