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Bev's Burner
Some's Hot, Some's Not 

By B.K. Carter

"Bev Carter is the owner/publisher of the Fort Bend Star, winner of numerous state and national awards. She has been a voice of Fort Bend's largest circulated newspaper for 28 years."


 

Ohmygosh......Two months ago it looked like Annie Elliott was a shoo-in for her race as District Clerk in Fort Bend. But as the old saying goes, a week is like a year in politics. Since that time, not only has the national Republican Party suffered the slings and arrows of disgraced congressmen, but the local party faithful are being encouraged NOT to straight party vote in order to write in a candidate who took Tom DeLay’s place after his fall from grace.

Plus, Elliott’s husband and campaign treasurer has been accused in two court filings of prosecutorial misconduct by spearheading criminal indictments against several of Holden Roofing’s former employees after Holden made a substantial political contribution to Annie Elliott’s campaign.

Elliott has been accused of walking the criminal accusations through the Rosenberg Police Department and personally presenting the former employees’ alleged wrongdoings to the grand jury. Elliot has subsequently been removed from the case by District Attorney John Healey (although both men claim he “voluntarily” removed himself) and denies having anything to do with the attorney representing Holden in civil suits except to share an office for his private practice.

The Motion to Dismiss an Indictment against Rick Commander due to Violation of Due Process Rights Resulting from Prosecutorial Misconduct, is another of those cases involving Elliott and Holden Roofing Co. owner Brett Holden. It was filed in the 400th District Court by Commander’s attorney Larry McDougal and accuses Elliott of personally “walking” the criminal cases though the Rosenberg Police Department, says that the Rosenberg Police Department did not conduct a criminal investigation except to take the word of Holden, and accuses Elliott of personally presenting the criminal charges to the Grand Jury after his wife received the $1,000 campaign contribution and the use of Holden’s Hummer in various parades.

This is in addition to the same type of suit filed a couple of week ago by Richmond attorney Don Bankston on behalf of another former Holden Roofing employee, Andrew Dumas.

According to word on the street, several other defendants have hired Houston attorneys and more suits are expected to follow.

These people are hot.....Several Meadowcreek residents are so mad at the law firm representing their Homeowners Association that they are trying to recall the board members who won’t fire the firm, co-owned by Sugar Land City Councilman Russell Jones and his wife Thelma Holloway. They were even so made they tracked me down and bent my ear for several hours about their complaints.

I have to say that according to some of the material that I viewed, I can’t blame them for being just a bit hot.

One homeowner brought his canceled checks showing he paid his maintenance fees in plenty of time but failed to pay the “volunteer” $80 that the law firm had already informed the board was “unenforceable.” The check was cashed, but because the volunteer fee was missing, that homeowner now has a $3,000 legal bill from Holloway Jones and threats to foreclose on his home.

In another case, we have been shown documents indicating the homeowner paid his fees in time in January, but by May had been assessed legal fees over $3,599, and by September, a summary judgement has been issued on the property.

There is a dispute over the election and when I asked Russell if I could see the votes, he told me that I had no standing since I wasn’t a member of the HOA and that they were not a matter of open records. I later found out that in counties contiguous to Harris County (like Fort Bend), HOA records are a matter of public record and one does not have to be a member of the HOA to view the records. Tut, tut, Mr. Jones. You know it raises my suspicions when I am, if not exactly lied to, at least misdirected.

Listen up now.....Okay, I think this is the way we should do it. Someone asked me the other day who I was going to vote for governor. I answered, ABR, or “anyone but Rick” or, as I like to call him, Governor GoodHair.

I replied that I was nervous about that race because since there are so many candidates, the likelihood that Perry can win on a plurality are evident. I said we should all get together and vote for the ONE other candidate who had the best chance of winning.

I don’t want to just vote. I want my vote to count to defeat Perry and if we don’t all get behind just one candidate, well.... you do the math.

So, pay attention. Here is the plan. I plan to wait until the last minute and vote for the person who is coming in second after Perry, no matter if I have to hold my nose. The problem is finding a unbiased poll showing who is winning. We know how silly polls can be after seeing one that Shelley Sukula Gibbs commissioned.

 

Contact bkcstar@earthlink.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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