The race to replace......The rules
concerning the procedure to replace Tom DeLayís name on the
ballot for November have been touted in several media. It
involves all of the precinct chairs in each county in CD22
choosing one of their own from each county who will then
meet and decide the name to put forth.
In Fort Bend, Precinct Chair Teresa Raia
is openly campaigning for the spot as the elector. She is
calling each precinct chair asking for their support.
According to reports, Raia at first told
some precinct chairs that she would offer State
Representative Charlie Howardís name. Later, she has said
she hasnít decided who to support.
But the name that keeps popping up as an
elector is Pat Hebert. Pat has certainly established her
bona-fides as a Republican in many capacities also, serving
as president of the Republican Women, working for
candidates, and other duties too numerous to mention.
Suffice it to say, she has just as many credentials to
represent Fort Bend County as our elector than any other
I asked Pat who she would support and she
said she would support the person that a majority of
precinct chairs told her they wanted to be on the ballot.
She said that she was in favor of an open meeting to decide
who the precinct chairs wanted and she also favored an open
meeting between the four electors from the counties so there
could be no accusations of backroom politics.
I posed these same questions to Teresa
Raia in an email earlier this week and so far have received
Iíll let you know her response if she
ever gets back to me.
FYI: Former (as of May 1) Republican
County Chairman Eric Thode is sending out a card to every
Republican voter who has voted in the last few primaries
listing all the contenders for the ballot position. He is
asking recipients to vote and return it to the Republicans.
I think that is a very fair way to do it.
You know, if Tom DeLay was worried about
losing to Nick Lampson before, his actions in this political
imbroglio has only helped Lampsonís campaign. With the
Republicans fighting among themselves, disgust with the
whole thing is sure to follow.
And now, the school board......For
once, voters seem to be interested in the school board. Iíve
been to a couple of candidate forums which are more
well-attended than in recent years. And there are more
forums. In fact, candidate Rodrigo Carreon sent me a list of
the forums which conflict with several other community
meetings, including one that occurred on the same night as a
school board meeting. Carreon asks if the board candidateís
are being overworked.
Nasty, nasty, nasty.....I donít know
about overworking, but I do know it is getting dirty. Both
Liz Mitton and Steve Dieu sent out email blasts which
contained not only wrong information about Steve Smelley,
but were downright lies that could have so easily been
When I questioned Bert Levine, who is
working for Dieu, about why he would send out an email so
full of misinformation, his excuse was that he picked up the
information from a ďblogĒ at a certain website. Yet when I
checked the website, I didnít see that at all. I asked Bert
if he thought it was ethical to send out such blatant lies
gleaned from a blog without checking his facts first and
under the name of the candidate he was representing. His
response? ďYouíve got a point.Ē Yeah, Bert, and it matches
I didnít even ask Liz Mitton because I
didnít want to hear her tap dance around another of her
dirty political tricks. Her head isnít pointy: sheís just
When she used to operate her blog site,
Liz spent an inordinate amount of time criticizing me, so
donít go feeling sorry for her. Oh, she sounds good, but she
is poison and can spin school district news to make her
favorites seem so innocuous. You could always tell who was
in Rickertís gun sights by reading Mittonís blog.
I donít know who mentors who--Liz Mitton
or Lisa Rickert, but Liz has never found any of Rickertís
Campaign reports......Two candidates,
Steve Dieu and James Walker, have not filed their
contribution and expense reports timely. Dieu said he was
very busy and used his kidsí activities as an excuse. Walker
at least had the sense to offer no excuse, but did admit he
was an accountant, an even more glaring omission when
discussing C & Eís.
Walker probably had the better excuse
since he is an accountant, and we know how busy they have
been this April.
Theyíre doing a lot of talking
otherwise.....I sent out a questionnaire to the school
board candidates in FBISD and I still have not received
answers from Wayne Howard or James Walker. Iím giving them
until next week then Iím running the results sans their
And now for something completely
different.....You may have read what Iíve had to say
before about the valet service at Sweetwater Country Club.
In addition to parking your car so you donít have to walk up
that hill, they will wash it while you are dining. And at
$15 bucks a pop, that is about the going rate at the local
car washes if you get the premium package which is what you
get a Sweetwater.
Why, heck, sometimes I go to some civic
or charity luncheons at Sweetwater just to get my car washed
(Itís certainly not the food!).
Anyway, about two months ago I lost my
second set of car keys with that little clicker on it that
unlocks your door. You have to replace them from the car
dealership and they are kinda expensive.
I looked high and low for the keys,
including the car and every store I had shopped at in the
past year. I had left my keys at a store before and didnít
notice until later because I had two sets and was able to
get in my car without noticing the other set was missing.
So the other day, I went to Sweetwater
and had my car washed. Itís a miracle! When I got in my car,
my other set of keys was laying on the console. Remember, I
had searched my car at least twice for the missing keys. Are
those guys good, or what?