Democrat for governor can't name state officials

Posted by Paige Stewart - email

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Farouk Shami, a Democrat running for Texas governor, still has a lot to learn about state government.

The Houston hair care magnate couldn't identify the state's comptroller, attorney general or his own representatives when questioned during a Thursday interview with the Austin American-Statesman editorial board.

Although the 67-year-old first-time political candidate Shami has factories and his corporate headquarters in Houston's Harris County, he's registered to vote in bordering Montgomery County.

Shami campaign manager Vince Leibowitz called the meeting "a police interrogation."

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