Pam Holm Releases First TV Ad In Race For Controller
October 6, 2009

City of  Houston Controller candidate Pam Holm today released her first TV commercial.

I don’t  know how much of an ad buy her team has made, but the message is very strong and the spot is nicely produced.

Currently the AD is posted on her campaign website, you tube and facebook.

According to a news release sent to 2 On The Beat, Holm is trying to paint herself as the “candidate who has the best proven experience to be the kind of watchdog the city of  Houston needs in its next Controller.”

Holm is running for the position against her fellow city council members, Ronald Green and M.J. Khan.

The latest campaign contribution report shows that Holm has raised an impressive amount of  money, but as a district council member , she has never been elected citywide. 

That could be a tough hill for her to climb on election day.

Green has won three citywide elections and possibly has better name ID with the voters.

Khan is also a district council member, but he has more personal money to spend in the race.

I will check with Green and Khan to find out if they also plan to release TV political commercials before the start of early voting on Monday, October 19th.

Ugly Politics In The Race For City Of Houston Controller
September 13, 2009

An email that many are calling racist and hurtful was circulated late Saturday  night, and it was allegedly sent by a supporter of one of the candidates in the heated race for City of Houston Controller.

(You can read the email below)

It is shocking that anyone would stoop to such a sleazy level to try to smear candidates Pam Holm and M.J. Khan, while  claiming to support their opponent and fellow  city council member , Ronald Green.

But, 2 On the Beat received an email from Larry Green, who is  listed as the author of  letter.  He denied sending it, called it repulsive and vowed to find out who is responsible. 

“Someone is playing dirty tricks, and it’s definitely not me,” said Green, who is no relation to the city council member and controller candidate.

“Someone  has used my name,  and I have not and will not endorse any candidate in the Controller’s race or any race,” said  Green , who is the director of Houston Works.

I also spoke with  Keir Murray, Green’s campaign manager, and he said they have no idea who sent the offensive email, or why anyone would send it out:

From:Larry Green [mailto:sunnysideprecinctjudges@gmail.com]
Sent: Saturday, September 12, 2009 8:35 PM
To: Sunnysideprecinctjudges@gmail.com
Subject: We must go green controller

Dear Friends,

We hope this email finds you in great health. Our families would like to take a moment to say that we must never forget what happened in New York City on yesterday 8 years ago. Our hearts go out to the families that lost loved ones and to our service men and women who have served our country so valiantly. Here is an excerpt of what happened on that gruesome day.

 At about 9 a.m., investment banker Richard Egües, 34, emerged from the downtown 2 subway line to walk toward his office at the World Financial Center. On the street I saw crowds of people looking south. I looked up and saw gaping holes in both towers. As you looked more closely you began to see little things flying down, and then you realized they were bodies of people who had jumped from the building. I saw the somersaults, the floating bodies. It was like they were in slow motion, sort of turning around. You had to think there must have been such total desperation.

An important day is coming up soon: Election Day. We have a group of distinguished candidates. We have one man that has always been in this city’s corner. This man we speak of is Councilmember Ronald C. Green; he has served the city well as an At-Large Councilman and a devoted father and businessman.

Ronald has been endorsed by a very diverse group of individuals and groups throughout the city of Houston. He has been endorsed by the Harris County Democrats, Harris County AFL-CIO, Harris County Tejano Democrats, the Houston GLBT Caucus and the Houston Firefighters Union. This race is important because we must continue to capitalize upon the progress made in 2008.

Ronald is running a tough race against Pam Holm, a member of the Republican Party of George W. Bush who was responsible for James Byrd’s dragging, but even worse M.J Khan a known Muslim.

This really disturbs us because we must never forget 9/11. Just this year in Buffalo, New York, a Muslim executive beheaded his wife after she filed for divorce.

While we are not saying that he will be head his wife: we are highlighting the fact that he believes in such atrocious activities. Here is an excerpt from the book which MJ worships from: “Believers (Muslims), take neither Jews nor Christians to be your friends….- Sura 5:51

We cannot entrust Houston’s finances to MJ Khan. The only safe choice for Controller is Ronald C. Green. Please join our leaders in Going Green for Controller!

Sincerely,

Larry Green

in Going Green for Controller!

Sincerely,

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2 ON THE BEAT omitted the names of the numerous business, community and political leaders who were also listed on the email as endorsing Ronald Green.  Several of  them, including State Representative Sylvester Turner,  have issued statements rejecting the ugly tone of  the message, and also stressing that they knew nothing about it.