Archive for December 26th, 2019

Constable Shenanigans

What is up with the shenanigans involving the office of Harris County Constable, Precinct 2? See this from the Chron:

Nearly a dozen former employees and high-ranking officials are suing Precinct 2 Constable Chris Diaz, alleging that the elected Harris County lawman required deputies and command staff to help with his reelection campaign and retaliated against them with demotions and terminations if they refused.

The wide-ranging accusations in the 33-page federal suit paint a picture of a troubled office, where campaign donors were allegedly given preference in promotions, and anyone who cooperated with state investigators could expect to be punished.

“He’s just running Precinct 2 like it was his own campaign,” said attorney Scott Poerschke, who is representing the former employees. “He’s conditioning employment upon service of his campaign and any time that is challenged in any way, then those employees are retaliated against.”

Here is the entire article: https://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/Precinct-2-constable-sued-over-campaign-practices-14930537.php.

Then there was this from last week’s Chron:

Other than running for Harris County Precinct 2 constable and sharing a name with the late Grateful Dead guitarist, Jerry Garcia and Jerry Garcia have little in common.

Garcia No. 1 is a career law enforcement officer, currently a lieutenant in a neighboring constable’s office. He holds regular campaign events and has collected political contributions throughout the year.

Garcia No. 2 works at a vessel repair business on the Houston Ship Channel and has no law enforcement experience. He has never run for office and there is no evidence he is actively campaigning.

The second Jerry Garcia, however, does have something in common with incumbent Constable Chris Diaz, who is seeking re-election. He is a cousin of Diaz’s wife, Ana Diaz.

Lt. Garcia suspects the cousin, who filed to be on the ballot hours before the Dec. 9 deadline, is only in the race to confuse voters in the March primary, allowing Diaz to cruise to victory.

“I honestly think he knows he cannot beat me on merit, on leadership and on experience,” Garcia said. “So, I believe he’s resorted to these tactics to try to deceive the voters.”

Diaz said he did not encourage his wife’s cousin to enter the race.

“I tried to talk him out of it,” Diaz said. “I guess anybody can run for the seat.”

Here is the entire article: https://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/With-two-Jerry-Garcias-in-Harris-County-constable-14922524.php.

I don’t even know where to begin on these two stories. A sigh is certainly appropriate. None of the above appears to pass the smell test.

The Chron E-Board has a lengthy take today on the state takeover of HISD. Here it is: https://www.houstonchronicle.com/opinion/editorials/article/HISD-in-crisis-Looming-state-takeover-presents-14929858.php.

It is going to happen. I wonder what the Board of Managers will look like?

Well I got a couple of Beatles wall calendars, Beatles Christmas ornaments, a Saint Arnold T-shirt, a Netflex card – so I guess I am going to meet Netflex, socks, sweaters, a cool Astrodome poster and frame, some cool pint glasses that have The Yard mapped on them, and some other cool stuff. How was yours?

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