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Blue America: Rick Noriega (D-TX) Takes On Cornyn…

boxturtle.jpgWe have a treat for everyone for tomorrow’s Blue America candidate chat, scheduled for 2:00 pm ET/11:00 am PT.  Rick Noriega will be here — he’s a candidate for Senate in Texas, and he is running against the odious John “Box Turtle” Cornyn

Rick Noriega is fantastic — Howie has some background here — but don’t just take our word for it.  Take a peek at what one of the top hispanic Republicans in the state of Texas has to say:  (H/T to OffTheKuff)

Villarreal added that Noriega had made sure that Hispanic and minority-owned businesses “got a fair shake” at the Port of Houston, the City of Houston, and the state of Texas.

“He has leveled the playing fields for business. I can only support somebody who has got that kind of vision for a position like that,” Villarreal said.

Asked if he could see himself forming a ‘Republicans for Rick Noriega’ group, Villarreal replied: “Done. I’m doing it.” He said he had recruited a lot of people to the Noriega camp. “A lot of them, Republican Hispanic leaders, not just grassroots folks,” he said.

If he does run for U.S. Senate, Noriega could face San Antonio attorney Mikal Watts in the Democratic primary. Asked who he would support if Noriega did not make it out of the primary, Villarreal said he was not sure.

“I am not sure if I will support the other nominee. But I still won’t vote for Cornyn. I may just leave that box unchecked,” he said.

Yep, that nasty, racially-tinged rhetoric on immigration sure was helpful for the GOP, wasn’t it Karl?

Please stop by on Saturday at 2:00 pm ET/11:00 am PT and chat live with Rick Noriega, the next Senator from the state of Texas, if we have anything to do with it. And do read Howie’s write-up. If you can’t make it on Saturday, Howie has already added Rick to our Blue America page, and I’m certain he’d appreciate a donation if you have something to spare. More progressives in the House and Senate, please — and fewer folks who vote the wrong way all around. One election at a time…brought to you by Blue America.

(Why yes, that is an eastern box turtle.  Why do you ask?)

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Christy Hardin Smith

Christy Hardin Smith

Christy is a "recovering" attorney, who earned her undergraduate degree at Smith College, in American Studies and Government, concentrating in American Foreign Policy. She then went on to graduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania in the field of political science and international relations/security studies, before attending law school at the College of Law at West Virginia University, where she was Associate Editor of the Law Review. Christy was a partner in her own firm for several years, where she practiced in a number of areas including criminal defense, child abuse and neglect representation, domestic law, civil litigation, and she was an attorney for a small municipality, before switching hats to become a state prosecutor. Christy has extensive trial experience, and has worked for years both in and out of the court system to improve the lives of at risk children.

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