This Trans-Texas Corridor is becoming more unpopular by the day. And with the Texas gubernatorial race well underway, Gov. Rick Perry is feeling the sting.
As reported in the Houston Chronicle in a new article headlined "Perry's vision for rural highway could become a political pothole."
Writes Chronicle reporter R.G. Ratcliffe: All four of Perry's re-election challengers oppose the corridor. Democrat Chris Bell, independent Kinky Friedman and Libertarian James Werner all have spoken out against it. Comptroller Carole Keeton Strayhorn, running as an independent, attended many of the hearings and called the project the "Trans-Texas Catastrophe" while promising to stop Perry's "land-grabbing highway henchmen."
One of Perry's fellow Republicans on the statewide ballot — U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison — also has criticized the project, saying it imposes too heavily on rural landowners.
The Republican Party of Texas in June passed a plank in its platform calling for the repeal of legislation authorizing the Trans-Texas Corridor. The Texas Farm Bureau — a longtime Perry political supporter — wants the state to scrap the project.
Ratcliffe also notes that over 14,000 Texans came out to public forums expressing their opposition to arrogant Perry's American Union superboondoggle. I'm sure there are many more who are against the Trans-Texas Corridor and rightly so. In fact, my old stomping grounds in good ol' Ellis County, Texas would be split in two, right down the middle. I'm glad the Ellis County Press (and columnist and friend Jimmie Simmons in particular) is coming out against the TTC.