A forum was held for the Republican candidates running for Harris County D.A. on Thursday night, sponsored by King Street Patriots and Big Jolly Politics. It was billed as "60 Minutes of Straight Talk" and it surpassed expectations.
Current Harris County D.A. Pat Lykos is running for re-election and she is being challenged in the primary by Judge Mike Anderson. To say that this campaign is nasty would be an understatement. Frankly, even those who normally don't pay much attention to local and county politics have noticed. My husband is one of those people. As I was leaving for the event, I reminded him where I would be and he said, "Oh, that's an ugly race". Yes. Yes, it is.
Retired State District Judge Anderson announced his challenge of Lykos and the negative campaign began. He seems to think the compelling issue of the campaign is office morale in the D.A.'s office. This goes back to the good old boys and their desire to reinstate the frat house atmosphere that Lykos cleaned up as she took office. The days of booze and back slapping good old boys are over at the D.A.'s office and for some, it is a bitter pill to swallow.
Lykos is building an independent crime lab, as she pledged to do. For those wanting to profit from a crime lab at an out of county location or with private groups, this means they will not ride the taxpayer's gravy train. That is not going down so well. The crime lab will be located in the Medical Center area and will be utilize state of the art technology. Especially in the area of DNA evidence, the medical community and the judicial community will jointly benefit from Lykos' community commitment. Signed, sealed and delivered.
Follow the money. Police officers who are not booking people for trace amounts of drugs, so scant that no evidence for trial would be remaining after the testing procedure of the alleged drugs, are not using 3 or 4 hours off the beat and racking up taxpayer funded overtime checks.
Lykos is recognized statewide for her innovative programs and her strong law and order manner. The good old boys must not appreciate a professional in office, demanding that the hours of law enforcement be used responsibly. While her opponent openly mocked Lykos' concern of overcrowded jails, claiming it was fine with him to have them stacked on top of each other, Lykos has allowed the judicial community to concentrate on more serious crimes like robbery, murder and human trafficking.
Five former U.S. Attorneys have endorsed Pat Lykos for Harris County D.A.
The "runaway jury" controversy? It was a slanderous and wrong-headed attack on Lykos by her opponents. It was Lykos who invited the federal agents into the situation to investigate, despite what the folks spreading the lies would have you believe. Everything that was alleged by the person investigated in the DWI case was proven false by the federal authorities. The DWI lawyer was shown to be manipulating the jury and denied the D.A.'s office standard access to the jury. As far as taking photos of the jury? If you have ever had the opportunity to serve on a Grand Jury, you know that the first action is to take your picture after you are chosen. It is also used for your id badge.
Maybe the complainer believes in other tin foil hat conspiracies, too.
It is unusual for a Republican vs Republican race to be so ugly. Shame on the other campaign. When you have nothing else to offer the voter, maybe all that can be used is phony and negative attacks on the opponent.
This office was an embarrassment to the citizens of Harris County before Lykos was elected and instigated the clean up. Maybe her opponent, who boasts of having the support of the very crowd who produced the former atmosphere, would just like to return to the days of not having a strong, competent, innovative, successful woman in charge. No doubt the whining about "low morale" by the liberals and those hoping to go back to the good old boys ways are hoping to defeat Lykos.
That would not be in the best interests of Harris County.
As Lykos says, as she points out her office's success in combating human trafficking and the fact that the border is not secured, that there are two specific duties of government: "to maintain law and order internally and to protect our borders.
I endorse Pat Lykos for Harris County District Attorney.