Thanks, But No Thanks, On That Endorsement.

City Council At-Large Position 1 candidate Stephen Costello is repudiating an endorsement from a controversial figure, who some view as a conservative  political kingmaker.

Late Sunday, Costello issued a statement through his media spokesperson stating, “Today, some people received a mail piece from Steven Hotze with his endorsements in  the upcoming city runoff elections.  I did not seek this endorsement and I specifically asked not to be endorsed by Mr. Hotze.  I am running to represent all Houstonians and my door at City Hall will be open to everyone.”

The mail piece sent by Dr.  Hotze,   the  leader of  Conservative Republicans of  Texas/ Harris County, is landing in mailboxes in time for the start of  early voting, which begins Monday, November 30th. 

It encourages voters to support Costello over  opponent,  realtor Karen Derr, who is described in the flyer as a “radical liberal, who was endorsed by the gay lesbian political action committee and supporters higher taxes on businesses.”  

Meanwhile,  Costello is praised as a candidate who “supports responsible economic policies that promote development and job creation.”

Hotze also endorsed Gene Locke for Mayor,  Brenda Stardig in District A, Al Hoang in District F, Andrew Burks in the at-large position 2 race, Jack Christie in at-large position 5 and M.J. Khan for city controller.

Unless you follow politics and are familiar with some of  the  behind the scenes players, you are probably asking yourself,  “what’s wrong with getting an  endorsement from Hotze?”

Democrats  argue that  Hotze has a long history of  engaging in race-baiting and  homophobic politics in city of  Houston/Harris County elections.

You can log on to his website and get more information.

While city of  Houston elections are officially non-partisan, all of the candidates have been trying to woo republican and conservative voters.

According to some political observers, conservatives are the only voting bloc that is still undecided in the race for mayor and other seats on the ballot.


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