GOP Leaders Pick Houston City Councilwoman as DeLay Write-In Candidate
Texas GOP leaders were confident they could keep former House Majority leader Tom DeLay's vacant seat in Republican hands after selecting Dr. Shelley Sekula-Gibbs, a Houston city councilwoman, as the write-in candidate to back on the November ballot.
After meeting for about 2 1/2 hours Thursday evening, GOP precinct chairmen from the four southeast Texas counties that make up the 22nd Congressional District selected Sekula-Gibbs, a dermatologist who is serving her third term on the city council.
Texas GOP officials were forced to scramble for a write-in candidate when the courts prevented Republicans from replacing DeLay's name on the Nov. 7 ballot with a candidate of their choosing after he resigned from Congress and moved to Virginia. He had been dogged by allegations of wrongdoing and faced a tough re-election race.
"Tonight we start the grassroots Republican campaign that this district is well known for," Sekula-Gibbs said. "It is a district that has over 60 percent Republicans and we will turn them out."
Tina Benkiser, the state GOP chairwoman, said Sekula-Gibbs was selected by a clear majority of the precinct chairmen who attended the gathering in Pearland. She said she did not have a breakdown on the vote. About 85 of the 150 precinct chairmen invited attended the closed-door meeting at a church to hear from potential write-in candidates.
Good luck, Shelley Sekula-Gibbs, lets all work hard to get people in the Texas 22nd to do the right thing and Write her in!