Signs of the times—LCISD
unknowingly shares wooden stakes
Perhaps you could call it
the signs of the times—after all it is an election year—just
before press time we starting getting reports that Lamar
Consolidated Independent School District was connected with
District Clerk candidate (Democrat) Veronica Torres. Well,
they are not in any way connected, but the signs are. It
seems some of our astute readers, most likely Republican in
political affiliation, questioned why LCISD would be sharing
sign stakes with another candidate, namely Torres.
LCISD is not affiliated with any candidate. Christy
Willman, spokesperson for LCISD, said the school district
cannot promote a bond issue and therefore they are depending
on volunteers and the Citizen’s Bond Committee to see the
word gets out.
Lonnie Meadows, a member of the bond committee, says he
has also received calls on the sharing of the signs. “I saw
one this morning sharing a post with Ken Cannata, who is a
Republican.” Well, at least they are being fair.
Meadows said the volunteer group purchased an ample
number of sign-posts, so he couldn’t explain exactly why
some of the bond signs are sharing space with Republican and
Democrats running for office. “Obviously we need to fix this
since we are getting calls. But, at least we know people are
reading them,” Meadows noted. He also said that with as many
volunteers as they have out putting out signs and informing
the public it may be a while before he can figure out why
this is happening.
Next week, if all goes as planned, President George Bush
will appear in Fort Bend County in an apparent effort to
spur Republican voters to go to the polls and vote
Republican. Of course the emphasis will most likely be the
District 22 race where Shelly Sekula (no longer hyphenated)
Gibbs is trying to win a write-in campaign against her
Democratic and Independent opposition (both of whom are on
the regular ballot) as well as a handful of other
Republicans who will appear as write-in candidates too.
I really don’t know if having the President here is a
boon or a bust for any of the candidates. After all, Bush is
experiencing the lowest popularity rating he has ever had
since being elected. So, having an unpopular President
touting the cause may not be a big plus in an already uphill
battle for Sekula Gibbs or any one else in the party.
Sekula Gibbs is trying to tell the voters, via television
commercials, how to vote a write-in on the somewhat complex
dial-a-candidate electronic ballots now used by District 22
voters. For some reason when she appears on TV, I personally
get the impression that she is a soccer mom. I know she is a
Houston City Council member and a physician, but commercials
just don’t seem professional.
Maybe it is the nonsensical grin, I don’t know, but I do
know I think Sugar Land Mayor David Wallace should have just
stuck in the race since the big bucks that were supposedly
going to follow his withdrawal have not yet materialized for
Sekula Gibbs. There are only a couple weeks to go before
voters go the polls and the money has been trickling in and
not pouring like promised.
David would just have been a lot more photogenic and his
presentation, prior to withdrawing from the race, was pretty
darn good. At least he didn’t come across as a cheerleader.
He seemed more like a political candidate with a serious
commitment and an overall platform. Sekula Gibbs platform
seems to be centered on voting for her and not much else.
Kinky is Kool
Speaking of commercials, Kinky Friedman has some doozies.
Not many people will say it in out loud, but I am running
across an increasing number of folks who think Kinky
Friedman is “kool.” A lot of people may be underestimating
this somewhat unusual candidate. After all Rick Perry has
not done an exemplary job for the state of Texas even if his
commercials claim he did and Carol Keeton Strayhorn spends
most of her time trying to convince us of her qualifications
as a grandmother.
Kinky is refreshing and entertaining to say the least.
Everyone knows that once a candidate is elected and takes
the oath of office, all the shallow promises made on TV
commercials are put on the shelf for the next election
anyhow, so having someone in Austin that could at least give
us a genuine laugh or two might be a good idea. Some people,
who aren’t Kinky fans, point to the numerous snafus Kinky
has made while on the campaign trail. Sure he has angered a
few special interest groups, but look at the resulting
publicity he has garnered. With a limited budget, any
publicity, even negative, is a plus for the candidate.
What I really don’t understand is the commercial where he
makes reference to wild hogs in a mating mode! But, then
again, those strange things do stick out in your mind and
there is no doubt you remember who made the comment. So
could it be that Kinky may not be as kinky as some folks