Behind The Scenes Of The Final Mayoral Debate
December 9, 2009

Three days before the runoff  election, KPRC Local 2 sponsored the final live debate between  Houston mayoral candidates Annise Parker and Gene Locke.

A small group of the  candidates supporters and families members filled the studio, as a panel of  journalists and a representative from the League of  Women Voters asked questions.

It was a great debate. Both candidates are solid, smart, experienced and knowledgable about the issues.

Once the attacks were over and the cameras stopped rolling it was nice to see Parker and Locke let down their guard,  and spend some time with the people whose love and support help strengthen them during the final grueling days of the campaign.

Parker’s daughter was at the debate, along with Gene Locke’s mother who offered a hug to everyone in the studio, including the Parker family.

Locke’s wife and sons also attended the debate,along with Gary Blankinship, president of  the Houston Police Officers Union, and the widows of  two officers who were slain in the line of duty. They are supporting Locke for Mayor.

Parker’s City Hiring Practices Questioned
December 2, 2009

Some  Tejano and African-American Houstonians are questioning Mayoral Candidate Annise Parker’s record of hiring in the city of  Houston controller’s office.

This is the first time this issue has been raised by  the minority community.

During the campaign most of the talk about  diversity  has focused on gay and lesbian issues, and whether mayoral candidate Gene Locke should repudiate the support of those who are waging a distasteful anti-Parker/homophobic campaign.  If   elected, Parker would make history by becoming the first openly gay mayor in the city of  Houston.

Take a look at the release and leave your thoughts:

ANNISE PARKER’S CONTROLLERS OFFICE DOES NOT LOOK LIKE HOUSTON 

Tejano Democrats and HBAD Criticize Parker Hiring Practices

Houston, TX—The Harris County Tejano Democrats (HCTD) and the Houston Black American Democrats (HBAD) today criticized mayoral candidate Annise Parker for her dismal record of hiring minorities in senior level positions in the Office of the City Controller.

A thorough review of the City of Houston Fiscal Year 2010 Budget found that of the ten top-level employees in the controller’s office, 70% are Anglo, while only 10% are Latino, 10% are Asian/Pacific Islander and 10% are African American.

The two organizations of community members also sounded the alarm at the startling discrepancies in salary between Anglo and minority employees in the controller’s office.

The FY 2010 budget found that while the average salary for Anglos in Parker’s office is $80,596, the average salaries for Asian/Pacific Islanders, African Americans and Latinos are respectively, $59,088, $54,086 and $53,980.

“It is unacceptable that in this day and age, a citywide elected official would employ such discriminatory hiring practices,” said Sandra Puente, HCTD Chair. “Annise Parker is not someone we can trust to lead our city. The leadership of her office does not reflect the great diversity of our city.”

Gene Locke, a partner at Andrews Kurth LLP, is the chair of the law firm’s Diversity Committee and received the Texas Diversity Council’s 2007 award for leadership and commitment to diversity. He has led the effort to increase inclusion at Andrews Kurth. Andrews Kurth is one of only two Texas-based law firms to be named one of the top 50 law firms for women in 2008 and 2009. In 2007 Andrews Kurth received an “A” grade for the sixth consecutive year for exceptional minority hiring and recruitment.

“Gene Locke has a stellar record of pro-actively providing opportunities to Houstonians regardless of their ethnicity,” said Gabrielle Hadnott. “This is the kind of leadership Houston needs and this is one of the reasons we have endorsed Gene Locke as the next mayor of our city.”

The Harris County Tejano Democrats endorsed Locke for Mayor in August and HBAD endorsed Locke in October.

The Battle Over Public Safety In The Race For Mayor Of Houston
November 19, 2009

The Houston Police Officers Union has endorsed Gene Locke in the race for Mayor of  Houston, and today  HPOU held a news conference to talk about why police officers believe that Locke would do a better job on the issue of  public safety.

The news conference also featured Stephanie Abernethy, the  widow of  slain HPD officer  Tim Abernethy.

2 On the Beat is assigned to a different story, but I have posted the groups news release below.  We are also waiting on a statement from the Annise Parker for Mayor campaign.

