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More on Endorsements

Remember when I put out this yesterday:

District H candidate Roland Chavez received the Houston GLBT Caucus endorsement.

Here is a question from the Houston GLBT Questionnaire:

Should you receive an endorsement from an organization or person who is recognized as being anti-LGBT, what will be your response?

Chavez took $500 from the Kubosh family. District H candidate Jason Cisneroz called out Chavez on accepting the $500.

Chavez said he will return the donation. Maybe Chavez thought accepting the bucks wasn’t an “endorsement.”

I really don’t think Chavez made the connection like Jason did which ought to tell you something about political astuteness.

Here is a question from the Houston Stonewall Young Democrats questionnaire:

Should you receive the endorsement of an individual or organizations that has publicly opposed LGBT equality, how would your campaign address it?

Stonewall Young Dems last night held Roland Chavez accountable. The “integrity” word was mentioned. It looked like some folks were trying to protect the GLBT Saturday endorsement of Chavez but it didn’t work.

This NL team has made 20 World Serious appearances – most in the NL, name the club?

I guess Stonewall Young Dems endorsed Steve Costello. I had to leave. Here is rom CEWDEM:

I received the following communication during the night regarding the endorsement process of a Democratic Party sanctioned club. Interesting questions, if factual, are raised here. I was not at the meeting and all I know is my personal experience and knowledge of the President, James Lee, to all.who I have always found to be of the highest character and ethical standards.. Maybe he cold answer the questions or someone associated with the group would care to. I know in some organizations, the President has absolutely nothing to do with endorsements and it is turned over to a committee or an individual to handle, so maybe that person or members of the committee would like to speak to these questions. From first hand knowledge I know how difficult the entire process is and how hard the dedicated volunteers who take it on work. As an answer, I would think that to be credible, any appearance of lack of fairness negates the hard work of the body. In many years of activity I have always found folks involved in this have enough self pride as to appear to be fair I also can only say that many folks say Municipal elections are non-partisan – if so, we sure have fought long and hard to make sure as Democrats we have a Democratic Mayor and at least for the last six years with Annise Parker we had someone who sang it from the rooftop and governed as nothing but a Democrat. Anyhow, just throwing this out for people to think about. Think about it.

Here is what CEWDEM received:


Thank you very much for your continuing efforts to grow the populist message and cause in these parts. I was hoping you could help me out with a couple of questions. How is it that a Democratic group, Stonewall Young Democrats, can issue and endorsement for Mayor to an avowed Republican, Stephen Costello? I thought Democrats were supposed to support Democrats as I know no Republican group would ever endorse, let alone invite, a Democrat to one of their political endorsements. If I am not mistaken, even after Annise Parker and Ronald Green were elected, neither werwere allowed to speak before the Grand Poobah of the Republican Party, the Harris County Pachyderm Club. Just wondering. This character might be a nice guy and a friend to someone, but he takes great pride in announcing he is a member of the Harris County GOP Finance Council plus, his campaign consultant is a former aide to Joe Roach and Bruce Tatro not to mention acting as general consultant to the horrible pig castrating, now Senator from Iowa, Jonni Ernst. Again, I wonder what rationale can be used for Democrats to support someone like Stephen Costello?

I suppose I should not be surprised in this action from a group whose Secretary is working for one of the candidates for office and participated on the screening panel. I was told that she excused herself for the particular race, but had custody of questionnaires filled out by candidates which outlined their strategy for their campaigns which in itself brings up a question of integrity, not to mention I was told that she was strategizing while votes by the body were taking place.

Just a couple of questionable activities that put a dark cloud over a Democratic group. Don’t know if you have any answers or if you would be willing to venture a personal opinion.

Commentary has an answer. Rather than question the Stonewall Young Dems, why don’t you ask the Rep. Sylvester Turner and other campaigns how they let this one get away.

Rick Perry stopped paying his campaign staff. I wonder what the over-under is on when he will fold.

The Giants have played in the World Serious 20 times of course.

We are in San Fran for two and hold a one game lead. It is gut check time if you ask me.

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In Teddy Schleifer’s piece about the H-Town Mayor considering running for a higher office he mentioned that the Mayor might endorse a candidate in the upcoming Mayoral contest. Don’t expect an endorsement anytime soon though. Here are a couple of lines from Teddy’s piece:

Mayor Annise Parker left open the idea on Sunday that she would endorse one of the dozen candidates positioning to possibly succeed her, though she said she hoped to avoid doing that early in the race.

“I don’t know that I will endorse. I will stay out of it as long as I can possibly do that,” Parker said in an interview on KPRC’s “Newsmakers” on Sunday morning. “I cannot get involved in the campaigns.

For City Hall observers, it is going to be interesting to see if the Mayor can exercise patience during the race to succeed her. Over the next few months a few of her accomplishments, policies, and positions will surely be discussed, praised, scrutinized, criticized, and even lambasted. Will she just ignore the campaign rhetoric and babble or regularly weigh in?

Council Members Stephen Costello and Oliver Pennington are expected to make the race so I don’t see the Mayor endorsing either of them before a runoff because an endorsement would p-__-off some in the Mayor’s base – hard core Dems.

I would not expect her to endorse any of the non-Council Members anytime soon. She couldn’t afford to stick a knife into the back of her Budget Committee Chair – Costello – as the budget process approaches. An endorsement of a non-Council Member would also create a bit of unneeded friction and opposition from CMs Costello and Pennington on remaining projects that the Mayor might want to get though Council in her last year in office.

