Thursday, January 3, 2008

Harris County GOP- We Have a Problem.....

It all started with a lawsuit brought against the Harris County Sheriff's Department. During the proceedings some personal emails between District Attorney Chuck Rosenthal and his executive secretary surfaced. It was revealed that Rosenthal had an affair with the woman around 20 years ago when he was married to his first wife. Rosenthal asked the rest of the emails be sealed, and they were. However the damage was already done. The Harris County Republican Party felt the public fallout would keep Rosenthal from getting re-elected next year and they asked him to pull out of the race. Initially he refused. Now, he is changing his mind and complying and a rush of candidates are trying to get their name on the ballot to run. The way I see it, this is a shining example of politics at its best. The initial revelation of the personal emails was a personal jab at Rosenthal to publicly humiliate him. Since the original issue was the lawsuit against the Sheriff's Department, what did those emails have to do with it? Absolutely nothing! It was a former associate of Democratic DA candidate Clarence Bradford (former chief of the Houston Police Department) who started the whole thing. His name is Lloyed Kelley and he has quite a reputation. The stunt worked and now there is going to be an interesting race for the District Attorney's office. It's not that I had much faith in Rosenthal anyhow. However I don't really have much faith in Bradford because of his cozy history with former Mayor Lee Brown and how he got to where he is now. I'm wary of assistant DA's because many of them seem to think more like defense attorneys let a lot of people who deserve to stand trial for their actions stay out on the streets. All we can do is stand back and watch.

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