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2010: Newspaper Endorsements: Statesman for White

"White brings an impressive resume that includes business leadership, a stint as a top official in the Clinton administration's Energy Department and a successful tenure as mayor of Houston — a city as politically and ethnically diverse as our state."

Bill White at the Doubleday Sports Bar Champions in Port Isabel.

After announcing its support for Kay Bailey Hutchison in the Republican gubernatorial primary yesterday, the editorial board of the Austin American-Statesman today threw in behind Bill White in the Democratic primary:

White brings an impressive resume that includes business leadership, a stint as a top official in the Clinton administration's Energy Department and a successful tenure as mayor of Houston — a city as politically and ethnically diverse as our state.

White also brings a low-key, thoughtful approach that seems like just what Texas needs now. There's nothing like high-decibel rhetoric to get folks excited around election time. But today's problems — education, transportation, health care, jobs, a massive projected state budget shortfall, etc. — are best solved by thoughtful deliberation, not overheated rhetoric.

Just as the Statesman popped Rick Perry in its KBH endorsement ("little to show for that long tenure"), it karate-chopped White's main opponent, Farouk Shami, citing the hair-care magnate's "total lack of anything that would prepare him to be governor."

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