Voter confusion.....My favorite
precinct chair from another county, Jim Bob Jumpback,
emailed me that he was afraid to let the voters in his
precinct try to write-in Shelley Sekula-Gibbs on the new
electronic voting machines. He was fearful they would elect
Sheila Jackson Lee.
I’ll eat my hat......If the national
or state Republican Party gives Shelley Sekula-Gibbs the
$3-4 million in campaign funds that State Chairwoman Tina
Berkiser (God is our Chairman) promised if the Republicans
in Congressional District 22 (that’s us folks) would field
one write-in candidate.
I don’t know if Tina’s God is the Old
Testament one who will rain hail, fire, and brimstone down
on us sinners, or the more gentle New Testament one who is a
little more understanding, maybe because he finally had kids
(Jesus) of His own. But either one doesn’t approve of lying
and I’m afraid Tina’s tale pushes the envelope on that one.
My friend Hill Kemp, who used to
represent Brazoria and parts of Fort Bend in the Texas House
but is now a consultant and author, explained it to me this
way: There is a 15 seat difference between the Republicans
and the Democrats for control of the U.S. House. There are
35 seats that have been termed “up for grabs” by either
party. Does Tina honestly want us to believe that either the
state or national Republican Party would divert funds from
one of those “winnable” 35 positions to throw in the black
hole of an un-winnable write-in campaign? A write-in
campaign, I might add, waged by the Republican with the lest
likely name for write-in voters to be able to manage?
I went online to check out the e-slate
voting machine. There’s a demostration of what you can do,
and I discovered that if you spell Shelley Sekula-Gibbs
correctly, there are not enough spaces on the machine.
Additionally, there is no “dash.”
I’m afraid that God’s gonna make a wart
on Tina’s tongue.
Oh, maybe the state party will contribute
a measly $400,000 plus or minus, but $3-4 million--no way!
Dave Wallace is politically astute to know this. He withdrew
because he knew it was a dead end and whoever ran would get
an embarrassing number of votes. So few that they would not
run against him in the ‘08 primary.
But then all politicians, both Democratic
and Republican invoke God’s name all the time and then do
all sorts of things to displease Him. Tina’s a lawyer, for
cripes sake. That should be enough to atone for a half an
eternity or so.
Governor MoFo....Gov. Rick Perry has
a deadline of today (Tuesday) to call a special election to
fill Tom DeLay’s House seat. He could have done it earlier
so we wouldn’t have been without representation all these
months, but Perry knew a Democrat would win.
In a special election, anyone can run
from any party and whomever gets the most votes is the
winner. Since about 10 Republicans would probably have run
(look how many wanted the nod to replace DeLay on the
ballot) and only one Nick Lampson Democrat, a Democrat
probably would have won as Republicans split their votes.
I’ve heard that Perry has said that since
it is only for two months, he thinks voting in a special
election at the same time as the general election is just
too confusing and right now the professional staff can
handle the constituents’ concerns.
Voting in both elections at the same time
might be too hard for the Governor Good Hair, but I think we
can handle it. We do it all the time in city and school
And we do need representation. A friend
of mine called DeLay’s old office last week and no one was
in. Where were those “professional staffers”? Probably being
deposed, I imagine.
From last week......I had several
comments about my column last week when I complained about
the treatment of cows during the drought in Texas. All of
them grew up on ranches and agreed with me that our fathers
would have sooner gone without food themselves than to
starve a cow. In fact, my daddy spent mine and my brother’s
college funds in order to feed his cows during the 50’s
drought. I’m sure that was a financial decision as he worked
to save his investment, but still he would not have let his
animals degenerate to the point of the pictured cow.
When college time rolled around and he
had not replaced the money, he financed a beauty shop for my
mom in my old bedroom (you used to be able to do that in
Texas. Many a widow woman supported herself with a home
beauty shop), and she set hair from dawn to dusk to send us
My friend Ursula Coates, owner of The
Secretary/Tempower, is known for her love of animals and my
column prompted her to call and ask people to contact any
national politician they know because on September 7, the
House of Representatives is scheduled to vote on H.R. 503,
the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act. Currently 203
House members have cosponsored the bill to end the inhumane
practice of horse slaughter. It will take a simple majority
to pass in the 435 member House.
Citizens as divergent as Ursula Coates
and Willie Nelson are supporting this bill which also bans
the slaughter of wild mustangs still roaming the west.
Most of these horses are sold abroad
because we Americans don’t eat companion animals. Look at
to get a list of representatives. We, of course,
since Tom DeLay’s cowardly resignation, don’t have a
representative, but you might call some that are near our
area and particularly where you have relatives.
There is opposition against H.R. 503 by
the Cattlemen’s Association, but this time, I think I’m with