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Tom Pauken Files to Run for Texas Governor Print E-mail
by Tom McGregor    Thu, Mar 21, 2013, 09:43 PM

Act Pauken.jpgFormer Texas Workforce Commissioner Tom Pauken, a Republican, announced his intention to run for Governor of Texas. He had just filed to enter the campaign.

The Dallas Morning News reports that, "former Texas Republican chairman Tom Pauken will file today for governor, challenging for the job now held by Gov. Rick Perry. Pauken is a former Reagan administration official who most recently served as Perry's appointee to head the Texas Workforce Commission. He resigned this month and says Texas needs a new kind of leader who will revamp public education, end crony capitalism and solve problems, not divide people. Perry hasn’t said whether he will seek re-election next year. Republican Attorney General Greg Abbott is looking at the 2014 governor's race as well."

Pauken contends that his campaign should not be considered a slap at Perry. Yet, the decision underscores a rising dissatisfaction with the GOP governor after more than a decade in office. A coalition of state legislators have been pushing back against a barrage of Perry policies and the state cancer-fighting agency faces a criminal investigation for improperly dispensing taxpayer cash.

According to the Dallas Morning News, "the Dallas lawyer and long-time Republican stalwart says state government has for too long neglected transportation needs, boosted bonded indebtedness, failed public education and dispensed taxpayer money in questionable ways to politically well-connected interests and failed public education. He particularly singled out the cancer-research agency currently embroiled in controversy over giving millions of dollars without required scientific vetting. He wants to end the Robin Hood transfer of money from property-rich school districts to property-poor districts. He says the state can make up the difference in a 'revenue neutral' way by replacing that portion of property taxes with consumption taxes or expanding the sales tax. As Workforce Commissioner, Pauken championed giving high school students different paths to graduate, including more emphasis on vocational education for students who aren’t going to college."

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written by Ray Olson , March 24, 2013

Great good news! If the Republican Party is ever to become a decent organization, Tom Pauken is precisely the man it should heed and follow with all its heart and soul. While I usually call for its demise, the GOP led by Mr. Pauken and steered by others like him would command my loyalty and be something new under the American sun--new and good, as Mr. Pauken is good.

written by Pearson Davies , April 19, 2013

I wholeheartedly support Mr. Pauken's campaign. It's been too long since Texas had a strong leader! Perry is a lame duck. Texans need someone who is going to make our state a great beacon of pride and freedom like it is meant to be.

written by Logicwriter , April 19, 2013

Tom Pauken is precisely the voice of reason Texas needs in order to make it the great state it was once. I know who I'm voting for!

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