Oh, for a qualified candidate …

Like many of you, I’m a bit dismayed that we were unable to find a qualified candidate to run in the Democratic Primary for Milam County Sheriff.

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.)

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About Richard Stone

... is a husband, a father, a writer, a journalist, an activist, an avid reader of trash science fiction and an occasional folk/bluegrass guitar player. He loves to travel, UT sports, community theater and sharing a good bottle of wine with good friends.
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7 Responses to Oh, for a qualified candidate …

  1. don smith says:

    Facts are facts and parts are parts, chicken is chicken and that other stuff may taste like chicken to some folk but it’s not. So what is it? If you were a Republican, could you really vote for one of these guys, knowing they may flip again in four years? Not that you are, I’m just thinking….would you…could you…?

  2. John says:

    You went too far Mr. Stone. You are trying to put the big party talking points on local candidates that most people know. I am no fan of Greg Kouba, but for you to make innuendos that if elected “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).” is just outlandish. Greg has plenty of baggage without you trying to make up a racism story. I am so tired of the left screaming racism. It’s beginning to sound like the little boy who cried wolf.
    … don’t worry, just let the Republicans run things for a few years and the pendulum will swing back your way.

    • don smith says:

      “Big Party Talking,” so why did they jump tickets? Did they have an epiphany or something? Just riding on the tail of the early horse in a race is what it is. I myself will be looking for a fast closer to win. Who will have egg on their face then?

    • John, you seem a little touchy about this. I didn’t call anyone a racist — and I most certainly did not “scream” racism. I simply posited how others might define Greg’s position of returning us to “traditional law enforcement,” and, frankly, wonder what that really means.

      • John Summers says:

        From my view point, Traditional law enforcement for Greg Kouba means those that know him will get breaks. That has been a tradition he has long been known for. You did not call him racist, but it looks like you were leading your readers to believe he was by suggesting that he would pull someone over for driving while black or brown. Now by reading your last comment, I think you were insinuating that that pulling over black or brown drivers is something that was traditionally done.

  3. Stacey says:

    As a person who is not from Milam County and has moved here, I can see where your frustrations are. However, trying to play the racism card is taking it a bit too far. Don’t you feel that gets over used for just about everything. I don’t know any of the candidates personally and really don’t consider myself apart of any specific political party. I do, however, see a community in need of someone that not only is qualified, but cares for it. Not one who will only look out for their best interest, which unfortunatly seems to be a problem within this community. I have also seen local, state, and federal republican and democrat members makes plenty of bad calls and what I feel as mistakes. I voted for Obama! Do I regret it? YES! I don’t think he is doing as good of a job as he said he was going to do. Does that mean I’ll never vote Democrat again? No. Regarless of political party each person is human and makes mistakes. I say forget which one they are, and just vote for the one that will help lift this community up. That’s what we need to focus on.

    • Stacy, please see my response to John’s comments. I never called anyone a racist — and everyone I’ve talked to about this agrees. In fact, many believe I was too generous with my description. It appears that a lot of people out there are hyper-sensitive about charges of racism. Perhaps they protest too much.

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