Commentary was surprised to learn that serving as a local school board member in Texas was considered holding a 'lucrative office." Huh? At least that's what the State GOP says. An Amarillo school board member filed to run against an incumbent GOP state legislator but she got kicked off the ballot by the State GOP Chair. The State GOP says the Texas Constitution says you can't run for the legislature if you hold a "lucrative office." State law says you can't pay school board members a salary, so where does the "lucrative" come into play. Don't even bother scratching your heads on this one, it is just another plain crass move to keep voters from making an intelligent decision.
Speaking of choice, a dozen pro-choice female activists came out in support of Chris Bell yesterday and kind of ripped Bob Gammage. Seems like old Bob had some not so good votes on this issue while he was a member of congress. Bell's wife serves a board member of the Planned Parenthood of Houston and Southeast Texas Action Fund. Commentary serves on the same board.
January 12, 2006 9:00AM