Texas: Right to Life Supporting Flores in House Runoff

Posted March 8, 2010 at 6:28pm

Bill Flores, one of two Republicans vying to oppose Democratic Rep. Chet Edwards in the 17th district, has won the backing of Texas Right to Life.

Flores got the nod over businessman Rob Curnock, the 2008 Republican nominee.

Curnock opposes abortion but did not participate in a required in-person interview.

Flores and Curnock are competing in an April 13 runoff election.

They were the top vote-getters among five names in the March 2 primary. Flores won 33 percent of the vote; Curnock won 29 percent.

Edwards, who supports abortion rights, was unopposed in the Democratic primary.
He is seeking an 11th term in the House.

Former Rival Backing Hurd in 23rd District

One of the Republican candidates bumped from contention in the 23rd district primary is now backing former CIA case officer Will Hurd in the runoff.

Robert Lowry, who won 22 percent of the primary vote, endorsed Hurd, who pulled 34 percent in a five-candidate field.

He’ll face businessman Francisco “Quico” Canseco in the April 13 runoff. Canseco won 32 percent of the vote in the March 2 primary.

Hurd also announced the backing of Lyle Larson, a former Bexar County commissioner who defeated Canseco in the 2008 Republican primary and then lost the general election to Rep. Ciro Rodriguez (D).

Scott Yeldell, Canseco’s campaign manager, said Canseco didn’t win Lowry’s endorsement because he failed a litmus test that included a willingness to dismantle the USA PATRIOT Act.

“Mr. Canseco believes the people of the 23rd deserve a leader who will stand firm on principles and not waver in order to garner political favors,” Yeldell said.

Hurd said he disagrees with Lowry on that and did not have to change any positions to win the endorsement.