VP Joe Biden sends shout-out to Fort Worth’s Republican mayor

Vice President Joe Biden spoke in Dallas on Nov. 18.
Vice President Joe Biden spoke in Dallas on Nov. 18. Star-Telegram

Democratic Vice President Joe Biden tipped his hat to a local Republican during his recent visit to Texas.

He told the story, during a speech in Dallas, of how former President George H.W. Bush — in his wheelchair — visited him during his first stop in Houston.

“He came in just to say welcome to Houston,” said Biden, who told the former president he would have happily come to see him. “My closest friends, for real, are as many Republicans as Democrats.

“That’s how it used to be.”

Then he noted that Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price made her way to Dallas to greet him even though she had to leave before his speech to catch a flight to Washington D.C.

“Mayor, I’m glad to see on that score as well [that] we are cut from the same cloth,” Biden said.

Lone Star retirement

Texas has its first Democratic retirement announcement from Congress: U.S. Rep. Ruben Hinojosa, D- Mercedes.

Hinojosa was in the class of 1996, a change-over election that brought in 10 new Texas members to the U.S. House, including U.S. Rep. Kay Granger, R-Fort Worth.

“For the last 20 years, it has been my privilege to represent the voters of the 15th District,” Hinojosa, 75, said. “During that time, I fought to improve the quality of life of South Texas families, children and communities. I worked tirelessly to improve education, economic development, healthcare, international trade and transportation.”

Hinojosa’s District 15 is a Hispanic district that is reliably Democratic.

So far, the only Republican in the Texas delegation who’s announced his retirement is U.S. Rep. Randy Neugebauer, R-Lubbock. The oldest member of the delegation, U.S. Rep. Sam Johnson, R-Plano, 85, has already filed for re-election with the Texas secretary of state.

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U.S. Rep. Sam Johnson, R-Plano, who has already filed for re-election

Texas fans

U.S. Texas members spotted at the Willie Nelson Gershwin Prize for Popular Song event: Henry Cuellar, D-Laredo, John Carter, R-Round Rock, Gene Green, D-Houston, Beto O’Rourke, D-El Paso, Lloyd Doggett, D-Austin.

A surprise attendee at the Nov. 18 star-studded Constitution Hall event: Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., who took off a night from running for the GOP presidential nomination.

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Candidates filing for a position on the 2016 ballot have until Dec. 14 to submit their paperwork.

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