Here's a funny story that appeared in our local newspaper last week. Mark Strama just happens to be the TX state rep that represents my 'hood. In his first campaign, he actually CAME TO MY HOUSE. What makes this all the more special is that his incumbent opponent lived (and still does, I think) down the block from me, and to this day I have never seen his (the opponent's) face.
Since his entry into office, I've been quite impressed with Strama. He's especially dedicated to kids and education. And he often shows up to our neighborhood gatherings and picnics. Plus, he has really good hair. (Don't laugh, Scout Nation...it's well known that in Texas the race generally goes to the candidate with the best hair.)
Finally, I'm proud that he, as a Democrat, represents a district that straddles Travis County and a neighboring, much-more-conservative county. Voting for Strama, if nothing else, helps to keep Austin 'blue' amidst the red ocean around us. (With many apologies to my family in Midland.)
UNDER THE DOME
Obama-Strama not meant to be
Campaign dirt travels fast
Saturday, August 30, 2008
Strama misses out on rhyme of a lifetime
State Rep. Mark Strama, D-Austin, had fun last week e-mailing supporters about his grief at not being tapped as Barack Obama's running mate in the presidential election.
"When I heard Barack Obama was considering a relatively unknown Representative from Texas, I was sure it had to be me. Obama-Strama 2008! What a great ring it had to it. But no, Obama went the cautious, safe route you might expect of a guy who I have endorsed to become leader of the free world for the next four years. Congratulations to Sen. Joe Biden.
"Here's what I really think happened: as they searched for negative things they could find on the candidates on their short list, one of those enterprising Obama staffers uncovered this old picture of me from the mid-90's when I was with Rock the Vote."
The photo shows Strama with a hairstyle that might be described as a cross between an Antonio Banderas mane and early Fabio tresses.
Strama did get a consolation prize, of sorts. He was named a rising star in politics at the Democratic National Convention in Denver this week.
Dome told state Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-San Antonio, about the honor, and he quickly played it down.
Nothing against Strama, he said; but Castro got the same designation in 2004, and nothing changed in his life.
— W. Gardner Selby