Sunday, February 24, 2008

Both Texas Democratic Governor Candidates Endorse Hillary Clinton

By Texans for Hillary - 2/21/2008

Former U.S. Congressman Chris Bell Endorses Hillary for President
Houston, TX –Former U.S. Representative Chris Bell today announced his endorsement of Hillary Clinton for President.

"It is no longer about being a great candidate - because of the many challenges we face, it's now about being a great president on day one," Bell said. "Hillary Clinton is the only candidate who has the experience, passion and vision to start turning our dreams of change into a reality on her first day in the oval office. She is also the only candidate who has faced the right-wing smear machine head on and lived to tell the tale. We need a battle tested nominee."

Bell, the Democratic nominee for governor of Texas in 2006, says he plans to appeal to his supporters throughout the state on behalf of Senator Clinton.

"Chris Bell has been a strong voice for Texans and I am so proud to have his support of my candidacy," Clinton said. "From the economy, to education, to health care, Congressman Bell knows it will take experience and strength to make change happen in the White House. I look forward to having his help in spreading our message across Texas."

Born in Abilene, Bell represented a Houston area U.S. House district from 2003 to 2005. He was also a member of the Houston City Council from 1997 to 2001. In the race for governor, he received over a million votes, trouncing two well funded independents and coming within nine percentage points of defeating the incumbent Republican.

Congressman Bell is a strong advocate for health care reform, public school education and a passionate supporter of stem cell research. He has long fought for issues important to Texans, including comprehensive immigration reform and improving transportation.

Former U.S. Congressman Bob Gammage Endorses Hillary for President
Austin, TX - Today the Clinton campaign announced that former U.S. Congressman and Texas Supreme Court Justice Bob Gammage is endorsing Hillary Clinton for President, demonstrating its continued momentum across the Lone Star State.

"Texas knows Hillary and Hillary knows Texas," said Gammage. "Hillary has a proven track record fighting for Texans that dates back more than three decades. Her leadership and experience are unparalleled and I am confident that she is the best candidate to lead this nation. On March 4, Texans will play a critical role in determining not only the Democratic nominee, but also the next President of the United States and I encourage all Texans to get to the polls for this important election."

Bob Gammage is a native of Houston, Texas. He served 25 years in public office in the Lone Star State. Gammage won his first race for office, for the Texas House of Representatives, in 1970. He went on to serve in the Texas State Senate, the United States House of Representatives, and as a Justice on the Texas Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court of Texas. He also served as an Assistant Attorney General of Texas and as a Special Consultant to the U.S. Department of Energy.

Gammage has been setting the campaign trail ablaze for Hillary. As a Veteran for Hillary, he made two trips to Iowa to stump for her in the snow. Here in Texas, he worked with other supporters to secure her Texas state headquarters in Austin and spoke at its opening rally. He is also assisting the campaign in arranging Chelsea's visits to some Texas university campuses.

Supporting Hillary is a family affair for the Gammage family. Gammage’s wife, Lynda, is helping to coordinate housing for many of the out-of-state staffers and volunteers, and their son Sam, a Texas State University student, is volunteering at the Austin headquarters.

The Clinton campaign continues to gain support throughout Texas as Hillary’s message of change and experience resonates with people across the state. More than 100,000 Texans have signed up to volunteer for Hillary and 4,700 people attended a campaign rally with former President Bill Clinton at the Clinton campaign’s Austin Headquarters last weekend.

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