Texas U.S. Rep. Kay Granger receives a sentimental honor

U.S. Rep. Kay Granger
U.S. Rep. Kay Granger Star-Telegram

U.S. Rep. Kay Granger recently received a special honor.

The Fort Worth Republican received the first Bob Bolen Champion of Free Enterprise Lifetime Achievement Award, given by the political arm of the Texas Association of Business.

“Congresswoman Granger has been a long-time champion of business,” Texas Association of Business CEO Bill Hammond said. “She has made it her mission to ensure we have a strong economy in Texas and across our nation.

“I can’t think of anyone more deserving of this award than Congresswoman Granger.”

Bolen, the city’s longest-serving mayor, died in 2014 at the age of 87.

Granger served on the Fort Worth City Council when Bolen was mayor and was elected mayor after he retired. She has served in the House since 1997.

“Mayor Bolen was a mentor of mine and a dear friend,” she said. “He was successful at everything he set his mind to — whether in his businesses or in public service — because of his personal philosophy of leaving a place better than you found it.”

Trump’s Tarrant ties

During Donald Trump’s recent rally in Dallas, two elected officials with ties to Tarrant County helped introduce the Republican presumptive presidential nominee.

Tarrant County Commissioner Andy Nguyen, who introduced himself as a legal immigrant, was among the speakers saying Trump needs to win the November presidential election.

“The problem of America is that we have too many bad politicians,” he told the crowd. “And Hillary Clinton is No. 1 on that list.”

U.S. Rep. Michael Burgess, R-Pilot Point, also took to the stage to speak for Trump.

Burgess, who previously endorsed Sen. Ted Cruz, who has since left the presidential race, said Trump’s the candidate he will support in November.

“Let’s make America great again,” he told the crowd.

Texas women

Women Vote!, which is a branch of Emily’s List, a bundler of funds to elect pro-choice Democratic women, has some top Fort Worth supporters in the current 2015-2016 election cycle, according to Federal Election Commission records.

Anne Bass, wife of Fort Worth billionaire Robert Bass, who has been a long-time supporter of Democratic causes, has given $50,000 to the group.

Bass, a philanthropist, has also donated to several women candidates including Rep. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill, who is running for Senate and Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash.

Laurie Michaels, a psychologist who is the wife of Fort Worth billionaire David Bonderman, has given $150,000 to Women Vote!

The vast majority of the PAC’s $60 million in funds in 2014 came from women donors.


Speaking of campaign contributions, Ohio GOP Gov. John Kasich’s presidential campaign had a supporter from the Fort Worth elite: former U.S. Rep. Pete Geren, D-Fort Worth, who is now president of the Sid Richardson Foundation. Geren gave his former House colleague $2,700.

Geren, who was in Congress from 1989 until 1997, succeeding former Speaker Jim Wright who resigned, 1997, served with Kasich in Congress. “He’s a strong candidate and a personal friend and he would make a good president,” Geren said.

Tough Mayor Price

You’ve got to give Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price credit. On her recent trip to Mexico City, via the Dallas-Fort Worth Airport trade mission, she ate chopulines.

They’re considered a delicacy and were on an appetizer plate brought to their table at a restaurant. Price said she decided why not, what could be so bad about eating fried, crispy crickets. You put them on a corn tortilla with some guacamole and roll it up, she said.

“They didn’t have much taste,” she said.

Staff writer Sandra Baker contributed to this report.

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