Cathie Adams, President of Texas Eagle Forum, is running for chairman of the Republican Party of Texas. She would succeed Tina Benkiser, a Houston lawyer. She would be a bad choice for the party at this time.
"It'll be a good education for me...2010 is going to be the most important election Americans will face in our lifetime." That was the quote from the Austin Statesman blog by W. Gardner Selby when Adams was asked by she's running to lead the party. An education? The most important election of our lifetime? That is what was said during the 2008 election and several before that. Do we need someone who simply parrots throw away lines? And, do we need someone who looks at this very important position as "an education"? Sounds selfish to me.
Adams is a long time Republican activist and deserves credit for being in the game for so long. She is now sorely out of step with most Republicans - certainly the ones who wish to grow our party, and make it stronger for future elections. The party has begun a disturbing decline.
Adams is a Perry supporter. Both of them have provided heartburn inducing moments recently for those of us who are sane, common sense voters in the party. First Adams, a RNC member, goes to Washington after the election and is part of the group pushing the re-naming of the Democrats as Socialist Democrats resolution. She even went on the Neil Cavuto show on FOX News and continued on with the nonsense as he gave her chance after chance to let it go and prove she wasn't out of her mind. It was embarrassing to the grown ups in the room.
Then Gov Perry went through his Texas will secede nonsense during the dust ups over the federal stimulus package and the Tea Party movement coming into its own. He tried to hog the spotlight and attended the Austin Tea Party in April for his own publicity. Adams supports Perry. Neither has shown good common sense on the national stage recently.
According to the Texas Freedom Network's blog, Dan wrote, "Two years ago Ms. Adams opposed a ballot measure providing $300 million annually over 10 years for cancer research. Voters approved the measure, which had the support of Gov. Perry and then-President George Bush. But Adams didn't, falsely claiming that the money would be used in embryonic stem cell research and suggesting that medical researchers are amoral monsters: "Scientists are on the verge of cloning humans, injecting them with diseases and studying them, then killing them."
This is not a voice Texas Republicans need to be heard on a national stage.