Friday, July 29, 2011
Mr. Greanias made a mistake. It was stupid to view pornography while in his office, and he is certainly paying the price of public embarrassment and humiliation in addition to the loss of a week's pay. But it was not illegal and it did not involve any loss of public funds -- there is no marginal cost to access an internal wireless access point or intranet.
METRO Chairman Garcia and Mr. Greanias are to be commended in the way they forthrightly handled the matter. The cardinal rule of politics is it is not the act that gets you, it is the cover up. When confronted with the evidence by his IT department, Greanias instructed them to take it to the Chairman of the Board. Similarly the Chairman and the Board addressed it in a forthright and transparent manner.
People make mistakes. Mr. Greanias made a grievous one. But, it does not wipe out the excellent job that he has done leading METRO or his lifetime of public service. He deserves a second chance, and in my political judgment he will get it.
Monday, July 25, 2011
Monday, July 18, 2011
- SD 5 (Ogden) -- Rep. Charles Schwertner and Rep. Larry Gonzales are each making calls for support in the event Sen. Ogden retires, as is former Rep. Dan Gattis. At this point, I would give the edge to Schwertner.
- SD 8 (Shapiro) -- Sen. Shapiro is likely to retire, and Rep. Ken Paxton appears to have the inside track to replace her.
- SD 10 (Davis) -- Sen. Davis may or may not run in this seat, but redistricting has made it a Republican seat. Rep. Kelly Hancock appears to have the lead to replace her, although Rep. Mark Shelton and Rep. Vicki Truitt are also considering the race.
- SD 11 (Jackson) -- Sen. Jackson is moving ever closer to deciding to run for CD 36. If he does, Rep. Larry Taylor will run for the Senate as may former Rep. Robert Talton. This would be the premier bout on the Texans for Lawsuit Reform vs. Texas Trial Lawyers Association/Steve Mostyn 2012 fight card. Taylor is the frontrunner.
- SD 25 (Wentworth) -- I continue to believe that Sen. Wentworth will not seek reelection. If he does, expect TLR to go all out to defeat him in the primary.
Two other primary challenges are on the horizon.
- SD 6 (Gallegos) -- Former Harris County Commissioner Sylvia Garcia is quietly mulling whether to run against Sen. Mario Gallegos, although no decision has been made or is necessarily imminent. Garcia reported $751,601 cash on hand as of June 30; Gallegos reported $71,190 cash on hand. They both use Robert Jara has their consultant, so it will be interesting to watch this unfold.
- SD 9 (Harris) -- If Sen. Harris seeks reelection, TLR intends to defeat him the primary.
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Friday, July 1, 2011
I, too, am adjourning. Unlike the Legislature, I will resume blogging on July 18. There is an additional Senate retirement to report and two brewing Senate primary races.
Have a great, safe and happy 4th of July!