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2010: Michael Williams Rails

... against Washington, of course, and the less-than-resolute wing of his party: An interview with the Texas Railroad Commissioner, who'd like very much, thank you, to be the next Marco Rubio.

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Remember that U.S. Senate race — the one we were talking about incessantly before it became less clear, Kay Bailey Hutchison's insistence notwithstanding, that it was actually going to happen this year? Michael Williams does, and he hasn't stopped behaving like a candidate who means to tap into the prevailing mood out there: a combination of Marco Rubio-style repudiation of establishment Republicanism and Scott Brown-style coalescing of outrage against Washington, D.C. Wearing one of my other hats — host of the statewide PBS talk show TEXAS MONTHLY TALKS — I interviewed Williams in December about the various issues he'd confront if he were to become the next U.S. Senator from Texas and the only African American Republican in Congress. The show airs this week, but you can watch the entire half-hour conversation below.


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