Fundraising, endorsements, staffing and all of the details of filing for a primary in 75 days and winning it 90 days later are frozen in place.
Much of this stasis is because the Perry Campaign established the rules of engagement well over a month ago and raised the stakes on the Hutchison resignation by several orders of magnitude. Based on the performance to date, it would be naïve to believe that a Perry appointee to the United States Senate would remain neutral in the Texas governor's race.
So Dewhurst, Abbott, Cruz, Branch, Combs, Patterson and myriad other House and Senate wannabes will simply have to wait.
Meanwhile the candidates to replace the Senator who has not yet resigned have been busy in the campaigns for which they are not yet candidates.
On the Republican side, Lt. Governor Dewhurst announced his campaign team which includes premier Republican pollster Mike Baselice and long time consultants Dresner, Wickers & Associates.
Railroad Commissioner Michael Williams has released a list of more than 6,200 individuals who have signed on to his Leadership team including marquee names like former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, Grover Norquist and Laura Ingraham to less well known names like the third of SREC members that have joined the cause.
State Senator Florence Shapiro told supporters that she had raised over a million dollars for her U.S. Senate race.
Democrat John Sharp has been all over the state. In recent days, he has announced the endorsements of State Senator Leticia Van de Putte as well as House Local and Consent Chair Senfronia Thompson. Today, he added the significant endorsement of the Houston Black Democrats to his list.
Meanwhile, Houston Mayor Bill White announced the endorsement of members of the Texas Legislative Black Caucus.