Despite rumors, Hutchison in race to stay

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by BRAD WATSON / WFAA-TV

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Posted on January 8, 2010 at 7:04 PM

Updated Friday, Jan 8 at 7:51 PM

Even after filing to run for governor and campaigning months before that, Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison continues to fight rumors she's under pressure to stay in the Senate.
 
Now, fellow Sen. John Cornyn is joining her in answering those questions.
 
As Hutchison opened a new campaign office in San Antonio, she answered again the old question dogging her since last year: Are other Republicans still urging her to drop her bid for governor?
        
“Well, Gov. Perry is trying to persuade me not to run," she said. "That's pretty clear. But, other than Gov. Perry, no, absolutely not.”
 
Hutchison promises to resign whether she wins or loses the primary, forcing Republicans to win back the seat.
 
A commentary in the Wall Street Journal Thursday praised Perry's record on taxes and spending and reported that Sen. John Cornyn is trying to persuade Hutchison to give up the governor's race.
 
Cornyn, in Austin Friday, said he's not.

“Sen. Hutchison has been in public life a long time and she's perfectly capable of making up her own mind without my advice," he retorted.
 
The Perry campaign for months has tried to provoke anger among Republican voters toward Hutchison for causing an unnecessary intraparty fight.

“My desire would be for Sen. Hutchison to stay in Washington D.C. full time fighting for us day in and day out," Perry said on Inside Texas Politics in November.
     
But, Hutchison said there should be a change in the Senate since voters choosing a Republican this year would give her replacement more seniority than senators elected in 2010 and 2012, and a change in the governor's office where Perry has served since 2000.  

“This isn't a monarchy; it's a democracy," Hutchison said.

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