Binderim's Blog

Saturday, March 11, 2006

Success in Beaumont!

Gary Binderim (CD02) returned from Jefferson County having laid a good foundation with which to work with from now till November. Over 50 hard-core Progressive Democrats, including JC Party Chair Gilbert Adams and JC Party Executive Director Joe Deshotel (son of the State Rep.), attended the introduction held at Acapulco Grill. This group seems to be on the ball as most of their members worked the Primary and, although they achieved a 25% voter turnout (it was among the highest in TX), it wasn't good enough for them and they will work even harder.

Binderim gave an overview of the issues he plans to run on, while interjecting some of Ted Poe's shortcomings, such as being beholden to corporate interests and Tom DeLay (he voted 92% of the time with Tommy in exchange for a nice ARMPAC contribution). That is what they enjoyed most about Gary--he's not only taking on Poe, he's also providing solutions that many, even in Kingwood, are giving a second look. If only 13,800 Republicans coming out to vote in a contested primary in Harris County District 2 is any indication, Binderim has an opportunity to "sell his wares" to voters that are wanting change--and most of all, are willing and ready to listen.

One supporter that was truly impressive was former State Senator Carl Parker. He spoke before Gary. The good Senator ended up laying the foundation for Gary's speech. The self-described Baptist Church-raised Liberal (this was quite confusing for right-wingers in the legislature who couldn't even recite scripture, but he could) gave us a great speech on the current state of Texas Politics and the opportunities that we need to take and succeed with by: Not running to the right; returning to the grassroots; and challenging the Republicans with our solutions every step of the way.

Earlier in the day, Binderim visited Port Arthur and Sabine Pass. Six months after Hurricane Rita, the entire area is still a sea of blue roofs--from all the tarps placed on top of homes and businesses damaged. Recently, the federal government told the City of Beaumont that they have received enough assistance because they didn't get "that much damage." One has to wonder if they have even spoken to the folks in Port Arthur and Sabine Pass? One has to wonder if Ted Poe has even tried to do anything about it! It was reported that the "clean-up" was just about done; it sure didn't look like it as we drove past huge piles of debris, buildings that are yet to be condemned, and areas of town that are yet to be fixed. On top of this, there is a shortage of contractors for rebuilding as their properties and equipment were also damaged--was there any help for them to get back on their feet?

Gary met a lot of good people, and let me tell you, it sure felt nice to be in a place that is very friendly and ready to work for victory! As Binderim said, we need to work on empowering voters who have continually been ignored by Ted Poe and the Republicans and get them to the polls. And this group of Progressive Dems is just the group that can help do that.

Thanks to the Staffords for the hospitality and to the Progressive Democrats for launching the Binderim campaign in Jefferson County.