Money, money money....Iíve looked at
the campaign reports of County Judge Bob Hebert and
Commissioner James Patterson. Hebertís ticked me off;
Patterson just bored me--something I guess every politician
strives for--bore the newspaper looking at your campaign
By the way, the reports are available on
http://www.kissmybigbluebutt.com/ if you want to see for
In any event, this week itís Commissioner
Andy Meyersí turn. Now there are some things I agree with
Meyers about. Heís usually a fiscal conservative. Often itís
grandstanding, like not voting for the county budget because
he thinks itís too bloated when that bloat could have and
should have been questioned during budget hearings. Meyers
doesnít do that because the other commissioners might
question his own budget and pet projects at the same time.
Itís all about patting each other on the back.
Now Andy became a commissioner by telling
his voters what a numbers guy he was. In fact, at one time
he renewed his CPA license with questionable funds. I canít
remember now if they were county funds or campaign funds,
but he renewed his CPA license and Realtors license at the
So this last filing, which contained
several glaring mistakes, should surprise his supporters,
knowing what a numbers man he is and all.
First, the report he filed was seriously
outdated. It was revised in November, 1999. I talked to the
Texas Ethics Commission, and the lawyer there told me the
reports are revised every couple of years or so right after
the legislature meets and sometimes changes the form.
Pattersonís and Hebertís reports were
revised in 2003.
About the only thing that changed was the
first two-page cover sheets, but these pages contained
important information; i.e. how much money is left in the
campaign account at the end of the reporting period, and a
Meyersí 1999 report is missing those two
important details. Thatís not a very good showing for a
Meyersí report shows he took in
$3,579--$2,000 of which came from that Florida company which
partners with an engineering firm Fort Bend uses. The
Florida company has been under investigation for campaign
contributions that the company claims it gave, but the
politicians claim they never got. Obviously, Meyers got his.
He spent $20,735. Iíve always maintained
that Meyers lives on his campaign fund and this report is
not much different than those previously, except in this
report, his son is living on his campaign fund. Meyers paid
him $1300 worth of gas, then paid another $835 on gas for
another campaign car, in addition to $372 for insurance for
According to the Texas Ethics Commission,
it is only illegal to pay your wife or minor child. You can
pay your adult child, even if he is still living at home.
Meyers also said he paid Master Charge
$2,000 for an unspecified political activity in a pervious
reporting period (didnít say for what, or which period). He
also paid Master Charge another $600 for unspecified
political expenditures for this period.
He spent $1,341 for cell phone bills. Iím
glad to see him spending it out of his campaign account
instead of tax money because a pervious investigation
undertaken by this newspaper revealed that Meyers had one of
the highest county-paid cell phone bills.
The county fair got $3,450 and the Katy
baseball group got $2,002. He spent another $,2800 for the
signs that caused such consternation in the last election.
Other than a few $100 donations to various charities and
chamber dues, that was the bulk of his spending.
Iím fascinated by how politicos spend
their campaign money. I realize itís their money and except
for a few rules, they can spend it the way they want.
However, I think often it is a picture of the man, not the
politician. I didnít see one cent donated to the political
party that put him in office.
UPDATE: right before going to press, I
talked to Commissioner Meyers and he told me he found out
last Wednesday when he was in Austin that his report was
outdated and he has since filed an amended report. He still
doesnít have it notarized because he said he is swearing to
the fact that the report is true. According to the TEC, the
report is presumed to be sworn to by the signer, (in this
case Commissioner Meyers) whether it is notarized or not.
Donít tell everyone....Thereís
another comedy night scheduled for the Swinging Door this
Friday. It may be sold out. Jay didnít want to tell me
because the last group of people from Sienna who came after
reading it in the newspaper, stiffed her. If you go, please
pay your bill.
Hoist by their own petard...The ďrumpĒ
group of Republicans who are co-hosting the Lincoln Dinner
lead by Tom Campbell, are doing expensive mailers to
potential sponsors and attendees in order to get them to pay
them the money for their tickets, rather than County Chair
Gary Gillen. I canít understand why Gillen has to get
permission to spend money from either the finance committee
or the executive committee when this group doesnít. They are
going to eat up all their profits by the mailings they are
doing to the same people who have already received an
I donít think that was what Judge Tom
Culver had in mind.
I also donít think they should do all
these mailings without a political disclaimer. I saw four
pages with no disclaimer whatsoever. Maybe they donít have a
treasurer who wants to be on the disclaimer. According to
the Ethics Commission, this is also illegal.
This group has even gone off and got mega
political contributor Bob Perry to outbid Dave Wallace as
the speaker sponsor. Iím sure Dave took his $15,000 and
said, ďPunish me.Ē
I canít understand why a small group of
party hearties hate Dave Wallace so. Heís been an excellent
mayor of Sugar Land. Heís a bright guy, a Catholic and very
pro-life which is the defining political belief with that
Whatís not to like? Is he too nice
looking? Does he dress too well? Do too many people like
him? Are his wife and kids too cute? Is he too smart? Can he
not sing well enough?
Except for beating Dean Hrbacek as mayor,
I canít see that heís ever done anything to hack people off.
Thereís not a political group in the
entire United States who wouldnít be glad to have Dave
Wallace as their standard bearer. How long is he going to
have to pay for beating Hrbacek fair and square, a beating
that 55% of the people in Sugar Land approved?
Someone once wrote that I could find
nothing wrong with Dave Wallace. For once, they were right.