are happening in so fast in Congressional District 22 that
our front page last week was practically out of date before
it was printed.
And I had to find out that my own Sugar
Land Mayor David Wallace was considering a write-in campaign
from the editor of a state-monthly magazine.
Yes, Paul Burka with Texas Monthly called
me 30 minutes after we went to press and asked me what I
thought about Wallace running a write-in campaign. I was
embarrassed to tell Burka that I knew nothing about my own
mayor and former good friend David Wallace running a
If I had not been so hacked off about the
source of my information, I might have told him that I
thought it was a quixotic effort but would give him very
good name ID for a run two years from now.
In the meantime, after DeLayís cowardly
cop out, the state Republican Party issued a statement that
it would get behind one candidate of its choosing to support
as a write in.
Wallace, who is nimble on his feet if
nothing else, didnít wait for the state Republicans and
didnít promise to drop out if he wasnít the state designee.
Thatís just as well since I doubt if the
state party would endorse him to run. Instead, it appears
they want someone from anyplace but Fort Bend, and Daveís
actions didnít endear him to any state Republican officials
or even Republican from any of the other three counties in
Except for hurting my feelings, I thought
it was smart of Wallace to jump out there. He got the bump
from the first buzz before any other candidates and he was
the logical candidate in the first place.
Meanwhile.....However, none of this
amounts to a hill of beans about winning a write-in
campaign. I doubt if anyone, even David Wallace, could win a
write-in against the charming, experienced and moderate Nick
I met with Lampson this week and so far,
I like him. He is reasonable and is planning on running an
issue-based campaign like homeland security, border safety,
Lampson is related to about half the
people in Stafford so heís a home town boy. His wife is a
special education teacher. He is a former county elected
official (Tax Assessor) and a former congressman who was
gerrymandered out of his Democratic district. He is a
moderate who had previously been endorsed by some very
conservative groups (like, the NRA), and he has THREE
MILLION DOLLARS in his campaign war chest.
I like Dave Wallace, but I believe itís
time to get on the Lampson train. I know that even now it
could be categorized as the ďlate train,Ē but.....Yeah, heís
going to be our next congressman, so get over it.
I just canít give it up.....According
to his friends, Tom DeLay has blamed his wife and God on his
decision to quit his congressional seat. Heís told some that
his wife just couldnít stand the headlines and it was
beginning to affect his health. If you remember, Tom also
blamed his wife when he wrote hot checks to the House bank
many years ago.
Then heís told others that God told him
to quit. When someone tells you God told them to do
something, we usually let them get by with it. After all,
who can argue with God. Unless they claim God told them to
kill someone. Then we usually think they are crazy. Iíll bet
God didnít tell him to lie about his residency.
I almost canít believe it.......Our
county fathers must be pretty confident in their jobs
because the commissioners are about to vote themselves a
HUGE salary increase (see front page story by Cheryl
Skinner) for not only themselves, but all of the other
elected jobs in Fort Bend. (I casually wondered why I
havenít heard from Dianne Wilson in weeks. Dianne and I are
not intimates, but we usually talk at least once a month.
Not so this summer. Of course, I have been moving.
One thing Iím glad to see is that the
commissioners didnít just vote themselves a huge increase
and forget all the other elected officials, particularly the
ladies. I think the ladies broke them of that habit by suing
them several years ago claiming discrimination. The
commissioners caved the day before they were due to take
depositions. They knew the ladies were sorely underpaid
compared to the commissioners and wisely decided to do the
Judge Hebert says he wants to see
salaries high enough to get good candidates to run for
county jobs. An admirable quality, but with the power of
incumbency, this ainít gonna happen for a while.
When I said what I said about the war
last week, I still think that our war in Iraq has incited
and emboldened terrorists all over the world. I know the
different factions in the Middle East have fought each other
since Biblical days, but I think we should have stayed out
of it originally. It seems those people cannot be reasoned
with and the only thing they understand is war. So, in for a
penny; in for a pound.