It was the spring of 1978. A contested Dem Primary. Dolph Briscoe vs John Hill. Joe Christie vs Bob Krueger. Price Daniel, Jr. vs Mark White. Mickey Leland vs Anthony Hall. Anita Rodeheaver vs somebody. The Harris County Democrats (the liberal organization) were meeting to endorse. A few hundred showed up at a church on South Main. The place was overflowing with Dems - SRO. It took about three hours to cast the first and only vote of the evening - think Rodeheaver beat somebody. Chaos dominated. The meeting was then adjourned. A photo of the crowd appeared on the front page of the newspaper the following morning.
Last night's meeting of the Harris County Democrats (HCD) attracted 31 folks that could vote - a lot of them were candidates and their handlers. Guess liberal Dems were at the yard watching the fish roll the 'Stros.
Also at last night's meeting, one of Laura Salinas' opponents won the HCD endorsement. When the opponent went to the podium to address the group, two of her legislator supporters stood a few feet from her, kind of signaling to the body that a vote against Laura's opponent was a vote against them. When early voting begins next month, we fully expect to see life size cutouts of the two at the polling locations - wearing the opponent's campaign gear.
September 13, 2005, 9:00AM