Sen. Democratic Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., does not want presumed Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton to pick a vice presidential running mate from the Senate that will hurt Democratic chances of control.
As Reid said on MSNBC last week, if Clinton wanted to pick a senator in a state that Democrats would then likely lose, his response would be not just “no,” but “hell, no.”
“We saw what happened in Texas when Lloyd Bentsen became secretary of Treasury,” Reid said, referring to the Texan being named to Bill Clinton’s Cabinet in 1993. “We have never recovered from that. Had we not gone along with that, we could still have a Democratic senator from Texas. I would yell and scream to stop that.”
Texas Gov. Ann Richards named Bob Krueger, a former U.S. congressman and Texas railroad commissioner to fill Bentsen’s seat, but in the runoff of the special election that followed, Krueger lost to Kay Bailey Hutchison.
Happy 167th Birthday
Texans are invited to celebrate Fort Worth’s birthday at 10 a.m. June 4, for a historical marker dedication at the John V. McMillan Plaza by the Maj. Ripley Arnold statute, in the 300 block of North Taylor Street.
The dedication of a historical marker memorializing “the men who rode together to this area to scout a place to establish a fort” is sponsored by the family of Simon Farrar, the Tarrant Regional Water District and the Tarrant County Historical Commission.
The celebration is a few days early, though. Officials note that Fort Worth was founded June 6, 1849.
Travels with Obama
President Barack Obama’s high-profile trip to Vietnam had a couple of Texas guests, U.S. Reps. Joaquin Castro, D-San Antonio, and Beto O’Rourke, D-El Paso.
And thanks to Facebook-friendly O’Rourke, every step the Texans took was posted, from flying on Air Force One to street scenes to meeting dignitaries to going to the “Hanoi Hilton,” where U.S. POWs were held.
From O’Rourke’s Facebook page: “It was a really special experience to fly over on Air Force One, but it was a really long trip. 8 hours to Elmendorf Air Force Base in Alaska. Another 8 to Japan. And then 6 to Vietnam. . .”
In Vietnam: “One striking feature of Vietnamese road traffic I noticed on the way there: it’s dominated by mopeds and scooters; cars and trucks are the exception. I saw a family of four on one scooter: two parents, a toddler and a baby. Made me think how risk-averse we are in the U.S. by comparison.”
Fort Worth library director retiring
An audible gasp silenced the Fort Worth City Council work session last week when City Manager David Cooke announced the retirement of longtime head of the city’s library system, Gleniece Robinson.
Robinson joined Fort Worth in March 1999 and will leave the city at the end of January. Since joining the city, she has seen the library system expand and contract through the years and oversaw technology upgrades.
Mayor Betsy Price said Robinson did a wonderful job in Fort Worth.
“She’s always got a smile and always got a creative idea to help you approach things,” Price said.
The three presidential libraries and museums in Texas — the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum in Dallas, the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum in College Station and the Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library and Museum in Austin — will offer free admission to active-duty military members and their families between Memorial Day and Labor Day this year.
“We are so thankful to our military service members and their families for their selfless service and sacrifice for our country,” said Alan Lowe, director of the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum.
This is part of the Blue Star Museums program. Officials say this applies, from May 30 to Sept. 5, to anyone with a Geneva Convention common access card, a DD Form 1173 ID card (dependent ID), or a DD Form 1173-1 ID card.
Staff writer Sandra Baker contributed to this report.
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