Sugar Land Mayor David Wallace wants to
go to Washington D.C. and he is betting that he can win a
write-in campaign to reach that goal. A write-in campaign is
difficult at best, and odds are not in his favor, but he is
hell-bent on making it happen, and stranger things have
occurred in politics, so I’m not counting him out until the
political smoke has cleared. By that I mean not only is
Wallace up against some serious odds in getting people to
the polls and taking the time to “dial a candidate” on the
new e-slate voting machines, he is up against the Republican
leaders in the Brazoria, Harris and Galveston County
sections of District 22.
If he prevails, Republican leaders might
want to encourage absentee voting for a write-in candidate.
Then the voter can just write in their chosen candidate,
whether it is Wallace or the ever popular Mickey Mouse, who
always garners some votes in all elections. If voters go to
the polls to vote, they will have to set aside time in their
already busy schedules to dial each letter of the
candidate’s name. What a pain!
Fort Bend vs. the universe?
Fort Bend County Judge Bob Hebert kind of
set the tone of the District 22 race last week when he
endorsed Wallace. Some folks in the other portions of
District 22 think Fort Bend County may have developed a Fort
Bend vs. the universe stance. After all we had Tom DeLay for
nearly 20 years and some in Fort Bend County are determined
to keep a home town boy in that position.
Others say Hebert cut off his nose to
spite his face by making the endorsement before the Party
has spoken. They think his support of Wallace will be his
downfall the next time he seeks re-election and has a strong
opponent. I personally think he will be OK unless his
“one-time” salary boost of nearly 18 percent, which is on
the drawing board, turns into a yearly thing. That would be
the kind of thing the general population would be adverse
The sad thing about this situation is
that Republican voters will apparently be completely robbed
of their freedom of choice. Since Tom decided to cut and run
after he was elected in the primary, the time to resolve all
of the legal issues has taken up the better part of the
summer that normally would have been used for running an
effective campaign, and now the Republican Party is
jockeying to pick the “chosen” candidate, voters are pretty
much out of the picture until all is finally said and done.
It is clear that Fort Bend County is basically up against
three other counties in determining who the chosen candidate
There are two candidates that have made
it clear they want the job. But now the Republican Party is
talking about “recruiting” a third person to be the
Hopefully Fort Bend County hasn’t alienated itself from
the other counties. The Republican Party needs to get their
act together so it doesn’t turn into a total no win
situation. That, all things considered, will be a challenge.
Let’s face it, if millions of people can figure out how to
dial a candidate on American Idol each season, there is hope
for whichever candidate prevails in this monumental fiasco.