A Mayoral endorsement doesn’t come without a price for the so-called lucky endorsee. All the folks that don’t like the Mayor could get fired up and come out and oppose the Mayor’s endorsed candidate. Remember, the best the Mayor has ever scored in her three Mayoral runs is 57.22% of the vote.

There is also a downside to the Mayor coming out and endorsing a candidate. If the Mayor’s candidate loses, the Mayor’s legacy is somewhat tarnished on her way out office and you never want to leave office with your last political act being rejected by the voters.

So all in all, I don’t expect a Mayoral endorsement being a part of the Mayoral campaign landscape until maybe after November 3.

When B-G-O gets a call from the Hall this afternoon, he will be the first to make the MLB Hall of Fame from the MLB Draft Class of what year?

This is going to be a great day in H-Town history. At 1 pm today I will be watching the MLB network. I have got nothing but great karma in place right now as I am wearing my Baseball Hall of Fame pullover.

B-G-O will be the first MLB Hall of Fame member from the 1987 MLB Draft Class of course.

I am sure all the local media will be parked in front of the B-G-O statue at The Yard today.

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Commentary tweeted this last night:

Marc Campos @MarcCommentary • 11h 11 hours ago
Just heard a H-Town mayoral candidate is conducting a survey tonight. #HouNews #Election2015

Commentary learned last night that in the week before Christmas a Mayoral candidate was conducting a survey of H-Town voters.

In the horse race they included the Harris County Sheriff, Ben Hall, Bill King, Council Members Oliver Pennington and Stephen Costello, State Rep. Sylvester Turner, and Chris Bell.

Some of the stuff they asked about are what qualities do you want in your next Mayor: Lifelong Houstonian, knows about pensions, worked on a gang task force, and experience in growing the economy.

Apparently, the interviewer revealed that pensions and roads/transportation were getting the most love from the voters that were participating in the survey.

I sure hope the following from H-Town City Hall is just a failure in communications. It is about the Valero deal and Council Member Robert Gallegos claiming the Mayor threw him under the bus. This isn’t characteristic of the Mayor. Here is a bit from the Chron:

(THIS IS FROM CHRON.COM) Asked about community concerns, Mayor Annise Parker quickly noted that Valero informed Gallegos of the deal months ago.

(THIS IS FROM TODAY’S HARD COPY) Asked about community concerns, Mayor Annise Parker promptly – as Gallegos put it – threw the councilman under the bus.

“Valero contacted the district council member in August, they met with the district council member in September, they met with the district council member in October. I do not know why the district council member chose not to hold public meetings,” she said. “The idea that it was completely under the radar is not accurate.”

Gallegos said after the meeting that he was “disappointed” in the mayor’s comments, noting Icken’s staff had been negotiating the deal for a year and a half, long before he joined the council last January. Gallegos said he did not organize community meetings because Valero officials assured him they had cleared their plans with neighbors.

“I asked had they gone out to the community and notified the community, and they said yes,” Gallegos said. “That’s what brought my concern, is that according to the individuals that came to public session yesterday, they said they were not aware of this.”

I would actually say she threw him under the bus and then ran over him – OUCH!

Name the first Black Cuban to play in MLB?

Just when I mentioned things were slowing down the week before Christmas Eve the President went out and announced he was moving to normalize relations with Cuba. It is about time!

Here is how the Chron E-Board led off today’s take:

President Barack Obama’s dramatic, potentially historic move to end America’s half-century-old stalemate with Cuba is both wise and welcome, and we hope it ends with a lifting of the long-standing U.S. trade embargo against the island and full normalization of relations between the old Cold War foes.

Here is the entire Chron take: http://www.chron.com/opinion/editorials/article/A-historic-shift-5964187.php.

You have to figure the issue will get some major run in the 2016 GOP presidential primaries. Here is from Reuters:

Former Florida Governor – and potential 2016 Republican presidential candidate – Jeb Bush was cited by USA Today as saying, “I don’t think we should be negotiating with a repressive regime to make changes in our relationship.”

Although a growing number of U.S. lawmakers favor more normal ties, those lawmakers are still mostly Democrats, and after big midterm election gains in November, Republicans will control both houses of Congress in the new year.

Senator Marco Rubio, a Cuban American Republican, said he would use his role as incoming chairman of a key Senate Foreign Relations Committee to try to block the plan and was committed to doing all he could to “unravel” it.


Americans are largely open to establishing diplomatic relations with the Cuban government, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll of more than 31,000 adults conducted between July and October.

Around one-fifth said they opposed such a move, while 43 percent said the United States should restore relations with Cuba and around 37 percent said they were unsure.

This will certainly be part of the President’s legacy. What a gutsy move! Nice job!

On a related note, Commentary is interested in how this might impact MLB.

I don’t know what to say about North Korea getting into the movie critic business. I am just absolutely stunned that a Seth Rogen flick nearly shut down our nation’s movie theaters.

I tweeted this last night:

Marc Campos @MarcCommentary • 13h 13 hours ago
How about a #WhiteHouse screeing of #TheInterview?

Of course, that is not going to happen.

In 1949, Minnie Minoso of course became the first Black Cuban in MLB when he took the field with Cleveland.

The ‘Stros said they will continue to be on 790 AM.

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