Wednesday, a surprise guest accompanied Texas Governor Rick Perry as he came to Houston to launch his re-election campaign.
Controversial Congressman Tom DeLay offered his support to Perry in what is turning into a ruthless race for governor.
Rick Perry brought his re-election waltz across Texas to Houston.
"Our jobs are at an all time high. Frivolous lawsuits are on the decline," said Governor Perry told the crowd.
Outside he attracted four young cheerleaders and five detractors who were old enough to vote.
"He's done nothing in education," a protester said.
In theory a republican running for re-election in a republican state should feel pretty comfortable.
"Our work isn't done, not by a long shot. Which is why I'm a candidate for governor in 2006," Governor Perry said.
But here's where it gets interesting.
Comptroller Carol Keeton Strayhorn is a Republican, though she's running against Perry as an Independent.
Only even as she says it on a television commercial, a close look reveals it says Republican under her name.
Perry didn't want to talk with 11 News.
But Congressman Tom Delay weighed in on independents.
"I think they're a novelty that Texans kind of enjoy and they make the race kinda funny," said Tom Delay, R-Sugar Land.
It's Carole Strayhorn, but plenty of people search for Carol, so I won't correct it for them.