"Grandma" nickname is more of a slogan for Strayhorn,

Thursday, June 22, 2006

Texas Comptroller and gubernatorial candidate Carole Keeton Strayhorn has asked to be listed as "Carole Keeton ‘Grandma' Strayhorn" on the Nov. 7 ballot, according to news reports.

But putting "Grandma" on the ballot would be including Strayhorn's political slogan on the ballot, instead of referring to her by a nickname, says a University of North Texas political scientist.

Dr. John Todd, an associate professor and author of the book, "Texas Government: The Challenge of Change," says it's stretching the truth to say that "Grandma" is Strayhorn's nickname.

"People have not commonly referred to her as Grandma Strayhorn, or Grandma Rylander before she remarried," he says. "The phrase, ‘One Tough Grandma,' has been associated with her, but it has functioned as more of a campaign slogan than a nickname."

Todd says Strayhorn is probably trying to attach the nickname ‘Grandma' to herself "in hopes that it will help people correctly identify her after her name change from Rylander to Strayhorn."

"She doesn't want to lose voters who may not follow her closely enough to keep track of her name changes," he says.

UNT News Service Phone Number: (940) 565-2108

Latest News

Scott Dikkers
Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Scott Dikkers, founding editor of the satirical publication The Onion, presents "Funny Story Behind the Funny Stories," part of the 2014-15 Mary Jo and V. Lane Rawlins Fine Arts Series, at the University of North Texas.

Mike Campbell
Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Teachers and instructors of survey-level college courses will learn how to use stories about world leaders to interest their students in history during the University of North Texas' annual Teaching of History Conference Sept. 20 (Saturday).

Thursday, August 28, 2014

The University of North Texas Mayborn Graduate Institute of Journalism has awarded $140,000 in scholarships to students for the 2014-2015 year.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Gary Webb and Nicole Dash have received a grant from the National Science Foundation to study disaster preparedness among Native American communities -- a historically underrepresented population in the field of emergency preparedness research in the United States.

Union construction
Thursday, August 28, 2014

UNT will celebrate the placement of the highest steel beam at a topping off ceremony on the UNT Library Mall.