HOUSTON POLICE OFFICERS SAY THAT ANNISE PARKER HAS LOST THEIR SUPPORT AND CONFIDENCE

 

Houston, TX–The Houston Police Officers’ Union (HPOU) today criticized mayoral candidate Annise Parker and reiterated their support of Gene Locke, saying that Locke is the one who will be tough on crime and has a real plan to make Houston’s neighborhoods safer.

Gary Blankinship, president of the 5,000-plus member Houston Police Officers’ Union stated, “Our organization screened all the candidates and found Gene Locke to be, without equivocation, the only candidate to make the commitment to increase officers on the streets of our city and in the investigative divisions so that HPD officers can do a better job of protecting the people of Houston.

“By comparison, Annise Parker supports status quo. Her ill-advised positions on public safety embrace the kind of soft-on-crime approach that poses a threat to our families and neighborhoods,” continued Blankinship. “Now is not the time to turn back the clock to the 1980s, when police academies were halted and crime began to skyrocket, and our officers battled not just criminals, but a staffing shortage and lack of support from City Hall.”

Although HPOU has endorsed Parker in her previous campaigns, she has on several occasions been on the opposite side of Houston Police.

As a member of the City Council, Parker voted against adding a permanent anti-gang task force in every HPD substation[i].

In addition, Parker has publicly stated that if elected mayor she will “take apart the police department”[ii] and that Houston police officers are merely “report-takers and ticket-writers….not crime-solvers.”[iii] The irony of her position is that if we follow her plan and do nothing, there won’t be enough officers to take the reports much less conduct follow-up investigations. 

Finally, during the endorsement screening process for the mayor’s race earlier this year, Parker made it clear that if elected mayor she would not work with HPD to put a halt to the current staffing shortage, thereby creating a dangerous public safety climate in Houston.  Ms. Parker erroneously believes HPD has adequate staffing and ignores the fact that by best accounts of the administration of HPD we are 1,400 officers understaffed.

HPD is a proud organization with men and women who are dedicated to laying down their lives for their community. Our department would take great exception to being taken apart rather than doing what Houstonians want, which is to make our department effectively expand so that we can do the job that the citizens of our city expect and need.

“Sitting idle and not expanding the department to meet our citizens’ needs to be safe is a recipe for disaster.  It is the equivalent of doing nothing,” said Blankinship.

Locke has repeatedly affirmed his support for increasing Houston’s police ranks through hiring of new cadets and adding experienced officers through lateral entry, which allows officers from other departments to bring their years of expertise to support public safety in Houston while reducing the city’s training burden. He has also advocated putting more police officers on the streets, equipping officers with advanced technology and placing more civilians in roles that do not require police officers’ extensive training and skills.

Parker Calls On Locke To “Come Clean Gene”
November 19, 2009

After releasing her and her partner’s tax returns, and having them closely scrutinized by a  respected CPA, Houston Mayoral candidate Annise Parker has repeatedly called on Gene Locke to do the same.

The following is a copy of   the news release (with a clever image of  a  washing machine and bubbles) that the Parker campaign has been sending out daily, with the message “Come Clean Gene.”

Sources have told 2 On The Beat that Locke will release his tax returns in a few days, but until he does, the Parker campaign is going to keep turning up the heat on Locke: 

(The following Is A News Release) 

What Is Gene Locke Hiding? 

Two weeks after request, Locke still has not released tax returns 

Houston, TX – Today the Annise Parker for Mayor campaign pressed lawyer-lobbyist Gene Locke to release his personal tax returns and answer a series of unanswered questions dealing with his conflicts of interest.

Image“It’s been two weeks since Texas Watchdog asked the mayoral candidates to publicly release their tax returns. Annise Parker released hers last week. Where are Gene Locke’s?” said Adam Harris, Parker’s campaign manager.

Texas Watchdog is a news website that scrutinizes the actions of government agencies, bureaucracies and politicians in Texas.

“Mr. Locke’s web of dealings with Metro, the financially troubled Sports Authority and his own law firm that has billed more than $17 million to these agencies and the City of Houston raises serious questions of massive conflicts of interest,” Harris continued. “If Mr. Locke has nothing to hide, he should come clean and make his tax returns public just as Annise Parker has done.”

Lawyer-lobbyist Locke has also refused to answer a series of questions posed by Watchdog more than six weeks ago about his relationship with the Harris County – Houston Sports Authority. According to documents uncovered by Watchdog, Locke was still involved with the authority well after he claimed to have resigned when the campaign began.

