One of the more interesting results of the Texas primary, which took place on Tuesday was the second in a row primary win for Kesha Rogers for the Democratic nomination to run for the congressional seat in the Texas 22nd District.
Rogers is an acolyte of Lyndon Larouche
According to her campaign website, Rogers describes herself as a "Larouche Democrat" and is running for Congress on a slate supported by Larouche's pac. Larouche is a perennial presidential candidate, self styled economist, political activist, and conspiracy theorist. Besides Larouche, Rogers cites a number of past American presidents, including Dwight Eisenhower, Abraham Lincoln, John Quincy Adams, and George Washington, as well as former Rep. Barbara Jordan as role models.
Rogers, while running as a Democrat, has called for the impeachment of President Barack Obama, according to her campaign website. She is also in favor of increased funding for NASA and missile defense, the restoration of the Glass-Steagall Act, a depression era law that prevented banks from conducting investment business, and a massive infrastructure project she calls the North America Water and Power Alliance.
Rogers has received no support from the Democratic Party
Because of some of her views and her affiliation with Larouche, Rogers has not received any support from the Democratic Party nor shall it be forthcoming in the general election. According to the New York Times, the Fort Bend County Democratic Party took the unusual step of endorsing Rogers' opponent, K.P. George, a native of India and considered a more mainstream Democrat.
Rogers won the nomination narrowly
According to the Political Guide, Rogers won the nomination against George with 51 percent to 49 percent of the vote. Rogers picked up 3,659 votes and George 3,553 votes, making the win a narrow one.
Rogers win is the second time in a row
As the Houston Chronicle noted at the time, Rogers won the Democratic nomination to run in the Texas 22nd Congressional District in 2010. Rogers went on to be soundly defeated in the general election by the Republican incumbent, Pete Olson, according to the New York Times story.
The general election
As in 2010, Rogers will face Rep. Olson in the general election. Olson is a popular incumbent in a solidly Republican district that was once held by former House Majority Leader Tom Delay. Olson is a conservative Republican who, in keeping with the makeup of the Texas 22nd Congressional District which includes a number of employees of the Johnson Spaceflight Center, is supportive of NASA. Olson is heavily favored to prevail again over Rogers in the general election.
Texas resident Mark Whittington writes about state issues for the Yahoo! Contributor Network.
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