LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Former State Comptroller John Sharp said count him in, he's running for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Congresswoman Kay Bailey Hutchison, and State Rep. Jim McReynolds is backing that move.
McReynolds (Lufkin-D) made the announcement in Lufkin Wednesday that he's endorsing the former state senator for that U.S. Senate seat.
Sharp (D) is also a former Texas State Senator and Representative and he calls himself a fiscal conservative.
McReynolds said he's thrilled to support his friend of 25 years. He said he thinks Sharp will be a very moderate voice in the U.S. Senate and voters won't see a lot of useless spending.
"[He] gives great advice, we like him, both sides of the aisle like him in Austin," McReynolds said. "He's a gentleman, he's a business person, he loves all Texans, he's got fire in his belly to seek a higher office and I'm just really proud of him."
"My plans are to balance the budget," Sharp said. "I want to take on Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and pull the stimulus money back out of the budget and balance it because if we don't then our economy is simply not going to stand up to the trillion dollar deficit. You just can't do it."
Sharp said he doesn't intend to go to Washington with a lot of new programs and different ways to spend money. He's going to see how the government can save money. As for health care, Sharp said health care costs should be lowered and adds you can't do that without lowering the cost of prescription drugs.