It wasn’t for a lack of trying. We talked to many people about it. It’s just that the qualified people we spoke with were unwilling or unable to run. It was important to me and members of the executive committee that our candidate be qualified for the job, not someone we drafted just so we could have a name on the ballot.
It seems a bit unfair, I know, but the Republicans wound up with three candidates. On the other hand, it could be a tough slog for them … they’re sure to have a runoff — in June! — and it could get ugly before it’s over.
I’m not saying a Democrat would be a shoe-in but, if it does get nasty, Milam County voters would likely be pretty tired of that sort of thing come November. All a qualified Democratic candidate would have to do to be competitive is shake a lot of hands, kiss a lot of babies and run a good clean race.
And, now that I’ve seen a little of how the GOPers intend to campaign for the office, I really do wish a qualified candidate would step up. I mean, have you seen the yard signs these guys have put up?
David, the incumbent says that he is the “conservative Republican candidate,” which, you have to admit, is pretty funny coming from a fella who ran as a Democrat, was elected as a Democrat and was a still a Democrat a few months ago. I’ll allow as how he was a “conservative” Democrat but to get from there to “conservative Republican” is quite a leap.
Greg wants us to return to “traditional law enforcement,” whatever that is. No offense but no one has ever regarded “traditional law enforcement,” as practiced in rural Texas, enlightened public policy. Unless you’re white. Granted, old time, rough and ready law enforcement seemed pretty effective, and I guess its simplistic nature and lack of subtle shadings appeals to certain people, but it was also often brutal. And lacked justice. So, if he wins, we expect a return to interrogations held in back rooms accompanied by bright lights and rubber hoses, and arrests made for driving while black (or brown — or liberal).
But, what’s up with Herbie’s yard signs? Herbie, kneeling behind a pack of snarling German Shepherds? Really? I guess he loves his dogs — I get that — and they may be positively adorable, but in what universe is it a good idea to feature animals known mostly as vicious guard dogs as central to your message of community-minded law enforcement? Especially if you really need the minority vote for success?
Finally, just so everyone knows, all three of these guys were Democrats not that long ago. So, when they start whipping out their conservative credentials and throw around “Tea Party” buzz words as if they really knew what the words meant, remember that all three of them were Democrats last time around, and two of them ran on the same ticket with Pres. Obama. Just sayin’.
(And, if you are qualified to be Sheriff and interested in running on the Democratic ticket, give me a call. There’s still time.)