Texas Progressive Alliance Gold Stars

Posted on 12/11/2007. Filed under: melissa noriega, rick noriega, texas progressive alliance, Texas Progressive Alliance Gold Stars |


This year, in addition to recognizing its Texan of the Year
(which will come this Friday), the Texas Progressive Alliance
elected to recognize a number of other Texans who have
contributed to Texas politics and the Progressive cause during
2007. This week, leading up to the TOY announcement,
we bring you our

Texas Progressive Alliance Gold Stars (one each day through Thursday).

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Rick and Melissa Noriega

These two Houston Democrats could easily be called Texas'
new Political Power Couple. Melissa Noriega made news early
this year with her run for the Houston City Council seat vacated
by Shelley Sekula-Gibbs, who resigned the seat to assume the
last six weeks of former Congressman Tom DeLay's term in 2006.
Through a special election, a runoff, and a general election
battle to win the seat for a full term, Melissa Noriega's
progressive message endeared her to Houston voters, earned
her statewide media recognition, and helped mark her as part
of a new generation of progressive leaders with
statewide potential.

Rick Noriega's story is one that is also well known.
A veteran of the "War on Terror," Rick Noriega started
generating buzz early in 2007 as a number of
progressive Netroots activists and bricks-and-mortar
Democratic activists created a movement to
"draft" Noriega into the Democratic Party's race
for United States Senate. Rick Noriega answered
the call to service and threw his hat into the ring to
take on John Cornyn and the Texas Republican machine
in the 2008 election in spite of the fact that he could
have easily won reelection to his seat in the Texas Legislature
or even run for another office where the fight would have been
small to none. Instead, he had the courage to stand up for all
Texans and say enough is enough. A true people-powered
candidate, Rick Noriega, along with Melissa Noriega, have
both made significant sacrifices to serve the people of
Texas. For this and many other reasons, the Texas
Progressive Alliance is pleased to recognize
Rick and Melissa Noriega among its 2007 Gold Stars.

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