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Last Call

Commentary will skip the MLB question today.

What does one do when they are listed as contributing to a political campaign when in fact they have not?  It happened to someone I know well.

H-Town political players always like to celebrate our diversity. I mean folks trip all over themselves to shout about diversity. The Houston Police Officers’ Union (HPOU) is a major player. I don’t understand why they have to pull this stuff. See this from the Chron:

Councilman Dwight Boykins on Tuesday accused the Houston Police Officers’ Union of posting a racist tweet that implied Marty Lancton, the president of the Houston Professional Fire Fighters Association, had “mind control” over Boykins.

The dust-up began with a tweet by police union president Joe Gamaldi, who warred with Boykins and the firefighters union throughout the contentious Proposition B pay parity dispute. The firefighters have endorsed Boykins in his bid for mayor, while the police union is backing Mayor Sylvester Turner.

“Literally, the best thing about the current mayoral election is that after its done and @DwightBoykins is clobbered, he will no longer be on council,” Gamaldi tweeted. “He is an outright liar and the only bigger joke than his mayoral campaign is the fact that he is ethics committee chair. #ByeDwight”

The police union’s account then followed with a since-deleted tweet riffing on a scene from the film “Friday.” In the tweet, the police union included a photo of two black men, labeling one of the men “Marty Lancton” and the other “Dwight Boykins.”

“I got mind control over Dwight,” the tweet reads. “When he say shut up – I be quiet… but when he leave, I be talking again.”

Boykins, who is black, said in a statement that he found it “very disturbing to wake up this morning to a racist Tweet … which used language meant to demean my worth as a black man while (exacerbating) some of America’s worse and most egregious racial stereotypes.”

Here is the entire story: https://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/Boykins-calls-Houston-police-union-s-mind-14572366.php.

It must be racist if you had to delete. That’s sad that HPOU has to go that route. Very sad.

There is not much to say about Game 7. Last call, tonight.

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