And this week, instead of responding to a series of questions relating to his conflict of interest with his law firm, Locke went on the attack in a failed attempt to change the subject.

“It’s up to Gene Locke to come clean about his conflicts of interest and put these issues behind us once and for all by giving voters the answers they deserve,” said Harris.

Questions yet to be answered by lawyer-lobbyist Gene Locke:

1)    When will you answer Texas Watchdog’s questions about your relationship with the financially troubled Harris County – Houston Sports Authority? (Asked October 2)

2)    When will you publicly release your tax returns? (Asked November 4)

3)    Will you release within one week your divestment and payout plan with Andrews Kurth? Will Andrews Kurth’s future income affect the size of your payout? Will you retain any interest in a pension or retirement plan or any other interest tied to the income of Andrews Kurth? (Asked November 16)

4)    Will you permanently resign from Andrews Kurth if elected mayor and enter into a legally-binding agreement never to have a financial interest or association with the firm or any relationship with the firm after you leave the office of mayor? (Asked November 16)

5)    Will you as mayor recuse yourself on all questions involving clients of Andrews Kurth, including all business with Metro, the Sports Authority and the Port Authority and bond transactions and other business done by Andrews Kurth for the City? (Asked November 16)

6)    Will you prohibit Andrews Kurth from representing the city and affiliated public agencies during your tenure as mayor, so as to avoid the inevitable appearance of impropriety involving any city business done with your partners and firm? (Asked November 16)

 Read the release on www.AnniseParker.com

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Houston Police Blast Annise Parker
November 18, 2009

 

The Houston Police  Officers Union has endorsed Gene Locke for Mayor, and its members are working to help him win in the runoff. 

On Wednesday the  group released the statement below,  saying that Parker has lost the support of  police officers. 

HPOU President Gary Blankinship is scheduled to hold a news conference Thursday morning at the union’s headquarters. Locke is expected to attend along with  Stephanie Abernethy, the wife of  HPD Officer Tim Abernethy who was killed in the line of  duty in December 2008.

I am posting a news release sent to 2 On The Beat,  and after the press event  Thursday we’ll post reaction from the Parker campaign. 

HOUSTON POLICE OFFICERS SAY THAT ANNISE PARKER HAS LOST THEIR SUPPORT AND CONFIDENCE

 Houston, TX–The Houston Police Officers’ Union (HPOU) today criticized mayoral candidate Annise Parker and reiterated their support of Gene Locke, saying that Locke is the one who will be tough on crime and has a real plan to make Houston’s neighborhoods safer.

Gary Blankinship, president of the 5,000-plus member Houston Police Officers’ Union stated, “Our organization screened all the candidates and found Gene Locke to be, without equivocation, the only candidate to make the commitment to increase officers on the streets of our city and in the investigative divisions so that HPD officers can do a better job of protecting the people of Houston.

“By comparison, Annise Parker supports status quo. Her ill-advised positions on public safety embrace the kind of soft-on-crime approach that poses a threat to our families and neighborhoods,” continued Blankinship. “Now is not the time to turn back the clock to the 1980s, when police academies were halted and crime began to skyrocket, and our officers battled not just criminals, but a staffing shortage and lack of support from City Hall.”

Although HPOU has endorsed Parker in her previous campaigns, she has on several occasions been on the opposite side of Houston Police.

As a member of the City Council, Parker voted against adding a permanent anti-gang task force in every HPD substation[i].

In addition, Parker has publicly stated that if elected mayor she will “take apart the police department”[ii] and that Houston police officers are merely “report-takers and ticket-writers….not crime-solvers.”[iii] The irony of her position is that if we follow her plan and do nothing, there won’t be enough officers to take the reports much less conduct follow-up investigations. 

Finally, during the endorsement screening process for the mayor’s race earlier this year, Parker made it clear that if elected mayor she would not work with HPD to put a halt to the current staffing shortage, thereby creating a dangerous public safety climate in Houston.  Ms. Parker erroneously believes HPD has adequate staffing and ignores the fact that by best accounts of the administration of HPD we are 1,400 officers understaffed.

HPD is a proud organization with men and women who are dedicated to laying down their lives for their community. Our department would take great exception to being taken apart rather than doing what Houstonians want, which is to make our department effectively expand so that we can do the job that the citizens of our city expect and need.

