Race for Agriculture Job Grows Nasty

The race for Texas agriculture commissioner is near the bottom of the statewide ballot in a year that appears to be custom-made for GOP candidates. The last thing Todd Staples wanted was for Hank Gilbert to make things interesting.

Staples is the Republican incumbent. Gilbert, the Democrat he defeated in 2006, is again the challenger. Libertarian Rick Donaldson rounds out the field. On a ballot full of contests that haven't attracted much regard from voters, political donors or the press, this one has become a minor spectacle.

"I have an opponent who is a pathological political liar," Staples says ...

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