Giddyup: KBH gets Bush boost in Texas 

Poppy time!

Former President George H.W. Bush and wife, Barbara, took the unusual step of endorsing Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison in her bid to un-seat Gov. Rick Perry of Texas. The two square off in a March primary that will likely (probably definitely) decide the race. Generally, and especially among Republicans, a primary endorsement is a rare bird.

From the Houston Chron:

“Barbara and I are taking this unusual step of endorsing Kay in the primary,” he said, “not because we oppose Rick Perry ... but because of our unbridled belief in Kay.”

Bush said that as a former Harris County Republican Party chairman, he respected Hutchison's longtime support of the party.

“She was a Lone Star Republican before it was cool to be a Republican,” Bush said.

Is it really cool to be a Republican? Food for thought. In any case, Hutchison's not-great performance against Perry so far has been a surprise to many of her supporters. Although never a stellar campaigner, Hutchison has long been one of the most popular politicians in Texas, of either party.

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