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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."


I’ve had enough.....I’ve seen Democratic signs around town asking, “Had Enough?” Well, I have. I’ve certainly had enough on the national level and some of it is even creeping into the local politics.

I’m not even going to vote for her once.....I really hate to disparage a woman in politics because I don’t think we have enough women. If we did, maybe this country would be better-run. But Shelley Sukula-Gibbs is running the silliest campaign, both for the special election and as a write-in.

Plus, I think she is too radical. She has tried to capitalize on the Christian Coalition as her base and talk up immigrant reform as her cause celeb prompting several of her fellow city council members to walk out on her one fine day. She has urged voters to vote for her twice; once in the special election and once in a write-in. I’m not voting for her at all.

Lampson is not the liberal he’s been painted.....Nick Lampson has received the endorsement of many groups who are considered conservative. Groups such as the Houston Assn. of Realtors, several police organizations. etc.

Yep, I’m voting for Nick and I would vote for him twice if I could. I think you should too.

And on another mission.....If you are still mad that Bud Childers beat Nina Schaefer for judge, you have a chance to get your revenge. I’m supporting Democratic Rudy Velasquez, a local man born, raised, and educated in Fort Bend until he went off to university and got a law degree. Velasquez worked in the Fort Bend DA’s office and is now the senior Asst. City Attorney for Houston for the past 12 years. He’s been a sole practitioner also, so has a wide range of legal experience. He’s a great guy, family man and hard worker.

Marsha has been vindicated (sort of)......When Marsha Gaines was County Tax Assessor, she used to get up in commissioner’s court almost weekly and complain about HR head Tom Anderson. She pointed out that he had 100% turnover with his own employees in the HR department.

A little background here. When he was hired, he was paid substantially more than the previous female head of HR. When we complained, we were told he had a law degree (not necessary for the job) and that he would be taking over “risk management.” That happened for about 4 weeks when other employees in risk management threatened to quit. That was taken away from him, but he did not have a decrease in salary. I was also told he was a “Republican precinct chair for many years in Pecan Grove and hence, “our kind!”

So late last week, he “resigned.” Sure.

Begala gala.....I’ve never heard Paul Begala give a whole speech before. Usually I would see him on “Crossfire” where the participants banter back and forth. Or on some other “talking heads” show which has a debate format. But last Friday, he was here and spoke at a Democratic fundraiser and he was “Fabulous!” His speech even made some of us old hard-cases tear up. Plus he does a drop dead imitation of Bill Clinton, for whom he helped to get elected.

Begala said he learned all the important things in life and politics over a nail keg at Courts Hardware where he was employed while a student at Dulles. He has gone on to bigger things and is now a well-known author and television pundit.

It was a great speech! Supposedly, the Democrats raised about $20,000.

Voting...We are being urged to vote early to avoid long waits at the polls on November 7. Early voting has already started.

But this flies in the face of my scheme to wait until the last minute and vote for the candidate who is ahead of the three (Kinky, Bell, and Grandma) and has the best chance of beating Gov. Good Hair. So take your choice. Vote early or subscribe to the Bev Carter School of Political Prognostication.

You think it just can’t get any worse for the Republicans.....And it does. In addition to all the bad publicity about Republican congressman, even their singers are making the headlines. Sara Evans, Tom DeLay’ s candidate for “Dancing with the Stars” (he sent out an email urging us to vote for her. Cross my heart he did.) quit over either her husbands extra-martial affair or hers, according to which tabloid you believe.

I got an email from someone from another state wanting to know if Tom really did say that some people would still lay down on the train tracks for him. Regrettably I had to tell them it was true as Tom appeared in person on a television newscast saying that. Are you track layers nuts?!

I give up.....I can not wax eloquently anymore this week. I have that bug going around and even my own column is making me sick!


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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