By Curt Olson | Texas Watchdog
AUSTIN — Playing to anti-Washington sentiment, the two candidates in the GOP primary runoff to succeed retiring U.S. Rep. Ron Paul each have staked their claim to being more Texan, and unlike Washington, than the other.
In Texas, after all, one day officials are hurling verbal rebukes at President Barack Obama and federal lawmakers about the $16 trillion national debt. On another day, they’re challenging moves by federal regulators that hurt oil and gasRandy Weber production, the engine of the Texas economy.
That scorn has spilled into the race for Paul’s old district, where two-term state Rep. Randy Weber, a self-employed businessman, faces lawyer and Pearland City Councilmember Felicia Harris, in the July 31 primary runoff for District 14. Harris stepped down from her post July 1.
The district just south and southeast of Houston has the counties of Jefferson, Galveston and Brazoria. In the May GOP primary, Weber received 27.6 percent of the vote and Harris, 18.9 percent.