Sorry about not posting yesterday. I had back-to-back meetings including the mandatory first year professionalism course at the State Bar. (When I showed up at registration, they said "are you faculty?" I said, "no, I'm just old". I tend to think of myself as 26 or 27, so when I'm in a room full of 26 year old first-year lawyers, I don't really think about the fact that I stick out).
Here are some thoughts on Tuesday...
Biggest Surprise: Renz Jennings defeated by Garcia and Bradley.
I try not to write about Corporation Commission issues because I spend so much time in front of the ACC. Renz was a Commissioner when I ran for the ACC in 1994 and I worked with him for several years when was RUCO Director. He's a democratic icon and had been elected to the ACC for 14 years. Anyone who knows all three candidates would say that Renz is the most qualified and has the best resume. I was at the ACC yesterday and no one saw that coming.
Second Biggest Surprise--Margin of Montgomery victory.
I predicted Montgomery by 5 and I everyone else I know predicted Romley. Montgomery's 12 point margin over Romley was a solid thumping.
Biggest Winner--Constantin Querard
CQ went 15 for 18. If you look back at the last decade to determine who has had the most influence on the make up of the legisature, CQ would have to be at the top of the list.
Biggest loser... A couple days after I lost the ACC race in 1994, I opened the Gazette and Richard De Uriarte had written a series of random thoughts and one of them was to the effect that "it's good that we don't have to hear Greg Patterson tell us how smart he is anymore..." At the time, I was thinking of ways to tell my wife that I had put my last sign order on Visa, so his comments weren't helpful. So there are no big losers. Everyone did great.
Biggest story: Conservative Senate: Klien over Braswell, Allen over Konopnicki, Barto over Barnes, Antenori over McClure. Wow, things could have been a lot different.
I'll be puting more thoughts together later today, but that's a good start.