The Houston Chronicle endroses Noriega:
It will be especially important for Texans to have a strong, respected voice inside the expected Democratic majority in the Senate. Rick Noriega offers such a voice, with a distinctive Lone Star tone and perspective. The Chronicle endorses Noriega for the U.S. Senate seat now held by Republican John Cornyn.
Noriega is showing himself to be the model of an effective Democrat – a centrist, moderate Texas Democrat – in a time when most voters are sick of political extremes. As such, he may one day set the standard for what a strong Texas senator can be.
Noriega also gets the endorsement of the Waco Tribune-Herald:
If symbolism is your bag, consider this. U.S. Sen. John Cornyn’s advertisements seek to imprint the message that he’s comfortable in cowboy boots.
Challenger Rick Noriega has modeled boots of his own: combat boots.
It’s just one of several reasons why the Tribune-Herald editorial board finds Noriega impressive and recommends him in the U.S. Senate race. A lieutenant colonel in the Texas Army National Guard, Noriega spent a year in Afghanistan in a command position in the wake of 9/11.
Later he would get an up-close look at border security issues with the Guard along the Mexican border. Combine this with experience in the Texas Legislature – elected to four terms in the House – and Noriega has a superlative resume in public service.
And the South Texas Police:
It’s doubtful that these endorsements will make the difference, but it’s good to see that someone finally see what a great candidate Rick Noriega is.
Too bad he is not a great fundraiser. Still, I think the DSCC should give this one another look.