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Mayoral candidate-in-waiting launches book of columns to sellout crowd of more than 350

Mayoral candidate-in-waiting debuts book of columns to sellout crowd

Bill King, from left, Rebecca King and Josh Kise at the Bill King Book Signing November 2014
Potential mayoral candidate Bill King, from left, Rebecca King and Josh Kise. Photo by © Phyllis Hand
David and Patricia Dewhurst at the Bill King Book Signing November 2014
Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and Patricia Dewhurst. Photo by © Phyllis Hand
Frann Gordon Lichtenstein and Doug Gordon at the Bill King Book Signing November 2014
Frann Gordon Lichtenstein and her brother Doug Gordon. Photo by © Phyllis Hand
Brian Teichman, left, and Andy Cordes at the Bill King Book Signing November 2014
Brian Teichman, left, and Andy Cordes. Photo by © Phyllis Hand
Fredell and Robert Deutser at the Bill King Book Signing November 2014
Fredell and Bobby Deutser. Photo by © Phyllis Hand
Lily and Charles Foster at the Bill King Book Signing November 2014
Lily and Charles Foster. Photo by © Phyllis Hand
Marie and Alain LeNotre at the Bill King Book Signing November 2014
Marie and Alain LeNotre. Photo by © Phyllis Hand
Bill and Joann Crassas at the Bill King Book Signing November 2014
Bill and Joann Crassas. Photo by © Phyllis Hand
Bill King at the Bill King Book Signing November 2014
Bill King. Photo by © Phyllis Hand
Bill King, from left, Rebecca King and Josh Kise at the Bill King Book Signing November 2014
David and Patricia Dewhurst at the Bill King Book Signing November 2014
Frann Gordon Lichtenstein and Doug Gordon at the Bill King Book Signing November 2014
Brian Teichman, left, and Andy Cordes at the Bill King Book Signing November 2014
Fredell and Robert Deutser at the Bill King Book Signing November 2014
Lily and Charles Foster at the Bill King Book Signing November 2014
Marie and Alain LeNotre at the Bill King Book Signing November 2014
Bill and Joann Crassas at the Bill King Book Signing November 2014
Bill King at the Bill King Book Signing November 2014

It seems that Barnes & Noble in River Oaks Shopping Center was the place to be for power players the other night when public policy columnist Bill King launched his book Unapologetically Moderate: My Search for a Rational Center in American Politics.

While King says that he is waiting to assess the mayoral race before throwing his hat in the ever-expanding ring, the book signing served as a nice spring board for the attorney and former mayor of Kemah. Still no formal announcement.

The book, published by Bright Sky Press, is a compilation of what King considers his best writing over the past decade with subjects including hot-button issues such as Social Security reform, religion in politics and the federal deficit. Much of the writing originated in his weekly column for the Houston Chronicle.

Immigration attorney Charles Foster introduced King to the SRO crowd of 350. After reading an excerpt from the book, King spent two hours greeting guests, discussing the state of the city and assessing the mayoral field.

Among those applauding King's book and his possible entry into the political fray were Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and wife Tricia, Kenny Friedman, Jack Sweeney, Philamena and Arthur Baird, Kay and Fred Zeidman, Alfred Moran, Karen and Scott Rozzell, Marie and Alain LeNotre and Eli and Said Taghdisi.