|Wallace Hall - Will he be Charles Perry's biggest handicap?|
Do you know Charles Perry, he’s a Lubbock State Rep. who’s running in the Special Election to replace Robert Duncan. Some think Duncan was too liberal, but he never faced a serious challenger because he always did what was right for his district, and especially Texas Tech, which is the economic driver of Lubbock. If you've been to Lubbock, you know it wouldn't be much more than just another sleepy West Texas town without Tech. A dusty one at that...
Enter Charles Perry. Perry wants to take Duncan’s place, but he has some real explaining to do after he cast the lone vote against censoring UT Regent Wallace Hall. Why does this matter? For starters, Perry received a $2,5000 check from a PAC led by Hall and his good friend Jeff Sandefer. Sandefer developed what he calls calls “Seven Break-through Solutions” to higher Ed. These solutions would, among other things, rank professors by student evaluations, require state universities like Texas Tech to secede from the accreditation system that gives Texas universities national rankings, and reduce research dollars. WOAH - not good for Tech or the City of Lubbock.
Everyone associated with higher Ed thinks the Seven Solutions would be terrible for Texas Higher Education so it is pretty obvious this will become a campaign issue. I wonder how Mr. Perry will react. Especially since Texas Tech total economic impact for Lubbock County is $1.26 BILLION per year. And Tech spent over $110 million in research dollars in 2010 - that is a lot of money for little ole Lubbock & Perry wants to get rid of it. Should be an interesting discussion between Perry and his challengers. More on this race to come.
Til' Next Time - Adios MOFOs