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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."


 

One little, two little, ten little Indians.....The race of 10 candidates in CD 22 trying to take Tom DeLay’s place has so far overshadowed other political races in the county that no one is paying attention to the other races. One important one is the race for state representative in District 26. However, the rumored resignation of State Senator Kyle Janek, which is supposed to occur by the time this goes to press, might change all that. The incumbent in the position, ultraconservative State Representative Charlie Howard, has stated he may very will run for that post in May.

Meanwhile, Charlie Howard is being opposed by Paula Stansell.

Paula has done yeoman’s service volunteering in Sugar Land. Her credentials are above reproach.

On the other hand, Charlie promised us he would only serve three terms at the most. He’s been there six terms.

I supported Charlie when he first ran, but like many politicians, he disappointed me the first rattle out of the box. Charlie went around and tried to get real estate developers to put him on a “retainer” to help them in Austin. (Charlie is only conservative when it doesn’t involve HIS pocketbook.)

I called Charlie to scream at him that he was ELECTED to help all of us in Austin, including real estate developers in his district. In our conversation, he admitted that he did try to get some clients based on his elected position but said he would stop.

I’ve not heard of anything like that lately, but I suppose he gets his money in campaign contributions from the same segment of the business.

It’s difficult to tell by looking at his campaign filings. Although he is supposed to list the occupation of the person donating to his campaign, he doesn’t. However, I recognized several developer’s names.

I also noticed that he has $255,000 in his campaign account, most of it donated by interests outside Fort Bend County, and he donates little to any local Republican clubs or Republican events.

I also noticed that he took a nice little vacation to Colorado with his campaign account paying his hotel and mileage.

Charlie has never been a friend of public education, preferring to sponsor and pass legislation dealing with home schooling. School voucher proponent James Leininger, the San Antonio multimillionaire, has given Charlie big bucks.

Charlie wrote the “Religious Viewpoints Anti-discrimination Act,” which allows public school students to pray at morning announcements and football games. Every school district in Texas has had to pay big bucks to have their new religious rules vetted by their attorneys. He’s tried to write bills that would give the State Board of Education the power to censor textbooks.

He’s sold his soul to House Speaker Tom Craddick for his campaign money and his appointment as chair of Local & Consent Calendars. This committee has jurisdiction over bills that are local or uncontested, not to be confused with the powerful Committee on Calendars. This was Howard’s first committee chairmanship after six terms in office and he goofed that up, according to Texas Monthly who has awarded Charlie a “Worst Legislator” designation a record three times.

Although he gets an allowance to do so, Charlie has never had a legislative aide to provide constituents service. But close to election when he has opponents, Charlie is everywhere!

It’s time for Charlie to make good on his pre-election promise of term limits.

We are very lucky that we have someone of the caliber of Paula Stansell willing to take on the poorly paid job of state representative. Paula has a master’s degree and works for Houston Community College.

Yes, it’s true.....I’ve had several calls from readers who just can’t believe that Fort Bend Sheriff Milton Wright would not only accept campaign money from a convicted felon who’s daughter was in trouble, but would pal around with him also. They can’t believe this is happening.

Not only is this true, but the facts of the case are readily available on the internet. The man, John Hamilton, served his time in prison, but he still has a record which can be checked on the Harris County and the Fort Bend County official records.

These records were available for the Sheriff also, but either he’s not much of a detective or he wanted the money more.

The fact that he allowed his chief deputy and many of his deputies to work for the man is also unbelievable. And the fact that his chief deputy Craig Brady personally delivered Mr. Hamilton’s daughter to prison speaks volumes about the special treatment afforded to her.

Something that was equally as troubling was the fact that a female jailer was fired because Sheriff Wright and his Chief Deputy Craig Brady were convinced that the jailer had talked to the media.

So a much needed jailer was fired, but deputies who had worked for a felon were allowed to continue their job.

Please remember that the Sheriff has an opponent named Billy Frank Teague. He doesn’t have much campaign cash, but he would be a good sheriff.

 

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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