I'm a little sad tonight. Only a little.
You see, I cover politics for The Austin Chronicle, and one of the races I've been covering is Texas' 10th Congressional District. Which I also happen to be a resident of. We've been represented by a Republican since 2004, after Tom DeLay's famous re-redistricting. But this year, on the Democratic side, we were really lucky – we had two really great candidates. Our choice was between great or greater.
But I really took a liking to one of the candidates, Dan Grant (that's him in the picture). Why? Because after we finished my interview of him, he confessed that he had also done some research on me, had found my blog, and professed his love for craft beers. Let me tell you, when I walked into the voting booth, I still hadn't made up my mind, but knowing that I might have a Congressman who could appreciate a Belgian trippel or the latest seasonal from Saint Arnold was pulling on me. Hey, people have cast votes based on stupider logic than that.
So I finally had to make my decision. I went into the polls, looked at that voting machine, and cast my vote for … well, my vote is secret and I'll leave it at that. But Grant lost. Now I don't know how the winner, Larry Joe Doherty, stands on craft beer, but he's a bit of a good old boy and strikes me as more of a Lone Star man. What I do know is that he'll be a much better Congressman that what I currently have.
But I also know that craft beer lovers may have missed a chance to have influence in the halls of power. Sorry, Dan. I know you would have made a great congressman. Let's hoist a beer together sometime soon.
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