Only days after Chris Hutto’s abdication became public, Montrose’s mayoral campaign has seen its first shake up. Potential candidate Slim Bloodworth has withdrawn her name from consideration.
Bloodworth, who has a strong power base at Rudyard’s, issued a statement echoing Lyndon Johnson’s famous words refusing the 1968 Democratic presidential nomination.
“I do not believe I should devote an hour of my day to the awesome responsibilities of the mayor’s office,” Bloodworth said. “Accordingly, I will not seek, nor will I accept the position of Mayor of Montrose.”
Despite her stated refusal, the rumor of a Bloodworth candidacy has resulted in a “Draft Slim” movement. Supporters have begun rallying on social media, calling for Bloodworth’s participation in the race.
The scuttlebutt surrounding Bloodworth’s name has already attracted the attention of some former Montrose powerbrokers. Al Bahmani, a comedy promoter and filmmaker who decamped to Los Angeles, wrote on Facebook that, “Slim’s reign would be righteous.”
Former, and possibly current, members of Montrose’s ruling elite have also voiced support for a Bloodworth candidacy.
Among the cultural hierarchy that have spoken out in favor of Bloodworth are Amanda Wolfe, Hutto’s former Secretary of State, and Jack Betz, one of the former editors of pro-Hutto propaganda paper Free Press Houston.
Whether Wolfe, who spent the final days of Hutto’s reign wooing Montrose’s famously fickle gay community, is part of the current transitional government remains unclear. Wolfe is not the only individual with ties to the previous administration whose position is ambiguous.
There’s talk of a group of diehard Hutto loyalists, including at least one ex-city of Montrose spokesperson, that may be attempting to run a shadow government from Catbirds — Hutto’s former capitol.
A potential revanchist faction of Hutto supporters, unwilling to surrender power, has led to questions about the provisional government’s authority. Concerns have also been raised about the new junta’s ability to prevent Huttite factions from rigging the election.
Only time will tell if democracy’s seeds take root in Montrose’s concrete jungle.