DAILY COMMENTARY
By Marc Campos




The Eighteenth Strikes Back, Part II!

Here’s what the Working Man Hero had to day: “Give it up Marc! Sheila Jackson Lee is a friend of all working people and the Harris County AFL-CIO Council. Sheila has stood up for us and the working community time and time again. I was there at the SD 15 Convention when Sheila was booed. Only Senator John Whitmire stood up for her. Shame on the other elected officials who were there and did not stand up for Sheila. All of us have a friend in Sheila Jackson Lee - period. I wonder who is jockeying behind the scenes with this attack?”

(Oh yeah, well I’ll have more on this tomorrow.)

Here’s one from MC: “I think you've missed the boat on Congressman Lee. she was my Congressman until redistricting. I'm one of those Anglos who will happily campaign for Ms Lee in any and all campaigns. I will recruit my friends neighbors and bums off the street to walk blocks register voters - you name it. She has faithfully nd effectively served her district and her constituents. If her work for her district is repaid by a primary challenger - then shame on them.”

(I wonder how she likes being called a Congressman?)

Here’s what a School Board member had to say: “Hi Friend. I DON'T KNOW WHO ARE SPREADING WORDS THAT OUR CONGRESSWOMAN JACKSON-LEE IS LOSING SUPPORT. MANY IN THE NORTHEAST HOUSTON SUPPORT HER NOW AND ALSO IF SHE RUN AGAIN FOR REELECTION. NOW, I ADMIT SOME PEOPLE WERE UPSET BECAUSE SHE SUPPORTED HILLIARY, AND MANY DO NOT HOLD THAT AGAINST HER. SHE ALWAYS STAND UP FOR LOCAL ISSUES THAT AFFECTS OUR COMMUNITIES, REGARDLESS OF HOW ADVERSE THE ISSUES MAY BE, WHILE OTHERS ARE STANDING ON THE SIDELINE SAYING NOTHING.”

On the issue of booing, it is an expression of free speech that has become as American as well, hot dog eating contests. We need to be real careful about chastising those that boo. Hey, a lot of new folks came out and participated at the Dem conventions last March, I’m for one am not going to tell them they can’t boo or cheer their elected officials. Elected officials are also big boys and big girls. Good for The Dean that he stood up and grabbed the mike and asked folks to let Cong. Jackson Lee to speak. I don’t think less of the other elected officials that sat there and watched. A crime wasn’t being committed so there was no need to render aid. I’m betting that when A-Roid goes to Fenway and is booed, I don’t think you’ll see Jeter, C.C., Mauriano, or Damon get out of the dugout and stand up for A-Roid.

The other thing is where do folks get this thing that it is an attack or even mild criticism of Cong. Jackson Lee. It was just relaying that there are some CD 18 constituents that would probably prefer someone else. That could be said for just about every Dem elected official in Harris County with the exception of maybe CMs Jolanda and Melissa, State Rep Alvarado, James, and The Dean of course.

One thing is for sure though. It looks like I discovered, errr stumbled onto a very sensitive political subject with some local Dems.

Yolanda Navarro Flores had her first campaign event last night in District H and it was well attended. I finally got to meet Olga Moya the retired HISD educator who was a SD 7 National Delegate for Hillary Clinton last summer. Olga is big supporter of Yolanda and also a huge ‘Stros fan.

H-Town CM Peter Brown launches his mayoral bid today. Commentary thinks that Peter will probably run the more untraditional campaign. He has the potential to stake out positions that challenge the status quo which could make things very interesting.

The Greater Houston Partnership wants the HISD Superintendent search to be open and transparent. Check out today’s Chron. HISD Trustee Manuel Rodriguez disagrees. Commentary is inclined to support an open process – why not? Let’s have us an open debate on who should lead our schools.

Commentary got a chance to listen to some of the ‘Stros game yesterday as Roy O. goes today against the ATL.


February 26, 2009 9:00AM


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