“Sitting idle and not expanding the department to meet our citizens’ needs to be safe is a recipe for disaster.  It is the equivalent of doing nothing,” said Blankinship.

Locke has repeatedly affirmed his support for increasing Houston’s police ranks through hiring of new cadets and adding experienced officers through lateral entry, which allows officers from other departments to bring their years of expertise to support public safety in Houston while reducing the city’s training burden. He has also advocated putting more police officers on the streets, equipping officers with advanced technology and placing more civilians in roles that do not require police officers’ extensive training and skills.

 

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[i] City Council Minutes, June 23, 1998

[ii] KPRC “Beyond the Headlines,” aired September 27, 2009

[iii] KROI 92.1 radio debate, September 26, 2009

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Will Conservative Voters Choose Houston’s Next Mayor?
November 18, 2009

On Tuesday, Houston Mayoral candidates Gene Locke and Annise Parker made the first  joint appearance following the general election.

Parker and Locke answered  questions  in front of   the Pachyderm Club, a group of  conservative republican voters.

While city of  Houston races are officially nonpartisan,  republican voters could become swing voters in the runoff  election.

During the November 3rd general election, republicans voted overwhelmingly for conservative Roy Morales, who finished in fourth place.

Unless they plan to stay home on December 12, GOP voters will have to choose either Locke or Parker.

The crowd appeared receptive to listening to the candidates speak, and applauded when both Parker and Locke vowed not to raise property taxes if  elected. 

Locke told the crowd that he would focus on creating jobs, and making Houston safer by  keeping  public safety his number one priority.

Parker emphasized her experience as a city hall insider.   She’s served on council and as controller, and vowed to run a transparent  administration.

 This appearance comes days after the Parker campaign blasted Locke for meeting with conservative republican activist Steven Hotze, who according to press reports, is leading an anti-gay vote movement.

Parker, who is openly gay, is attempting to link Locke to this conservative crusade, but she did not bring up the issue  during the event.

Locke told reporters that he met with Hotze once prior to the general election, and Hotze did not endorse his campaign for Mayor.

Meanwhile, 2 on the Beat has learned that both campaigns have agreed to two televised debates, and negotiations are continuing for a third debate.

I’ll post the dates as soon as a debate is confirmed with KPRC Local 2.

Mayoral Candidate Gene Locke Denounces Anti-Gay Rhetoric
November 14, 2009

Houston Mayoral Candidate Gene Locke is between a rock and a hard place as he faces  a competitive runoff race against Annise Parker, who would become the city’s first openly gay mayor if  elected on December 12.

In order to win, Locke has to build a strong coalition, while promising  to represent people  of all  backgrounds.

But,   some of the people Locke  has met with recently seem to  have their own political agenda, which includes turning out the vote AGAINST  Parker because of   her sexual orientation. 

Locke’s campaign released a statement today in response to a Houston Chronicle article that said  many conservative and religious leaders oppose Parker because  she is a lesbian.

STATEMENT BY GENE LOCKE
November 14, 2009

“As I have previously stated, I reject any association with the style of campaigning that was the subject of an article in the Houston Chronicle today. We have serious issues to deal with in our city that requires us to work together as one Houston and I trust that Houstonians will choose a new mayor based on the issues that effect our lives every day and not to be swayed by divisive rhetoric.”

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Locke has never made any comment,  publicly  or off  the  record,  to this reporter  about  Parker’ s sexuality.

Meanwhile,  2 On The Beat has heard directly from many in  the gay and lesbian community that they view the election as  an opportunity to make history.

Parker’s side is passionate about the campaign, and her supporters will show up to vote in the runoff,  and she is getting political contributions as a result.

2 on The Beat believes that Locke is right to denounce these negative anti-gay attacks perpetrated by third-party political machines.

Locke and Parker need to focus on the issues that are most  important to the people of  Houston.

For  many people,  Parker’s sexuality is not on the top of  their list of  concerns.

Annise Parker Sets Online Fundraising Record
November 6, 2009

Annise Parker Sets Personal Online Fundraising Record

 

Houston, TX – Annise Parker set a personal online fundraising record Wednesday as supporters donated over $79,170 in online contributions from 272 donors in response to a single email sent the day after she ran first in Houston’s mayoral election.
 
