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
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
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
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.