Election 2010 – Texas 22nd Congressional District (Republican Incumbent)
The race to face entrenched Republican incumbent Congressman Peter Olson isn’t high on anyone’s radar. After all, this is not a good year for Democrats and though Olson is a freshman, having won the seat in 2008 from Democrat Nick Lampson who had, himself, won the seat after the strange resignation of Tom DeLay, there are few people who will bet on Democrats winning this seat. To learn more about the incumbent, click here.
However, what makes the primary intriguing is that, out of the three Democratic candidates, two of them are seemingly incongruous with the party’s platform. Perhaps because the party has been so focused on protecting its many vulnerable seats, this race has been largely forgotten.
The candidate that seems to fit the traditional party mold the most is Doug Blatt, an information technician and small businessman. As the district is home to the Texas portion of NASA, he puts great emphasis on protecting this governmental organization in his platform. To learn more, click here.
Another candidate is an activist on the principles of Lyndon LaRouche, a perennial Presidential candidate with a flock of followers and critics who accuse him of anti-Semitism and cultism. Kesha Rogers graduated from Texas State University and has been involved in the Lyndon LaRouche movement for 6 years. On her website she calls for the impeachment of Barack Obama. To learn more, click here.
The third candidate is a strong anti-abortion candidate who has made this the center of his campaign – while not unacceptable in the Democratic party, certainly unusual. John Wieder is a native of Alvin and a Vietnam veteran. He worked in insurance and owned an oil well and most recently became an ordained minister. To learn more, click here.