Parker also picked up more than 600 supporters on Facebook the day after the election, for a total of 8,174 supporters on Facebook alone – more than all her opponents in the mayor’s race combined.

“Annise Parker’s 4,259 donors, 1,486 volunteers and more than 17,000 online supporters are energized by her first place finish,” said Adam Harris, Parker’s campaign manager. “Their enthusiasm and hard work prevailed despite massive spending by her opponents.”

“Our grassroots campaign is exploding with new supporters, new volunteers and new donors,” said Harris. “The momentum in this race is with Annise Parker.”
 
“I am so grateful to the thousands of people who supported me and voted for me,” said Parker.  “They stood together with me and I will remember their dedication for the rest of my life.  And to my new supporters I want to say ‘Thank you and welcome aboard!'”
 

Houston’s Gay Community Hopes To Make History With Parker
November 5, 2009

As she heads into a runoff  with Gene Locke,  Annise  Parker is getting a lot of   help  from the LGBT community in Houston and across the country. 

In urgent messages being emailed across the nation,  The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community is urging people to donate and vote for  Parker so they can be a “part of  making national strides in equality across the United States,” according to the message.

If   elected,  Parker would become Houston’s first openly gay mayor, and the LGBT community wants to make history in this election.

Both Locke and Parker have very little time to campaign, but need a lot of  money to go back up on TV and pay for a field operation  during the runoff ,  so this a huge advantage for Parker.

Both campaigns have passionate supporters and a base of  voters who will return to the polls on Saturday, December 12th.

But,   when it comes to the chance at  making history,  Parker has a huge advantage with the  LGBT  community contributing money and manpower.

This is the text of  the email:

This email might be a bit long, but it’s incredibly important.

WE DID IT! We came in FIRST PLACE last night!  Annise said to us, “Thank you
from the bottom of my heart for your contributions, support, encouragement
and friendship. I will never forget it.”

And now, I’m emailing you with important information about the future of the
LGBT community in Houston.  The email also contains an invitation for you to
be a part of making national strides in equality across the United States!

NOW is a critical time.  I am asking you to join me in seeing this campaign
through to the end.  Here is a UNIQUE chance for us to unite and show that
we have a powerful LGBT voice in Houston.  We can put our names together.
When do we ever see this???  Usually it’s Washington DC and other more
progressive states that get to do this type of activity.  You’ve probably
seen that Annise is all over national press and we her friends and
supporters in Houston now have a chance to show that we are her base in this
race.

The run-off won’t be cheap.  Annise raised over $2 million for the general
election over a period of 9 months.  Now she must raise the same amount in
less than 5 weeks.  She needs our help now–and unlike the past 9 months,
you won’t see multiple fundraisers.

I would LOVE for you to join me on the Host Committee for THE event our
community will put on for Annise in the run-off.  The theme of which will be
TAKE IT TO THE MAX!

At the beginning of the campaign, many of us chose to give a small amount to
several different events, anticipating the long haul.  For the run-off it
will be different.  There isn’t the time for many events and the campaign
needs the funds ‘front-loaded’.  In which case, we are hosting an event on
Wednesday November 11th at Jay Jones’ home for our community to PERSONALLY
MAX OUT!  We all max out at different levels.  Some at $50, some at $500,
some at $5,000. Whatever our personal maxing out is, we need to give at that
level immediately.

The following people have already committed and given their name to the
campaign:

David Arpin and Alex Martinez
Bill Brooker
Robin Brown
Bob Burress and Tom Seymour
Tony Carroll and Bruce Smith
Mike Copenhaver
Fiona Dawson
Elaine Decanio
Trevor Eade
Jennifer Eaves and Darcy Reeves
Stephen Goldberg and Tim Kollatschny
Jan Harrell
Bryan Hlavinka and David Theisen
Pam Holder and Carole Hunt
Alan Hurwitz
Greg Jeu and James Hurst
Jay Jones
Rick Kammerer and Tim Cagle
Jim Kovach and Ben Montalbano
Gregg Ledford and O Hoang
Kenneth Lester, DC and Richard M. Layman, MD
Ryan Levy and Ian Eastveld
David Muck and Cole Martelli
H. Joe Nelson
Clay Rogers
Mike Ryan
Ross Smith and Tony Shelton
Steven Wagner
Geoffrey Westergaard
Bill Williams

This fundraising event is important for two reasons:

1. To quickly raise money to support Annise through December 12th (the date
of the run-off) and elect her Mayor that night
2. To demonstrate that our community – LGBT and allies – is a powerful force
to be reckoned with.  When have you seen the Houston LGBT rally united
around a cause, an issue, a statement???  NOW is OUR time to be a part of
this incredible moment in the United States LGBT movement for equal rights.
I didn’t give up my rights to become an American citizen to sit back and do
nothing to make it better!  And I want to you help me.

