In the Houston Chronicle's endorsement the editor makes the unusual statement that CPA Raul Torres has the best credentials to be comptroller, but endorses Hilderbran because Torres 't win. Here's what they say:
"Of the four Republican candidates, Raul Torres has the most impressive financial credentials: He's a CPA (as well as a former member of the Texas House). We like his calls for 20-year financial planning and the use of generally established accounting principles. Unfortunately, with little campaign money or name recognition, he's likely to come in dead last in the race."
The editorial's ratonale "Though Hilderbran has no formal fiscal training, his experience goes deeper than Hegar's: He's been on the House's tax-writing Ways and Means Committee for eight years and has been its chairman for four."
The editorial also has high praise for the qualifications of the other CPA in the race, Democratic candidate Mike Collier. "Collier has real-world financial credentials: He was until recently the chief financial officer of Houston-based Layline Petroleum and is a former partner in the accounting firm PriceWaterhouseCooper. Collier will have an easy time pitching himself as a candidate with both the experience and independence to serve as a watchdog.
Read the full editorial here.