Fort Worth council member Joel Burns said today he won’t try to replace Wendy Davis in the Texas Senate.
“The mere prospect of serving in the Texas Senate is an incredible honor. And I am humbled that so many of you have entertained the prospect with me,” Burns said in a letter to supporters. “But in evaluating what I want to do next, I have come to the realization that I have the job I want — to serve the people of Fort Worth and Council District 9.”
Burns had been considered a top contender to replace Davis on the Democratic ticket. The open seat has already attracted several GOP contenders.
This is unfortunate, because the odds were long enough for Dems to hold the seat with the man who replaced Wendy Davis on Fort Worth city council choosing to follow her again. The Texas Senate's Republicans would
Now Democrats must find a strong candidate or risk losing the seat. The Fort Worth-based district leans Republican.
“Some decisions are being made and we will have a strong candidate in the Senate District 10 race,” said Democratic strategist Matt Angle, who in 2008 helped recruit Davis for the seat.
I'm sure Angle will keep us informed as soon as he fleshes things out. He's the kingmaker -- and queenmaker -- for the Texas Democratic Party at this point.
*Update: Texpate corrects my math in the comments.