Although we are fortunate that each of the major candidates have been
supportive of our community’s struggle for equal rights, this election is
not simply about that.  Annise Parker is hands down the most qualified
candidate. However, for our community this election is also about a
breakthrough.

Annise’s election can provide hope for that gay 12 year old from The
Woodlands who is living in a home and attending a school at which they are
ostracized.   It can show a community leader in Mississippi that it is
possible through honesty and competence to be elected to public office in
the South.   It is also about loyalty to a member of our community who took
the personal risk and made the extraordinary effort to lead the way as an
open and honest LGBT public official.  In her 8 previous runs for office and
her 12 years of public service to our City, Annise Parker has served
diligently and with excellence, has been recognized for her leadership
abilities and has never been tainted in any way by public scandal.  She has
been a role model not only for our community–but to the community at large.

I am asking you to join me on the Host Committee for this event.  Host
Committee Members will commit to giving OR raising a minimum of $1,000 by
November 11th.   That is just $100 each from 10 friends.  We can do this!

You will have two important tools:

1.  You will be able to set up a personal fundraising page through the
campaign website.  The link for this page can be included in an email you
send to your friends–allowing them to click through to make the donation at
your personal fundraising page.  You can also track your progress through
the week–as can your friends–from a thermometer which will appear on your
site.  You can see my page at
http://parker.helpmycampaign.com/fionajdawson/myfundraising

OR

2.  You can provide a list of email addresses for people you want to contact
and the campaign will send an email–which will appear to come from
you–with a colorful standard layout and wording.  The recipient will be
able to click through from this email and make a donation.  If you select
this method you (and the link) will be assigned a code, from which we  can
track donations that result from your email.  The difference between this
option and the first option is that “look” of the email your friends receive
in this option will be much more ‘finished’ and ‘professional’ looking.

On December 12th, we have the opportunity to make history by electing Annise
Parker Mayor of Houston, Texas–representing more constituents than
Governors of 16 states!

Will you be a part of the leadership of the LGBT community who made this
happen?  I sincerely hope so!

NEXT STEPS:

Please respond to this email and say either, “Yes!  Count me in!  Tell me
what to do next” or “No, I can’t commit to raising or giving $1,000”.  If
you respond with the later, you can still give what you can on my personal
fundraising page at:
http://parker.helpmycampaign.com/fionajdawson/myfundraising and come to the
event.  However, wouldn’t it be great to have hundreds of people of the LGBT
community to make a united statement by putting their names together and
saying, “Yes!  We Can!” (to steal someone else’s phrase…:-)

With love and yours in equality,

Your friend,

Fiona

Now There’s Two – But What Will The Losers Do?
November 5, 2009

After taking a few hours to celebrate their respective victories,  Houston Mayoral candidates Gene Locke and Annise Parker are back in campaign mode.

They have two big priorities: raising more money to compete in the runoff  election, and reaching out to the two  losing mayoral candidates and their supporters.

I spoke briefly with conservative Roy Morales who won 20% of the vote.  He told me he is taking time to think about his next move.  That includes talking with his supporters to decide if  he should endorse Parker, Locke, or none  of the above.  

In the one TV commercial that Morales released before the election, he  attacked his opponents and labeled them as liberals

 How is he going to mesh his conservative principles with his former  liberal opponents?

I also spoke with Lucinda Guinn who managed Peter Brown’s campaign.  Guinn told me that Brown hasn’t made any decision.  Brown probably has more in common politically with both Locke and Parker, but remember how nasty things turned at the end?  In her final TV campaign AD, Parker accused Brown of  distorting her record and said he couldn’t be trusted.  During his final commercial, Brown accused Locke of  financial mismanagement in his role as legal counsel for the Houston Sports Authority.

Hey, that’s politics.

Don’t take it personally.

 On Wednesday, Parker and Locke said they would be happy to get an endorsement from either one, or both.