DAILY COMMENTARY
By Marc Campos




H-Town Mayoral Politics

Mayoral politics in H-Town is getting a lot of run these days. City Controller Annise Parker has an article in today’s Chron. Check it out.

Yesterday’s Chron had an article about how early the H-Town Mayoral political season starts these days. Check it out. It looks like we’re in Spring Training.

Of course, the question Commentary gets nowadays is how come we don’t have a credible Latino running for Mayor? I can’t tell if I’m being asked because I like to promote local Latino politics or because some folks aren’t satisfied with the current field of candidates. Stay tuned!

Tom Daschle, Jessica Simpson and Michael Phelps are all getting some unwanted press. The former U.S. Senate Majority Leader is making The President look bad. Jessica Simpson got some pre Super Bowl game run from The President when he mentioned her weight issues – ouch! I wonder what a presidential diet looks like. The Olympian got his picture taken with a bong shoved down his throat. I wondered if he followed it up with a bag of Oreo cookies.

The Republican National Committee elected a new Chairman Friday but it really doesn’t matter because Rush Limbaugh is calling the shots for the GOP these days. The courage to stand up to Rush is nowhere to be found on the GOP side of the aisle.

Jennifer Hudson aced the National Anthem yesterday. There weren’t that many Super Bowl ads that impressed me. I liked the Pepsi Dylan/will.i.ams spot, the Bud Clydesdale fetching the log and wooing the dancing horse, and the GE Wizard of Oz Scarecrow. The Rocket got misremembered in a go daddy ad.

In Tucson, Arizona, those with Comcast cable that were watching the game got 10 free seconds of porn piped into their living rooms after Larry Fitzgerald’s touchdown. Now that’s what you call an end, err erotic zone celebration.

The Houston Area Latino Summit is still taking shape. An agenda has now been posted. Latinos/Latinas are registering. The moderators are set. All of the presenters are confirmed. Sponsors are signing on. Go to www.camposcommunications.com for information on the Houston Area Latino Summit that will be held from 10 am to 1 pm, Saturday, February 14, 2009 in the Champions Pavilion at Minute Maid Park. Here is what we have so far.


Moderators

• Sylvia Garcia, Harris County Commissioner

• Mario Gallegos, State Senator

• James Rodriguez, Houston City Councilmember


Presenters

• Adrian Garcia, Harris County Sheriff

• Leo Vasquez, Harris County Tax Assessor-Collector

• Dr. Laura Murillo, CEO, Houston Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

• Dr. Stephen Klineberg, Rice University

• Diana Davila, HISD Trustee

• Rick Noriega, Former State Representative

• Jerry Wood, Consultant

• Alberto P. Cardenas, Jr., Attorney at Law – Vinson & Elkins LLP

• Roberto P. Caballero, Attorney at Law – FosterQuan LLP

• Héctor de León, Harris County Clerk’s Office

• Maria Jimenez, Immigrant Activist


Sponsors (To Date)

• Locke Lord Bissell & Liddell LLP

• Taxis Fiesta

• Texas Hispanic Peace Officer’s Association

• Houston Astros

• Janiece Longoria (Port Commissioner, Port of Houston Authority and Board of Regents, University of Texas System)


This is from MLB.com’s Alyson Footer piece on the ‘Stros Winter Caravan stopping by the Lone Star State Capitol last week to plant a “Play Green” tree: “’We have two missions: to be a champion and make a positive difference in the community,’ club owner Drayton McLane said. ‘And the caravan is a great way to extend our community outreach efforts. Today's tree planting at the State Capitol is just one more way we are building on our commitment to the environment through our earth-friendly Play Green program.’

“The caravan participants also mingled with several state politicians during their tour of the Capitol Building, including two friends of the Astros organization -- State Representative Carol Alvarado, formerly a Houston City Councilwoman, and State Representative Ellen Cohen, who for 18 years served as president and CEO of the Houston Area Women's Center, an organization that has benefitted greatly from the Astros' wives charitable events.”

Spring Training is less than two weeks away – yikes!


February 2, 2009 9:00AM


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