Radio host trying to lure Hollywood star into Texas Senate race


Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX) has made good on her promise to bring her career as a US Senator to an end at the conclusion of the 112th Congress, and Democrats in Washington touted that event as an opportunity to move the seat over to their side of the aisle. A Houston radio host isn’t so sure, however, and is trying to lure famous Texan Tommy Lee Jones into the race.

The host is Geoff Berg, an attorney who also hosts programs on stations like 740 KTRH and 950 KPBC, both in the Clear Channel stable, as well as noncommercial KPFT-FM, a Pacific outlet. He also says on his website that he is a frequent guest and legal analyst for the radio stations as well as for a number of Houston television stations.

Berg sees an opportunity to capture the seat, but doesn’t see a viable candidate to do the capturing, according to reports. He is therefore kicking off a campaign to draft Jones, whose Texas bona fides include ownership of a ranch not far from San Antonio.

Apparently Berg is willing to take a chance on Jones without even establishing his views on the issues on the theory that his presence would be an energizing factor for the Democratic Party in the state.

Jones was the college roommate of Al Gore back during his days at Harvard.

RBR-TVBR observation: It is true that the absence of Hutchison in the race does marginally improve the opportunity to score an upset here. But as far as we’re concerned, the odds are that the Republicans will defeat whoever runs for the Democratic Party, and the odds are also that the defeated candidate will NOT be Tommy Lee Jones.

Pictured: Geoff Berg