The Tea Party Favorite In Texas

Texas Railroad Commissioner Michael Williams (R) thinks he knows what the voters of Texas are looking for in their next U.S. senator.

“They want somebody who has a consistent record as a conservative, who has the courage to go to Washington and stand up to the Washington establishment,” Williams told Hotline On Call. “I have such a record.”

Williams officially launched his Senate bid Thursday, but he’s been preparing to make a run at the seat for some time. Williams got into the race to replace Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R) when she challenged Gov. Rick Perry (R) in the 2010 Republican gubernatorial primary. But Perry’s victory kept Hutchison in the Senate, and Williams put his candidacy on hold.

Williams was planning on making a run for the seat in 2012 whether Hutchison decided to run for re-election or not, he said. But Hutchison announced her retirement last week, and the GOP field is already getting crowded.

Former Texas Solicitor General Ted Cruz (R), former Texas Secretary of State Roger Williams (R) and Railroad Commissioner Elizabeth Ames Jones (R) have already announced their candidacies. Lieutenant Gov. David Dewhurst (R) and Dallas Mayor Tom Leppert (R) are also expected to join the race.

Read more from Kevin Brennan at Hotline On Call

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