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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."


Nine, court Ďem, nine.....There are now as many candidates for Congressional District 22 (CD 22, otherwise known as the district formerly represented by Tom DeLay) as there are fools who think they would make a good Republican president.

They (the CD22 candidates) were all together in one place last week at the hotel at Town Square at a Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce luncheon.

The place did not implode.

The luncheon was not supposed to be exclusively for Republicans, and I heard an invitation was extended to Nick Lampson, our current very able representative. However, Nick had better sense than to expose himself to nine candidates running for his job. He knew they were all packing heat.

I donít know why Louis (Chamber prez) thought that people would pay good money to hear candidates they can usually hear for free, but he saved the day by selling tickets to the committed political junkies and companies who sponsored local students to see campaigning up close.

All of the candidates pretty much talked about the same things: low taxes, pro-life, war on terror, illegal immigrants. No candidates really broke from the pack except Allen Steinberger, the 20-something candidate that lives with his parents and is running on a shoestring.

Maybe because he was the last one introduced, or maybe because he is just young, but he stood out because he had a good stump speech, is a Dulles graduate, and had a good answer to any questions. I said after he spoke, ďIím voting for the kid.Ē

Hereís my summation:

Shelley Gibbs, who served after Tom left--been there, done that.

Brian Klock--just signed up, ex-military still in the reserves, from Clear Lake, rumored to live in the neighborhood with uber contributor Bob Perry, rumored to be his candidate.

John Manlove--please, must change his name. polished speech, former mayor of Pasadena.

Pete Olson-good bona fides, worked for Phil Gramm, John Cornyn, same ol, same ol.

Robert Talton--darling of the ultra-conservatives, the only one to mention his NRA backing, called ďMad DogĒ when he was in the state lege. Hey, Robert, the NRA even backed Lampson.

Ryan Rowley--contractor for NASA, no prepared speech, hohum.

Judge Jim Squier--talks-real-slow-so-we-mere-mortals-can-understand-him, I canít get over his courthouse prayer meetings during his judgeship.

Dean Hrbacek--to hear him tell it, he invented and birthed everything but the internet. The internet was not in Sugar Land, or he would have done that too.

Told us Town Square was his dream. Guess those guys like Les Newton and Steve Ewbank with Planned Community Developers are non-starters.

Allen Steinberger--wants to get younger people involved. Of course he does as he is only barely eligible to run, age-wise himself. I donít see how he has had the time to get the experience in as many things as he claims experience in. But at least heís different than all the 40-60 year old candidates.

One local candidate had his campaign signs even on the bathroom doors. I guess he felt entitled since according to him, he built the hotel! (See above.)

Morals thy name is DeLay.....The former Congressman from CD22, Tom DeLay, was at the luncheon also. He was asked to talk a little about the job. He got up there and said being a congressman was the most important job because that is where most legislation originates. After a few words about that, he segued into a bit about it didnít matter who we voted for as long as who we voted for was moral with strong values. He said we needed someone who represented our values, blah, blah, blah.

I tell you I was so shocked, yes shocked, that Tom DeLay would lecture us on morality and values. Funny he didnít mention anything about hypocrisy.

Other political notes.....I opened my mail the other day and there was a check from former Republican County Chairman Gary Gillen. It was to return money I had donated for his campaign as county chair. Gary thanked me and said since he wouldnít be running, he was returning my money.

Since that was the first time I ever got money FROM a politician, I called Gary and told him I was tearing up his check. I told him to keep the money for putting up with certain elements of the party for as long as he did.

Gary was elected by a majority of Republicans in Fort Bend County, but he was hounded from Day 1 because he wasnít who some of the more vocal of the precinct chairs wanted.

These same precinct chairs complained that Gary wasnít following the wishes of the Republicans. I wonder if they realize they arenít following the wishes of a MAJORITY of the Fort Bend Republican party who voted for Gillen.

Gary resigned because he knew that as long as he was County Chair, the executive committee that still attended the meetings (others had given up) the Party would suffer. He had no choice but to resign. Even when he did what Teresa Raia wanted, he still was hounded.

The Fort Bend Republican Party is now DOA and the executive committee composed of the precinct chairs is inconsequential.

Weíd better all cozy up to Nick Lampson because the Fort Bend Republican party canít get anyone else elected.

Yep, Gary can keep my campaign contribution. He tried.


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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