Congresswoman Jackson-Lee Ready For Campaign
January 24, 2010

Congresswoman Sheila Jackson-Lee proved once again on Saturday that she is a tireless campaigner, one of  her greatest strengths going into a contested March primary.

She began the day with a breakfast for Houston area ministers, had lunch with precinct captains and finished with a combination birthday party/campaign kickoff Saturday afternoon. 

If  turnout  is any indication, the Congresswoman still has strong support in the district.

The crowd included families, community leaders, elected officials (and candidates trying to get elected) along with volunteers who are ready to hit the ground running to help the Congresswoman win re-election in the 18 Congressional District. 

Faces in the crowd included: former city council member Gordon Quan who is running for Harris County Judge. Former Police Chief and current city council member C.O. Bradford  and Houston Federation of  Teachers President Gayle Fallon.

As 2 on the Beat previously reported,  Houston city council member Jarvis Johnson and attorney Sean Roberts are running against Jackson-Lee in the March 2nd Democratic Party primary.

If she wins the primary, Jackson-Lee will face a Republican opponent in the November general election.   The 18th congressional district is solidly democrat, so the Congresswoman shouldn’t have to worry as much about losing the general election, IF  she can win the primary. 

However, some political observers believe Jackson-Lee is vulnerable and could face a tough time winning a ninth term in congress.  While there is anti-Washington/anti-incumbent sentiment sweeping across the country, Jackson-Lee has perceived weakness that hit closer to home.

Her opponents, both Republican and Democrat, accuse her of being out of touch with residents and not doing enough in recent years to help the district.

She angered many of her constituents when she backed Sen. Hillary Clinton over Sen. Barack Obama in the 2008 Presidential Primary.

She also raised eyebrows when she showed up at Michael Jackson’s funeral and pushed for the late pop star to receive a Congressional Medal of Honor.

When asked by the media if she is concerned  about losing or being forced into a runoff,  the congresswoman said, “the seat belongs to the people. I will continue to fight for the people in Washington and in the district.”

She did not directly address the claims made by candidates/opponents Johnson or Roberts.

Former Police Chief Celebrates Campaign Victory
November 18, 2009

Several people showed up Wednesday night to help former Houston Police Chief C.O. “Brad” Bradford celebrate his recent election to the Houston City Council, at large position 4.

The event was both a victory party and fundraiser to help Bradford retire  the debt he accumulated while campaigning citywide.

Bradford defeated three opponents in the November 3rd general election, and now he is focused on building a team to help him transition to city hall.

Some of the faces in the crowd included:  Houston attorney and former Kemah Mayor Bill and Melissa King, former Police Chief  Harry Caldwell,  Larry Payne, Muzaffar Siddiqi with the Houston Police Department, and Riyad Abu – Taha,  Ambassadors Club founder

Political Campaign Direct Mail
October 23, 2009

As a  voter,  I was beginning to feel a little left out of the election process.  I mean, I’ve seen all the television ads, I’ve heard the radio pitches from community activists and ministers,  and I’ve interviewed all the candidates for mayor and various other positions. 

But,  no one was sending me direct mail at home.  I tried not to take it personally, and began to think, maybe it’s because of   the economy, and candidates don’t have much money.

That is, until I received the first political campaign direct mail piece from city of  Houston employee Noel Freeman, who is running for the city council at-large position 4 seat.  Freeman’s campaign has sent out a flyer attacking former police chief C.O. “Brad” Bradford, who is also a candidate for the  same seat.

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Freeman is trying to remind voters about the problems in the Houston Police Department’s DNA crime lab that he says were covered up under Chief  Bradford’s watch.

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The problems in the crime lab have been well documented.  They happened before, during and after Chief  Bradford’s watch. 

Bradford, who  lost a close race for Harris County District Attorney in November to Pat Lykos, says he is going to run a positive campaign and not respond to negative messages. 

Bradford has also received the endorsement of many groups, including the Houston Chronicle and the Houston Police Officer’s Union.

Anyway, the other two candidates in the race are conservative Curtis Garmon and Progressive candidate Deborah Shafto.  I’m attempting to interview  all four to include their perspective in a story  focusing on the issues in the  race.  It airs  Sunday night on KPRC Local 2.

Make sure you tune in, and you’ll see the one and only political campaign direct mail piece that was sent to my home mailbox.

Former Police Chief Annouces Bid For City Council
August 12, 2009

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Former Houston Police Chief C.O. “Brad”  Bradford held his official campaign kickoff  on Wednesday night at  an intimate gathering spot in Midtown. 

Months after losing a hard fought race for Harris County District Attorney,  Bradford is running for the Houston City Council At-Large Position 4 seat currently held by  council member Peter Brown who is  running for Mayor. 

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More than 300 people were expected to attend the event, and those I spoke with say they are excited about Bradford getting in the race.  Bradford’s supporters believe that his background in law enforcement, along with his  experience running a large organization will give him special insight into the issues facing the  city of Houston.

State Senator Mario Gallegos, State Rep. Carol Alvarado, Constable Victor Trevino, Council Member and Controller Candidate Ron Green and attorney Darryl Carter  and Bob Ryan were some of the political heavyweights attending the campaign event.

Meanwhile, Noel Freeman is the only other announced candidate in the race. 

 Freeman has served as an administrator for  Houston’s  Public Works Department and owns a small business. 

He was recently endorsed by the  Houston Stonewall  Young Democrats.

From Former Police Chief to Houston City Council?
July 27, 2009

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Former Houston Police Chief  C.O. “Brad” Bradford will soon make his bid for city council official.

Next month  Bradford is scheduled to hold his campaign kickoff  for the Houston city council At-Large Position 4 seat.

In November,  Bradford lost a tough election battle  for Harris County District Attorney to republican Pat Lykos.

The former chief looks like he is serious about running for city council.

He has a facebook page (of course, who doesn’t these days?)  a website (http://cobradford.com/) and he is busy raising money. 

If you are interested in attending the campaign rally, here is the information:

It’s going to be held on Wednesday,  August 12, 2009 from 5:30pm – 7:30 pm

Location: Lounge Next Door at Ibiza

Street:  2450 Louisiana Street in downtown.