Hegar staffs up his bid for comptroller
Robert T. Garrett • August 9, 2013
Sen. Glenn Hegar, casting himself in a new letterhead as “conservative for Texas comptroller Glenn Hegar,” has announced his campaign team.
Hegar, R-Katy, said he’s pumped over hiring “strong, talented individuals” such as Rob Johnson, the former campaign manager for Gov. Rick Perry and Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, as his general consultant; and, as senior adviser, David White, a former aide to outgoing Comptroller Susan Combs who worked with Johnson in the 2010 Perry re-election effort.
Hegar’s political director will be Elizabeth White, one of two of his top campaign aides who are close to state Republican Chairman Steve Munisteri. Elizabeth White has worked for the Texas Public Policy Foundation and arch-conservative lawmakers such as Sen. Brian Birdwell and Rep. Phil King. She is married to David White. The two met in Young Conservatives of Texas while in college.
Keri Mason, who has been finance director of the state Republican Party, will run Hegar’s fundraising. She has worked in GOP campaigns in California and Colorado. Longtime Hegar consultant Todd M. Smith will play “an important role,” though it wasn’t specified in a campaign release.
Hegar enters the March GOP primary fight with the most money. As of June 30, he had $1.8 million in cash. He also received massive free publicity in the first two of this summer’s three special legislative sessions as chief Senate sponsor of a far-ranging bill to restrict abortions.
His Republican competitors probably will include unsuccessful 2010 gubernatorial candidate and tea party activist Debra Medina of Wharton; state Rep. Harvey Hilderbran of Kerrville; and former state Rep. Raul Torres of Corpus Christi. Former state Rep. Dee Margo of El Paso is said to be exploring the race. On Wednesday, Railroad Commissioner Christi Craddick announced on Facebook that she’s not running for comptroller.
On Thursday, limited government activist and gadfly Michael Quinn Sullivan tweeted approvingly of Hegar’s selections, saying personnel is policy and it’s a good cast.