Wallace gone, but not forgotten.....Sugar
Land Mayor David Wallace’s decision not to run for Tom DeLay’s vacated seat in 2008 probably means that Democrat
Nick Lampson has a better than even chance of retaining his
Wallace was, in my opinion, the only
Republican that could beat Lampson. I know that are several
that disagree with me about this, but I want to emphasize
that is SEVERAL, not many. It’s that same several that are
still followers of former (sure feels good to say that)
mayor Dean Hrbacek who has not gotten over being beaten by
Wallace. The several that feel that way are vendors who had
already cozied up to Hrbacek and saw their plans dashed when
Wallace won; the Republican precinct chairs that Hrbacek has
co-opted that are still mad at Eric Thode for not letting
them run the party; and, well, I just can’t think of anyone
But not to worry. Nick Lampson is a
gentleman who has represented our district well. He’s not
interested in building a power base a la DeLay. He’s not
interested in pushing a narrow agenda. He’s just interested
in doing a good job for the people in his district whether
they be Republicans or Democrats.
Lampson recently told me his greatest
moment in the last session was his grandchildren getting to
see him sworn in. If you spend any time with him, you come
away thinking what a nice person he is. For his sake, I’m
glad Wallace took himself out of the picture.
But don’t count Wallace out. He has a new
company that needs to be nurtured, which he can’t do in
Washington, D.C. He’ll make some money and be back at a
New mayoral rumors.....Former Sugar Land
councilman Jimmy Thompson is rumored to be mulling over
running for mayor, as are about six other current councilmembers---Tom Abraham, Russell Jones, Daniel Wong.
Okay, three other council persons. Thompson is one of those
guys that everybody likes and I think he could win easily,
thereby dashing the hopes of several wannabes. Sorry,
fellows. Thompson would be a good compromise candidate that
would avert the bloodbath that is sure to take place if the
current council members continue to chomp at the bit for
And speaking of chomping.....The
Republican precinct chairs had two meetings last week--one
of all the chairs and another of the 22-member finance
The 35 malcontents continued their
pillorying of chairman Gary Gillen. It has gotten so bad
that many of the moderate Republicans have refused to come
to the meetings, thereby leaving Gary to face an even more
hostile audience every meeting. I didn’t go myself this
It’s excruciating to watch. Gillen needs
to hire those last two Craddick parliamentarians, and just
refuse to recognize anyone from the floor.
What’s interesting is that they hate him,
they hated Eric Thode before him, and yet a majority of the
Republicans in Fort Bend County elected both men to lead
them. These same Republicans who consider the democratic
vote a sacred rite are ignoring the wishes of a majority of
their people and continuing to disrupt the local party.
And speaking of dirty politics....Sheriff
Milton “Howdy Doody” Wright must be very afraid of his
primary opponent Billy Frank Teague. I can’t believe the
nasty stuff Sheriff “Howdy” is already letting fall off his
tongue about Teague, and it isn’t even near election time
All the personal stories have to do with
Teague’s wife (a 25-year employee of the sheriff’s
department under five different sheriffs), his children, and
his personal life--nothing about his policing abilities.
All I know about his professional life is
that Billy Frank Teague had a reputation as a DPS trooper
who would write anyone a ticket, including his own mother.
I met him many years ago when he was
trying to get the public to recognize the dangers of racing
trains at railroad crossings. He took a bunch of us
“journalists” on a train trip from Rosenberg to Stafford.
Knowing his reputation, I met him with trepidation because I
was afraid he could read my law-breaking mind. But I liked
his earnestness about his train education effort. Since that
time, I’ve heard nothing to change my mind about his
And even more dirty politics....The
Missouri City election run-off is this weekend between
District B incumbent Don Smith and Cynthia Lenton-Gary.
Smith beat Lenton-Gary by 15 votes in the May election, but
because there was a third contender, Smith did not receive a
In other published reports, long-time
Councilman Jerry Wyatt is questioning Lenton-Gary’s clams of
residency in District B. The Star first looked at Lenton-Gary’s
residency before the May election. It was questionable then.
Lenton-Gary claims she has sold her
interest to her husband in a home on Royal Plantation Lane
in District C for which she and her husband have received a
homestead exemption. She claims her son lives there. A
notarized document selling off her portion of the house,
dated in May of 2006, was filed in the County Clerk’s office
in May, 2007.
She says she lives on Mossridge in
District B in a house owned by her father, according to
county records. She says she and her husband rent it from
her father who claims a homestead exemption on that
property. However, Wyatt points out that the property is not
carried as a rental unit on any city or county records.
Most government entities have found
residency requirements problematic and difficult to prove,
especially against a committed candidate.
However, it does bring up an ethical
question. If a candidate is willing to lie about his
residency, what else is he willing to lie about? And what
impact does this have on the legality of any future votes if
it is found that the residency is ineligible? What would
this do to future bond actions and city elections?
No matter what is found now about Lenton-Gary’s
residency, if it is eventually proven as wrong, the
ramifications for the city are dire. If Ms. Lenton-Gary is
not a resident of District B as she claims, but is truly
committed to the city, she needs to come clean and spare the
city any future ramifications.
One last thing....I’m not through
writing, but I’m sure you are through reading; however, I
must add this. As you might know, Dianne Wilson was right.
She called me last week to report the voting system my two
co-horts liked and that she did not choose because of their
shaky financial rating, have declared bankruptcy. I pointed
out to Wilson that I encouraged my readers to explore the
question of electronic voting on the internet because there
is a lot of concern about it.
And I admitted that I guess we got the
best system in Hart InterCivic’s eSlate system. She just
beat me down and made me admit it!