Roland Garcia Resigns From Sports Authority To Back Annise Parker

Houston Attorney Roland Garcia  has resigned from the Harris County – Houston Sports Authority Board of  Directors to join the Annise Parker for Mayor Campaign as a Senior Advisor and member of her finance team. 

In a statement sent to reporters, Garcia essentially said  the runoff  election between Parker and Houston Attorney Gene Locke is to important for him to stay on the sidelines.

City ordinance prohibits a member of the Sports Authority Board from raising funds for a candidate.

Garcia, of the Greenberg Traurig Law Firm, has been a Parker supporter since day one of the campaign, but the timing of his resignation is drawing criticism from the Locke campaign.

“This sounds like nothing more than a political stunt.  I guess the Parker campaign is wasting no time letting Houston know the kind of campaign they will run,” said Kim Devlin, the spokesperson for Locke’s campaign.

So what’s the history between Garcia and Locke?

Gene Locke’s law firm,  Andrews Kurth, is  the legal counsel for the Sports Authority.  The city’s major sports stadiums were built and continue to be managed by the Houston Sports Authority.

Garcia’s resignation comes at a time when the sports authority may need a multi – million dollar taxpayer bailout to help rescue a stadium bond deal.

Now that he’s off the board, Garcia isn’t wasting any time in helping Parker get ahead in the campaign. 

 He is hosting a fundraiser for her at his home next week.

“Annise is the most qualified candidate to be Mayor of Houston and has more experience in city government than  all of her opponents combined,” said Garcia in a letter sent to potential campaign donors.

One Response

  1. […] is already beating the drum for Parker, and there’s a fundraiser hosted by Roland Garcia, who resigned from the Sports Authority to back Parker, on Tuesday. I’m sure Locke will have similar stuff going on, though word of it has not hit […]

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