2010: Star-Telegram for White

The Democratic nominee for governor has run the big-city newspaper endorsement table. Joining its counterparts in Austin, Dallas, Houston and San Antonio, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram today backed Bill White is his quest to deny Rick Perry a third full term in office.

Former Houston mayor Bill White makes an appearance at the Austin Club as part of The Texas Tribune's bimonthly speaker series with host Evan Smith.  White is the Democratic nominee in the Texas governor's race.
Former Houston mayor Bill White makes an appearance at the Austin Club as part of The Texas Tribune's bimonthly speaker series with host Evan Smith. White is the Democratic nominee in the Texas governor's race.  Bob Daemmrich

The Democratic nominee for governor has run the big-city newspaper endorsement table.

Joining its counterparts in Austin, Dallas, Houston and San Antonio, the take-its-sweet-time Fort Worth Star-Telegram today backed Bill White is his quest to deny Rick Perry a third full term in office. Citing the perils of "one-party government" and the incumbent's tendency to bash Washington, D.C., at a time of "hard economic reality," the paper argued that White's attributes are what Texas needs right now:

White isn't flashy or telegenic. He'll never be mistaken for charismatic. He's also not the hard-left liberal that his opponents are attempting to paint. Before serving as a popular mayor of Houston, White was the assistant U.S. secretary of energy. His background as a successful business owner and a fiscal conservative would serve the state well as the Legislature wrestles with a budget shortfall that could range from $10 billion to $22 billion.

The only newspapers to endorse Perry thus far are the Waco Tribune-Herald, which was enthusiastic in its support of the Republican nominee, and the Midland Reporter-Telegram, which was not. Perry has declined to seek the blessing of newspaper editorial boards during both the primary and general election campaigns.

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