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Fort Worth – Dr. Donna Campbell made her first public appearance since her strong finish in the primary election on Thursday, greeting delegates and attracting the attention of at least one new admirer at the Texas Republican Convention – Governor Rick Perry. In a spontaneous exchange, cameras caught the governor giving a congratulatory hug to Donna Campbell with reporters in tow after his keynote address.
“Donna, congratulations. Well done,” Governor Perry told the New Braunfels physician and tea party favorite. Campbell has received a lot of attention ever since her grassroots campaign upset Elizabeth Ames Jones in Senate District 25. She will now face longtime incumbent Sen. Jeff Wentworth in the runoff on July 31.
“It’s exciting,” Dr. Campbell said of the experience. “To know people are rooting for you because they believe you can change the political culture and bring fresh ideas to government.”
Dr. Campbell received another warm welcome later in the day when she addressed the delegates of District 25 at a caucus meeting.
“We need leaders in Austin who share our values,” Dr. Campbell told the audience. “Not just the ones who vote right when the spirit moves them. We want leaders of integrity who can be our voice – those who will stand up for conservative values and not cave, who will fight for our core principles of life, liberty, faith, and freedom.”
Up until Election Night, Donna Campbell had called herself “the best kept secret of Senate District 25.” Things have changed considerably since then. Now she takes time out of her convention schedule for media interviews and even the governor recognizes her. A few more fans, and she won’t be a secret at all.