Several news stories this week demonstrate that Farouk The-Quaker Shami is right at home with Democrats even though he’s a successful business entrepreneur.

KVUE news in Austin reported that Shami declared that “it’s time for a brown governor” in Texas. So check off racial-identity politics on his leftist qualifications litmus test.

Let’s move to the El Paso Times for the next item on the list: Shami told El Pasoans he wants to open a business in El Paso before the election, a small factory to produce solar energy products to be located in a distressed neighborhood. Farouk’s already promised the same for Houston and soon he’ll have promised to build solar panel factories in every democrat vote-rich area of the state.

Shami’s got the racial-identity and the patramonial I’ll-put-jobs-in-your-barrio politics mastered. What’s next?

The Star-Telegram’s Politex reports, “Shami laid out campaign pledges that include the creation of jobs, solar-powered workplaces, employer-provided insurance, supporting President Obama’s health care plan, controlling student tuition and boosting education funding.”

And as if to make sure we know Shami’s a solid, dyed-in-the-wool, liberal democrat on these issues, the Dallas Morning News reported: “He did not answer questions about how specifically he would accomplish all that, particularly at a time of expected budget shortfalls.”

Farouk The-Quaker Shami may be a sham of a candidate at general election time but, he’s authentic as can be for the Democrat’s primary.

Robert Pratt is host of the top rated Pratt on Texas radio program which can be heard at

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