Texas: State Right to Life Group Backs Canseco in Primary

Posted February 11, 2008 at 6:41pm

Attorney Quico Canseco, running in the 23rd district GOP primary against Bexar County Commissioner Lyle Larson, has picked up the endorsement of Texas Right to Life, an anti-abortion-rights group.

The winner of the 23rd district GOP primary is set to face Rep. Ciro Rodriguez (D) in November. The San Antonio-based seat is seen as competitively drawn.

It was created by a federal district court in the summer of 2006 after the Supreme Court ruled that the old 23rd district was in violation of the Voting Rights Act.

Rodriguez beat then-Rep. Henry Bonilla (R) in a December 2006 runoff after Bonilla fell less than 2 points shy of winning the seat outright in the November 2006 general election.

Sekula Gibbs on the Air, Offering Dieting Advice

Former Rep. Shelley Sekula Gibbs, running in the 22nd district GOP primary, has unveiled her first television ad of the campaign as she seeks to best the nine other candidates vying for the right to face Rep. Nick Lampson (D) in November.

The 30-second spot, running on cable television, features Sekula Gibbs railing against taxes and a Congress that is “fat with taxpayer money.”

“We need to put Congress on a diet,” Sekula Gibbs says as the ad opens, before closing it out with a call for voters and officeholders to be true to GOP principles. “We need to be true Republicans: reduce government, reduce wasteful spending, and cut taxes.”

Sekula Gibbs represented the solidly Republican suburban Houston 22nd district for three weeks toward the end of 2006 after winning a November special election to fill the remainder of former Rep. Tom DeLay’s (R) term. DeLay had resigned his seat that June.

Sekula Gibbs ran as a write-in candidate in the 2006 general election against Lampson, but lost that bid by about 10 points. She was on the ballot in the special election, which was held on the same day.
— David M. Drucker