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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 30 years."


Now you “C” it.......The Fort Bend “C” Club had its first event this past week in conjunction with the Veterans War Museum and it was nearly everything the organizers wanted it to be. I use the term “nearly” because I think several of the “C” Club attendees were a little put off when the gospel fervor of the event broke through with about three songs.

Then we sat with our mouths open. Most of us were participating because we were interested in the fiscal conservative aspects of the organization. And many of us had been turned off by the evangelical tenor of the local Republican party. Not that we minded religious leaders, but many of us are tired of that being the only agenda.

So it was with some consernation that we heard former Pasadena Mayor John Manlove rock forth with his gospel numbers.

Manlove announced his candidacy for Congress in District 22 shortly before the event and well after all plans had been made. With his religious bent, he would probably be the least likely person for many in that room who were there as guests of the “Conservative” club, to support.

But except for the three religious songs, the night went off without a bobble. In fact, the rest of the music was great. Our Mayor Dave Wallace did us proud with his lyrics and there was even some rocking and rolling going on.

Of course, there were a couple of crashers; people who would not have been invited by the “C” club members--like Andy Myers and Dean Hrbacek. But they bought their tickets through the Veterans Museum and so were welcomed. Or at least Hrbacek said he did. Andy, as usual, didn’t open his checkbook and was there as a guest of someone else.

The “C” club will be modeled after the one in Houston which is non-partisan and is composed of 100 business leaders who endorse and financially support political candidates.

The Fort Bend “C” club’s support of political candidates will be based upon the candidate’s support of conservative fiscal policies and the preservation of the quality of life in Fort Bend. Membership is by invitation only, with 100 targeted members made up of business, professional and community leaders. The club’s intention is to amass a political fund of $100,000 which can make a significant impact in a local election. Unlike previous local political pacts, the “C” club is attracting a diverse gender, ethnic, and religious membership. According to the organizers, a orientation meeting is soon. A membership chair has been enlisted and information about applying for membership will be published.

Dave Wallace is the force behind this new organization. Not to overstate the obvious, but I guess the Hrbaceks, the Perrys, and the religious right just can’t seem to run Dave Wallace out of town.


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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