With just seven weeks to go in Republican Primary race for U.S. Congress, conservative small businessman Randy Weber has emerged as an early front runner, picking up major momentum in the last few weeks.
Weber finished the first quarter fundraising period with $226,644 cash on hand, more than just about every other candidate, putting the campaign in a strong position to compete in the final weeks of the primary election.
"I want to thank my fellow conservatives, the small business community and Gulf Coast residents for investing in my call to arms- my call to restore our conservative principles to Washington", said Weber.
Over the last two weeks, the Weber campaign has picked up major endorsements including BAC PAC, the political arm of the Texas Association of Business, Young Conservatives of Texas and Republican State Senator Joan Huffman. Huffman joins State Senators Mike Jackson and Dan Patrick who endorsed Weber earlier.
In addition to a strong cash on hand total and string of important endorsements, the Weber campaign has recently been recognized by the news media, unanimously, for its status as the frontrunner. The Washington, DC based Politico wrote in a recent article about the TX-14 race:
"But Texas political observers early on named two-term Republican state Rep. Randy Weber -- touted as the most conservative member of the Texas Legislature during his first term -- as the presumptive front-runner in the heavily Republican seat."
"With such a large field, I don't believe that anyone would be as fortunate to get 50 percent plus one vote," Galveston County GOP Chairwoman Barbara Meeks said. Weber, she said, "probably has an edge because he's the only one with legislative experience and a track record of conservative voting that would probably be important to people."
"Weber has picked up probably the most prominent endorsements from Hall of Fame pitcher and local resident Nolan Ryan and Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio -- as well as Texas Right to Life."(Source: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0412/75046.html#ixzz1sCZFcaCX)
In an April 12th story, the DailyPolitical.com had this to say about Randy Weber and his candidacy:
"Weber, most feel, is the odds on favorite because of his political experience and his record of being conservative that will be important to voters."
"May 29th is a long way off and we're working every day like we're ten points down, but at this point, we feel confident that we'll have the resources to get our message out, endorsements to demonstrate credibility and we'll continue to work our plan for victory," said Campaign Manager Ben Hartman.