Reports: Rep. McCaul May Run for Texas Attorney General
Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas), who won a third term in November in a race that was closer than many Republicans would have liked, is expected to create an exploratory committee for a possible run for state attorney general in 2010, two Texas media outlets reported Thursday evening. The current attorney general, Greg Abbott (R), is contemplating running for lieutenant governor next year or for Senate if Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R) resigns early to pursue a gubernatorial bid. By creating an exploratory committee, McCaul can begin raising money for the statewide race in greater sums than federal campaign law allows. He won a third term by defeating attorney Larry Joe Doherty (D), 54 percent to 43 percent. The GOP-leaning 10th district extends from the Austin area to the Houston suburbs. While the Republican nominee would likely be favored in an open-seat race, it would not be as easy for the GOP to hold the seat next year if McCaul is seeking another office.