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180th Game

When was the last time a team won Game 7 of a World Serious at their opponent’s crib?

How many of you voters of the Houston Independent School District (HISD) are comfortable with Washington D.C. based groups having by far the overwhelmingly most influence in this year’s HISD elections?

Remember when Commentary said this last Friday:

Commentary was at a dinner last night and an observer of HISD asked me about a new PAC called Houston United for Strong Public Schools that has injected itself into the current HISD trustee elections. I saw the other day that Houston United for Strong Public Schools had a post online endorsing one of Gretchen Himsl’s opponents. This was followed by a mailer. FYI: Gretchen is a candidate for HISD Trustee District 1 and she is also Commentary’s client.

I went to the Texas Ethics Commission website and found that the group had just filed in late September. Their address was the same address as the Harris County AFL-CIO. Their treasurer appears to be a member of the Houston Federation of Teachers (HFT). So much for transparency.

This is kind of silly. Everybody knows the HFT is a major player and donor in HISD trustee elections. They have been like forever.   Why the front group? As Dems, shouldn’t we frown upon these kind of silly shenanigans and avoidance of transparency? Kind of scratching my head on this one? Oh, well!

Yesterday, Commentary went back to the Texas Ethics Commission website and found Houston United’s 8-day campaign contribution and expenditure report. They reported an astonishing, err ridiculous $225,000 in contributions – yep, $225,000 – from 2 groups.

$75,000 from AFSCME and $150,000 from American Federation of Teachers Solidarity.

Really? Come on!

Houston United reported spending $115,197.29 in a month.

The beneficiaries of the tens of thousands of dollars spent are HISD Trustees Wanda Adams, Holly Maria Flynn Vilaseca, Anne Sung and District 1 candidate Elizabeth Santos.

Oh yeah, and Prop A, sure.

Commentary has participated in or observed HISD elections like since forever and I have never seen anything like this.

I wonder if our leaders and elected officials are cool with this overwhelming outside influence in our local school board elections? What does it say?

What are these D.C. based groups trying to prove anyway?

Commentary is going to be curious to hear how our local leadership responds to this massive and major intrusion into our local electoral process.

This is ridiculous.

Commentary doesn’t have anything to say about the local story that ran the other day about the championship t-shirts because that is jinx material if you ask Commentary.

Last year, the Cubbies of course beat Cleveland in Game 7 at Progressive.

I had trick-or-treaters up until the top of the 2nd inning last night.

It’s November 1, 2017 and we are playing our 180th and final game of the season so I hope you can understand that I don’t have anything else to say about Game 7 because it has all been said.

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