By Marc Campos

Heating Up, Precinct Conventions, Lunch Money, Get A Roof

A few days ago I mentioned that things were kind of quiet in Demsville - not anymore. Yesterday, the State Dem Chair said April 22 would be his last day in office and that the State Democratic Executive Committee (SDEC) would elect a new State Chair on 4/22. This didn't sit too well with one of the announced candidates for State Chair - the fella from Austin and my high school classmate. He thinks the fix is in and a few 'ol folks will pick the next Chair. He wants the delegates to make the decision at the State Dem Convention in Fort Worth this June.

Daily Commentary must admit that when I first learned yesterday that the State Dem Chair was stepping down early, I kind of had the feeling that "a fix" was in the works. Well, regardless of how things turn out, this mess could have easily been avoided. Call it arrogance, laziness, or stupidity - or how about lack of leadership. Commentary is planning to be a state delegate but I don't have a dog in this hunt - yet - I have previously laid out some ideas. I do know the fella from Austin and know that he knows something about organizing and running campaigns. Up until a couple of months ago, I'd never heard of the other fella that is running for State Dem Chair - don't know what he looks like, don't know where he is from, don't know his experience, don't know his qualifications, don't know if he knows Latino 'hoods in Harris County, and don't know if he has a record of working with people of color.

Beware of State Dem Chair candidates that are supported by "party insiders," - they haven't served up anything tasty lately. Tsk, tsk, tsk. You would think that Dems could get their act together - right? Who is listening to who, and who's providing guidance?

A Dem sent me a note saying they had eight folks at their precinct convention - good for them.

The Chron listed the salaries of the top 30 school superintendents in the Houston area. HISD's Abe is numero uno, but guess what, looks like he's the only Latino school superintendent in the Houston area - not good.

San Antonio - Bexar County leaders are trying to land the Fish, errrr, Florida Marlins of Major League Baseball. They have a plan to come up with $200 million for a proposed $300 million stadium - no retractable roof like we have here at Minute Maid. SA fellas, you need a roof and AC - it gets hot in Texas in the summertime. $300 million also won't you get you much in terms of a state of the art crib.

March 15, 2006, 9:00AM

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