That’s the question in the race for Harris County District Attorney. Is the current DA, Devon Anderson, bigoted or simply another power hungry politician that will do anything to remain in power?
Prominent Attorney sends a letter to Devon Anderson
Yesterday, a very prominent local attorney sent a letter to Ms. Anderson asking her that question, which a reader sent to me. I reached out to the attorney and asked if I could reprint it. Why did I do that? Because I don’t know if it was meant to be private or not. Sure, I could publish it here but I try to be as fair as possible. As a certain presidential candidate would say, ‘BELIEVE ME’, you would recognize this attorney. If I hear back, I will identify the attorney. For now:
Devon Anderson is not bigoted
Although I don’t personally know Ms. Anderson, from what I have observed, she is not bigoted. After all, she has surrounded herself with members of the Houston gay community. I don’t think it is appropriate to mention all of them but certainly one stands out. That would be Ann Johnson, a very open member of that community and a former political candidate. Ms. Johnson is DA Anderson’s Human Trafficking specialist. And by all accounts, she is very good at what she does. So if Ms. Anderson was a bigot, it is hard to fathom that she would keep Ms. Johnson around.
Devon Anderson is just another desperate politician
Let’s face it. When a politician is forced into a corner, they will do anything to remain in power. And Devon Anderson is a politician. She lost her bench, as Judges say, in the Obama wave of 2008. And clearly she learned a lesson or three from her late husband – burn everything down and leave no reputation intact if you want to win. Which is why she retained her husband’s political consultant, Allen Blakemore and firm. Mr. Blakemore had this to say about Ms. Anderson’s comments:
“Her sexual orientation is not new or newsworthy,” said Allen Blakemore, who works for Anderson’s campaign. “She is married to a woman. She has said so publicly many, many times. This is calling you calling me a white male and me feigning outrage.” (click here to read the article on KHOU.com)
The Blakemore Way
Okay, it isn’t new. True enough. And Blakemore looks to be a white male. His understudy has this to say:
Sara Kinney, a spokeswoman for Anderson’s campaign, said the incumbent’s comments about Ogg’s sexual orientation were being taken “completely taken out of context.” “She was talking about a conservative voter, why they would have problems with Kim Ogg as a district attorney,” Kinney said. “If someone is pro-traditional marriage, they’re going to have a problem with her being a lesbian. … It’s just a statement of facts. I appreciate your attempts to make it something more, but it just isn’t.” (click here to read the article on OutSmartMagazine.com)
That’s really sad Sara. I had such high hopes for you. In another era, Sara might say “if someone is pro-slavery, they’re going to have a problem with her being black”. Or if they don’t like “illegals”, they’re going to have a problem with her being a “Mexican”. Or, dare I say it, if someone doesn’t like women in charge, they’re going to have a problem with her being “female”. Think about it Sara. This is what Blakemore teaches. If you’ve been around Harris County Republican politics, you already know this. Remember when he swooped in at the last minute to try and save Rep. Wayne Smith from certain defeat? Briscoe Cain should have won that race in a landslide but had to sweat out a razor thin victory. He does it because it works. Which is a sad commentary on the Harris County Republican electorate.
Desperate Devon doubles down
So, you’re thinking, by golly, Big Jolly, Devon Anderson said she didn’t mean anything by it and has no problem with the gay community. And I believe her. Which is why I wasn’t surprised when she doubled down on it. Check out the Isiah Factor. This is what Desperate Devon had to say:
What I was saying was that the people, that conservative Republicans are not going to like these things about about them. If you disagree with me about this case, imagine how much you’re gonna disagree with a pro-choice, liberal, lesbian. That’s what I was saying. There was no judgement in what I was saying. It was a fact about her, like, I’m a widow, she’s married to a woman. That’s it.
Nope, no judgement at all. Conservative Republicans are not going to vote for a lesbian, therefore I have to remind them repeatedly that Kim Ogg is a lesbian. After all, the gayz are taking over the world and conservative Republicans know this! Why, I’m just a wee widow doing the Lord’s work!
Hellish prosecutorial abuse
“Nothing has changed in this case. There’s no new witness. There’s not one shred of new evidence. This decision could have been made five days after he was arrested,” Looney said. “This is just hellish prosecutorial abuse.” (click here to read the article on HoustonChronicle.com)
Look folks, I know more than most that it is not popular for a conservative Republican to vote for a Democrat. I get it. But it is past time to change the atmosphere down at the criminal justice center in Harris County. Stop the cronyism. Stop the corruption. Stop the hellish abuse. Let’s make a change at the head of the Harris County District Attorney’s office. I’m going to cast a vote for Kim Ogg for Harris County District Attorney and say NO MORE to the bigoted consultants that think they control Republicans in Harris County.
UPDATE: Letter to Devon Anderson from Randy Schaffer:
I did get permission. And I did tell you that you would know who he was.