Tribpedia: Jim Mattox

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Jim Mattox was a Democratic former U.S. Rep. and Texas attorney general. After experiencing success early in his career, Mattox made failed bids for governor in 1990, for the U.S. Senate in 1994, and again for attorney general in 1998. Mattox was known as the "people's lawyer" for advocating the needs of everyday Texans. He passed away ...

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Congressman Michael McCaul at the Texas Capitol on Feb. 23, 2011.
Congressman Michael McCaul at the Texas Capitol on Feb. 23, 2011.

You Can't Go Home Again

Texas Weekly

U.S. Rep. Mike McCaul's decision not to run for the U.S. Senate means he won't be testing one of the truisms of Texas politics: A seat in the Texas congressional delegation is a lousy launching pad for statewide office.

Jim Mattox and Ann Richards
Jim Mattox and Ann Richards

Primary Races Tend to Be Bloody

Ask a Republican who’s not on Gov. Rick Perry or Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison’s payroll about the 2010 governor’s primary, and you’ll get a response about a well-timed trip to Palm Springs in early March, when the two candidates square off. Party faithful want to stay above the fray: Primary challenges to longstanding incumbents tend to get rough quick.