Rock Howard is claiming a victory in the first debate for the District 14 seat of the Texas Senate. From his website:
I won the first debate with Kirk Watson. The event was before the Austin Neighborhood Council on May 24th. In the debate I called Watson out repeatedly for his missteps in office particularly his massive corporate welfare deals. He did not deny or contest any of the allegations. (You can read about all of these for yourself at the Stop Kirk website.)
Meanwhile Watson attacked the Libertarian Party’s stance on education while admitting that my plan to fix the Texas public school system is “interesting”. You should know that I have promised not to resort to “guilt by association” and the other classic political mudslinging mechanisms. Instead I am restricting my comments on my opponent strictly to his actions in office as Mayor and as a lobbyist at the state capitol. I would never attack him for a statement in the Democratic Party platform that he had nothing to do with writing.
While Watson left the building immediately after the event, I stuck around to get a better reaction about how I did. About 20 people suggested that I clearly won the debate and no one suggested that Kirk won. Of course the membership of the Neighborood Council leans strongly towards the Democratic Party, but the amount of support I picked up from the membership in attendance was quite encouraging. If I can duplicate that level of support among the entire population of Democrats and progressives in Austin, I will win this election! I, for one, believe that this can happen and am committed to making it happen, but I will need your help. Please make a contribution to my campaign today!
By the way, my campaign recorded the debate on videotape and we will be posting it on the internet and releasing it to the media in the very near future. Check back soon so that you can see for yourself that I won the debate and that I am clearly the best choice to represent District 14 in the Texas State Senate.
A campaign insider informed me that there “are powerful forces in local Austin politics” that are ready to lift Rock’s campaign into overdrive if he can build a convincing case that he has a good shot at winning. Rock e-mailed me and wrote that “donations will cover videotape editing expenses, ad production, polling and other activities that are aimed at convincing people that I have a legitimate shot at winning this race.”