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Fort Bend County, At Large
By Cheryl Skinner

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And, just why was Tom there?

OK...by now most of you have heard that the District 22 Republicans are going to back that Houston City Council woman, whose name escapes me right now, for their official nominee to be a write-in candidate for the Nov. ballot. Well, at least three counties voted for her. However, our county—Fort Bend County— or at least officially didn’t because the GOP Chairman Gary Gillen called for a boycott of the whole behind closed doors meeting.

But who shows up but our own Tom DeLay. Now I ask, and I am really serious about this, what in the blazon devil was Tom DeLay, a bonafide, certified, card holding, resident of Virginia doing at a meeting where the public, the media and all other interested Republicans were not allowed in? There just seems to be something terribly wrong with that scenario, if you ask me.

Since you didn’t ask me, but since I am allowed this space no matter who says what to me, I can and will say what I think. It stinks. And, why did Tom, the turncoat termite man, get a standing ovation? Has anyone but me realized that had it not been for his actions this whole mess wouldn’t be unfolding before the eyes of the nation?

In the meantime, Fort Bend County is making headlines nationwide for our “take the ball and go home” stance in this mess. Everyone knew going in that the other counties in District 22 were basically fed up with Fort Bend County monopolizing the District 22 benefits and attention. After all, whenever Tom DeLay had something to say to the voters in District 22 the press conferences were held in Fort Bend County. I’ll just betcha that the majority of the money that was allocated for various projects was sent to this county first and it trickled down from there. So, call it sour grapes or whatever, it was expected that Harris, Brazoria, and Galveston County folks were going to do their best to get their very own representative and apparently they felt that the Houston City Council lady, whose name still escapes me, was closest to the county lines or at least didn’t live in Fort Bend County.

Now flashback to David Wallace, who is now being tied into arms dealing and terrorist and bad business practices (you ain’t seen nothing yet, I’m sure) and a horde of other accusations from a variety of sources. Wallace will have to stand alone in this race and raise money from homegrown grass roots supporters because he won’t be getting any disposable political income from the Republican Party of Texas, the National Republican Party and you can bet there won’t be a lot of checks written from our fellow Republicans in the three above mentioned counties. Can he pull it off? Probably not but he is going to get a lot of welcome and not so welcome name recognition and he has already said that the next election he is running for Washington D.C.—doesn’t know which race, but he’s-a-running. And, will the Houston City Council woman (whose name just doesn’t stick in your mind) probably doesn’t have a much better chance. If I can’t remember her name, how many people are going to be able to dial a candidate on that Nov. ballot?

At any rate if you are a Republican in Dist. 22, I can’t imagine why anyone would stand up and honor Tom DeLay. On the other hand, if you’re a Democrat in District 22, stand up, put your hands together and honor the man who “gave” you a seat in Congress.


Contact skinnerc1@ev1.net, if you would like to express your opinions/views regarding the column. Write a SIGNED letter to the editor with valid day time phone number--name can be withheld by request.

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