What the heck is going on with the Houston Chronicle’s editorial board in this years Houston Mayor’s race? It looks like they’ve become an extension of Mayor Annise Parker’s re-election campaign team. And before you dismiss that statement as the ranting of some right-wing nutjob, keep in mind that I supported Parker in her runoff with Gene Locke – she touted that on her website. Plus, I’m not the only one noticing this – check out the takes of two Democratic Party bloggers:
From Marc Campos:
The Chron E-Board spanked Ben Hall again Saturday. I’m thinking the E-Board has their mind made up on who they will endorse in the mayoral contest.
It is just politics. Some supporters of The Mayor held a press conference yesterday to ask Ben Hall to get out of the race because he hasn’t been in H-Town long enough. Ben Hall said he would take it under consideration – NOT REALLY!
I am surprised the Chron E-Board wasn’t a participant at the press conference.
From Nancy Sims:
However, this year’s Houston Mayor’s race has entered into the “absurd” zone. The Houston Chronicle on Sunday editorialized that Ben Hall should back-off from his claims about the Mayor and tone down the rhetoric. It was titled “Guess Who Needs to Stop Attacking?” Click here to read more.
The Mayor’s team keeps talking endlessly about the “negative” campaign that Ben Hall is running. Most of the public has not been privy to much from Mr. Hall except some biographical, introductory political commercials. He has been a broken-record calling for a debate.
In fact, the most negative campaign moves have been visibly presented by the Mayor and her attacks on Mr. Hall’s residency and release of his tax returns. Her campaign has been aggressive in defining Mr. Hall.
Don Hooper picked up on this after the first hit piece on Ben Hall by the Chron E-board:
I woke up on Wednesday morning and read the Houston Chronicle editorial that mockingly suggested debate topics for Ben Hall. After reading the editorial, one would have to believe that Houston’s financial condition is the result of Ben Hall’s previous residency in Piney Point.
The City of Houston is in debt because Annise Parker and other elected officials spend more money than the City of Houston receives in revenue. This is a relatively easy concept to understand and anyone who has looked at Houston’s financials would agree, except for the Houston Chronicle. The numbers are now in the billions in debt. Parker has been in Houston leadership for 16 years: an elected city councilmember for six years, city controller for six years, and mayor for four years. So, as a decision maker for 16 years, Parker has approved 16 city budgets – all included deficit spending.
The Chron’s E-board even undermines the work of their own reporters. Mike Morris did a nice job in this report of outlining the raises that Parker gave her inner circle at the same time she laid off 747 city workers. But the E-board came back two days later saying it was no big deal and attacked Hall for bringing it up.
After reading Morris’ blog post about Parker’s press conference yesterday, then one in which her “diverse” group of supporters called for Hall to step aside and let Parker get about the business of running the city, I’m starting to think that the real problem here is that some uppity black man dared to challenged a lesbian mayor. That’s a no-no for the “diversity” crowd. Former council member Bert Keller’s remarks were quite interesting:
“Business issues and financial issues are the problem that face the city of Houston. As a former councilman, I can also tell you that it’s complicated. I would ask Mr. Hall if he really knows what he doesn’t know,” said Keller. “I think he does not have the acumen to address the problems that are important to the C Club to west Houston, to Republicans and to our tax base.”
See, that uppity black man doesn’t have the “acumen” to run the city. Nevermind that Ben Hall graduated with honors from South Carolina University. Nevermind that Ben Hall has a Master’s degree and a Ph.D. from Duke University. Nevermind that Ben Hall has a law degree from Harvard University. Nevermind that Ben Hall was one of the most successful city attorneys that Houston has had. Nevermind that Ben Hall is an ultra-successful trial attorney.
Nope, none of that matters because a former city councilman says Ben Hall doesn’t have the “acumen” to run the city.
I’m beginning to understand what is happening here.
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