Mayor White Talks about Senate Plans

Mayor Bill White spoke publicly for the first time today about his plans to run for the U.S Senate seat by the soon to be vacated Kay Bailey Hutchinson. White first made his announcement yesterday afternoon on the internet. Bill Stamps has more.


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After Hurricane Katrina many wondered whether New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin would lose his job. After what most people considered a poor performance.

Now, After Hurricane Ike many are wondering if Houston Mayor Bill White will get a more prestigious job.  After what many people considered a pretty good performance. Council woman Wanda Adams says White has already shown he can do the job.

“Not only his dedication and compassion, but we need to look at his history on how he handled Hurricane Rita and Katrina. How he planned for Hurricane Ike.”

There wasn’t much drama at Wednesdays city council meeting, but afterwords…White answered question after question about his Senate plans. Including the main one, which is why he’s running.

“Right now decisions that will be made in Washington over the next three years are as critical to this community as any time. And I think I might have something to add on that having somebody that has a perspective as mayor”

White says if he can manage the fourth largest city in the country, he can manage in the big leagues in Washington.

“Building a team and building a consensus is some thing that I’ve had to do here and I think I could do it somewhere else as well…Maybe I’m what people are looking for to represent their voice up there. Maybe I’m not. That’s up to the people to decide. But I will say this, I’ll be the same person whether I have this job, or a citizen, or a senator. I’ll be the same person.”

White answered every conceivable question…what his family thinks…how his campaign will be run. But it wasn’t until the end that he answered the question on everyone’s mind– Should he move up to the next level? How fast can he dodge shoes?

“Listen, I have great federal experience dodging eggs.  I’ll just say this too, I think all Americans and all people on this earth should treat President Bush in office and after office with respect. Diversity means that you respect somebody else’s views and somebody else’s judgments, even if you disagree with that individual.”

Bill Stamps, KUHF Houston Public Radio News.

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