Tuesday morning, Texas Monthly's Paul Burka took note of Schutze's column from July, in which Jim got a no-nuthin' from the mayor and his peoples concerning his interest in running for Kay Bailey Hutchison's could-come-open Senate seat. Wrote Burka, he's never taken the idea seriously, as big-city mayors haven't done well in statewide races (s'up, Ron Kirk!), but, "still, it is not too far-fetched to envision a runoff between Leppert and [Houston's] Bill White, the mayors of the two largest cities in the state." A few hours later, Burka followed up with this:
A colleague in Dallas reports that Leppert had a daylong meeting with the Scott Howell firm, and fundraiser Carol Reed was present as well. This sounds serious. Suggestion: Figure out a response for the certain-to-be-asked question: Why did you change your mind when you said that mayor of Dallas was the only office you were interested in?
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So, this morning we called the local office of Scott Howell & Company and were told we'd need to speak with Malorie Miller, the firm's new media director and a former worker on the campaigns of President George W. Bush and brother Jeb. Alas, she's in Austin at the moment and unavailable for comment; she's got our call-back info, so we'll see. Howell, for those who've forgotten, is the former Karl Rove acolyte responsible for the ads attacking Tennessee Senate candidate Rep. Harold Ford Jr. and then-Sen. Max Cleland.