House Members’ Sons Run for Congress
WASHINGTON (AP) _ Running for Congress will be more of a family affair in Texas in 2002.
The sons of Republican Rep. Joe Barton and House Majority Leader Dick Armey are congressional candidates in the Lone Star State.
Brad Barton is among eight Republicans competing for the GOP’s nomination in a newly created House district in Texas.
Scott Armey is one of seven Republicans who filed to replace his retiring father in Texas’ 26th District.
The younger Armey, a North Texas county official, could follow his father to Washington. Businessman Barton could end up working alongside his dad.
``He kind of asked me how long I wanted to be a congressman and he was going to live near me and run if I didn’t run. But I said I was pretty happy being a congressman,″ the elder Barton said Thursday.
Texas’ delegation already has one son of a congressman. Rep. Charlie Gonzalez, a Democrat, represents the district once represented by his late father, Henry B. Gonzalez.
Scott Armey, 32, said the many opponents he and Brad Barton face in their March 12 primaries should dispel perceptions that they would win because of their fathers.
``People will look at that and say, ’You can’t just walk into a seat when you have that many candidates in a race,‴ the younger Armey said.
Brad Barton, 31, said voters ultimately will cast their ballots based on his abilities. But he added that being the son of a known Texas politician is certainly an advantage.
``It seems to have helped our president,″ he said. ``If it’s helped our president, it can help me.″