Tribpedia: Farouk Shami

Farouk Shami is a hair stylist turned hair and skin products entrepreneur who ran in the Democratic Primary for Texas governor in 2010.

Shami lined up an experienced gang to run his campaign: campaign manager Joel Coon, general consultants Robert Jara and Dan McClung, pollster Ben Tulchin, and media specialist Tad Devine. He fired Coon and other experienced staff just ...

Democratic candidate for Governor Farouk Shami  greets visitors at an evening meet and greet at the Celestial Room in downtown McAllen, TX.
Democratic candidate for Governor Farouk Shami greets visitors at an evening meet and greet at the Celestial Room in downtown McAllen, TX.

Farouk Shami to Appear on "Celebrity Apprentice"

Texans know Farouk Shami as a former long-shot candidate for governor, the head of a hair care empire, and the inspiration for perhaps the greatest campaign song of all time. Soon, Shami will add another job to that list: guest judge on Celebrity Apprentice.

Who's Next?

Kay Bailey Hutchison’s announcement that she won't run again for her U.S. Senate seat wasn't entirely unexpected, but it still has the potential to overturn the state's political apple cart. To separate the would-bes from the could-bes in a 2012 race, we’ve created a guide to certain, likely and plausible candidates — as well a few who are plausible only to us here at the Trib.

TribWeek: In Case You Missed It

Galbraith on why the Lege meets only every two years, Hu picks the year's best political moments on video, Ramsey on the personalities who mattered in 2010, Stiles on lobbyists with conflicts of interest and what the census means for redistricting, yours truly on the new Cameron Todd Willingham documentary, Grissom on cockfighting and Trillin on Sissy Farenthold: The best of our best from Dec. 23 to 27, 2010.

Face Time

2010 didn't turn out like it looked a year ago. Unexpected people showed up. The political environment bloomed red instead of blue. The Tea was strong. And big shots turned into paper tigers. Here are some of the political personalities who mattered.

The Best Political Video Moments of 2010

Politics, like football, is a full-contact sport — and the 2010 election was filled with the kind of brawling you would expect. It also had plenty of bizarre moments of the sort that make the rest of the nation believe Texas really is a different country.
Democratic candidate for Governor Farouk Shami  greets visitors at an evening meet and greet at the Celestial Room in downtown McAllen, TX.
Democratic candidate for Governor Farouk Shami greets visitors at an evening meet and greet at the Celestial Room in downtown McAllen, TX.

2010: Farouk for the Governor

After failing to secure the Democratic nomination for governor, hair care magnate Farouk Shami will be voting for the gubernatorial candidate with the best mane: Republican Gov. Rick Perry.

Democratic candidate for Governor Farouk Shami  greets visitors at an evening meet and greet at the Celestial Room in downtown McAllen, TX.
Democratic candidate for Governor Farouk Shami greets visitors at an evening meet and greet at the Celestial Room in downtown McAllen, TX.

TribBlog: Farouk's Factories Coming Soon

Remember those solar panel factories former Democratic gubernatorial candidate Farouk Shami promised? He does.

TribWeek: In Case You Missed It

Our obsessive-compulsive election day and next day coverage: frenetically updated county-by-county maps and up-to-the-minute returns in every race on the ballot, Hu's awesome crowdsourced liveblog, Ramshaw on the twenty surprise outcomes, Aguilar on recount possibilities and dead incumbents, M. Smith on how judicial races turned out, Rapoport on changes at the SBOE and who was elected before the first vote was cast, Thevenot on whether the GOP has a problem with Hispanics, Hamilton on how the Tea Party fared, Grissom and Ramshaw on the legislative and congressional mop-up, Ramsey on what happens now, Stiles on how much candidates spent per vote; and my post-primary debrief with Rick Perry's pollster and George W. Bush's former strategist. The best of our best from March 1 to 5, 2010.

Data App: How Much Votes Cost

Was Farouk Shami, in fact, "on fire"? The Democratic gubernatorial candidate burned through campaign cash, spending $135 for every vote he received in Tuesday's primary on the way to getting trounced by Bill White — more than any other candidate on the ballot, and by far the most of any losing candidate. By contrast, Democratic land commissioner hopeful Bill Burton spent only 2 cents per vote in a narrow loss to Hector Uribe, who spent only 7 cents per vote himself. All told, candidates spent, on average, about $14 per vote. Explore each campaign's bang for the buck in our latest data application.

Bill White speaking at the 2010 primary election reception.
Bill White speaking at the 2010 primary election reception.

2010: Bill White's No Truther

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There’s one sure-fire lesson to be taken from the recently ended primary battle in Texas.  When it comes to the position of governor, 9/11 “Truthers” need not apply.

2010: Home Field Disadvantage

Among the major gubernatorial hopefuls Tuesday night, only incumbent Rick Perry and former Houston mayor Bill White were able to win the counties where they claim residence.

Gov. Rick Perry after his primary victory on March 2, 2010.
Gov. Rick Perry after his primary victory on March 2, 2010.

The Brief: March 3, 2010

It seems like just yesterday — the gubernatorial race was overflowing with three GOP candidates and seven Democrats. But, it’s time to forget that bygone era — now, it’s all about Rick Perry v. Bill White.

And the Nominees are...

The race for Texas governor moves on to November, as Rick Perry and Bill White emerged from their respective primaries without a runoff. Each used his victory speech as springboards for the coming slugfest. Ben Philpott, covering the 2010 elections for KUT News and the Tribune, filed this report.

Rick Perry, Bill White
Rick Perry, Bill White

Game On: It's Perry vs. White

Gov. Rick Perry and former Houston Mayor Bill White claimed their parties' gubernatorial nominations Tuesday night. U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison conceded the GOP primary, congratulating Perry on his 11th consecutive statewide victory. White, meanwhile, had enough votes to call an early victory over Farouk Shami and five other Democrats, declaring, "We're gonna have some fun, and Texans are going to come together." Later, he sent a message about a conversation with Shami: "Just spoke to Farouk Shami. Very gracious. He'll help me. I do like his idea of building solar panel factories in Texas."

HuTube: At the Polls

Photographer Justin Dehn and I hit up some polling places around Austin to see what was on voters minds. We selected some timely music for our drive.

Judgment Day

Will gubernatorial contests that have already cost more than $51 million last another six weeks? Will there be runoffs in judicial, legislative, or other down-ballot races? Will Texas voters go for the smart ones, the rich ones, the kooks, the old pros, the kids, or the insurgents? We'll soon know the answers to these and other pressing primary questions.

Out Like a Lamb

If you believe the pollsters, the outcomes of today's Democratic and Republican gubernatorial primaries are all but set, as Rick Perry and Bill White have big leads in their respective races. It's not exactly the photo finish that pundits were expecting — especially from the GOP side. Ben Philpott, covering the 2010 elections for KUT News and the Tribune, filed this report.

Democratic candidate for Governor Farouk Shami  greets visitors at an evening meet and greet at the Celestial Room in downtown McAllen, TX.
Democratic candidate for Governor Farouk Shami greets visitors at an evening meet and greet at the Celestial Room in downtown McAllen, TX.

2010: Farouk, Farouk, Farouk is on Fiah

Just in time for election day comes the release of a Farouk Shami-themed hip-hop song from the official campaign. This is not a parody.