Democrats Want Paul Quinn College President Michael Sorrell to Run for Governor

Texas Democrats' search for a candidate for governor has led them to southern Dallas.On the rugged campus of Paul Quinn College, Michael Sorrell, the school's president, could be the last hope for Democrats to field a credible candidate to face incumbent Greg Abbott in next year's governor's race.Operatives in the Texas Democratic Party have been trying to persuade Sorrell to be the party's standard-bearer against Abbott. The talks intensified Oct. 13, the Friday before the Texas-Oklahoma football showdown, when Democrats had another meeting with Sorrell in Dallas. They are hoping that he will agree to submit his paperwork for a campaign when the filing period for the 2018 election opens next month."I'm not going to comment on that," Sorrell said recently, realizing that I knew about his talks with Democrats.Sorrell, 50, is largely unknown throughout Texas and has never run for statewide office. At times, he's been considered a potential candidate for Dallas mayor and Dallas County judge.He's managed political campaigns and been a part of various bond efforts in the city of Dallas.Even so, that he is close to being the final option for Lone Star Democrats is indicative of their predicament. Leaders have boasted that the energy and excitement generated by opposition to President Donald Trump will translate into victories at the ballot box.  Continue reading...

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