Spent most of yesterday attending State Representative Joe E. Moreno's funeral services. Lot of folks showed up to pay their respects including Governor Rick Perry, Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst, Houston Mayor Bill White, Kemah Mayor Bill King, and Senate District 6 Democratic Caucus Chair Tony Campos - Commentary's Dad.
Houston State Representative Jessica Farrar and Father Bill Davis did a real good job remembering Joe.
Joe was buried at the Texas State Cemetery. My old buddy and former colleague from the Governor Mark White days, Harry Bradley, runs the cemetery. Harry also did a nice job.
Over the past few days, Joe Moreno's history, accomplishments and personality have been discussed and printed. We've learned a lot about Joe. He was well liked by his fellow legislators. He was stylish. He cared about his constituents.
Like most good political stories there is an end and there is a beginning. We pretty much know the ending to Joe's story. The beginning?
Former State Representative Al Luna (D - Houston) gave Joe his first political job. Al hired Joe during his last term in office. Joe was from Denver Harbor, Al's old neighborhood. Joe worked in Al's State Capitol office. That's when Joe caught the bug.
Al Luna was also at the funeral. Thanks Al.
FYI: Al Luna is Commentary's best friend.
May 11, 2005, 9:00AM