Peter Brown Stumping For Annise Parker In Runoff Race For Mayor
November 25, 2009

After finishing  third in the general election, Houston City Council Member Peter Brown endorsed Annise Parker over Gene Locke for Mayor in the runoff.

Brown is doing more than just giving speeches, he is also hitting the trenches: raising money, block walking and taking part in strategy meetings.

Brown has recently sent an email to those who supported him in the first round, to get behind Parker in the runoff.

Dear Friends and Supporters, As Thanksgiving approaches, I want to thank all of you for supporting my vision for an even better Houston. Although we did not prevail, we worked hard and made a real difference. Now, after lengthy discussions with the two remaining candidates, I am wholeheartedly supporting Annise Parker as our next mayor. I urge you to do the same. Annise Parker, I am convinced, will pursue the quality of life agenda important to us all. Just as she has done for the past 12 years as a Council Member and City Controller, Annise will continue to make government more efficient, to reduce crime, create jobs, and deal effectively with traffic, air quality, infrastructure and flooding. She knows how to get results at City Hall, and has the experience and the track-record we can count on. This past weekend I block-walked for Annise in the East End and in Kingwood, talking to voters about the important issues facing our city. This experience, like many others, confirmed that Annise and I share a clear vision for our great city. Therefore, I hope that you will support Annise Parker, by going to her website where you can make a donation, or sign up to volunteer. As well, I urge you to email your friends to support Annise. This is an important election – about a real commitment to a more prosperous, greener and livable Houston, with a commitment to open,

Senator John Whitmire Disturbed by “Smear Tactics” In Mayor’s Race
November 25, 2009

Both Houston Mayoral candidates Annise Parker and Gene Locke are viewed as friendly on issues important to the Democratic party.

 While city elections are officially non-partisan, each of the candidates has also reached out to Republicans and Independents to win votes in the runoff  race for Mayor of  Houston.

(see my earlier post about both Locke and Parker speaking to the Houston Pachyderm Club, a Republican group.https://2onthebeat.wordpress.com/2009/11/18/will-conservative-voters-choose-houstons-next-mayor/)

Some of the folks who  don’t support  Locke or his policies,  are criticizing him for  reaching out to the same  critical group of  voters being courted by Parker. 

You may recall that Locke also came under fire for speaking to the conservative leaning U.S. Pastor Council,  because some  of the ministers are attacking Parker for her sexual orientation

 Ironically, many of  Parker’s supporters were silent earlier this week when Mayor Bill White, who is also a likely Democratic party  candidate for Governor, was honored for his work in office by the same group. ( here’s the link to the Houston’s Chronicle’s coverage: http://blogs.chron.com/houstonpolitics/2009/11/bill_white_speaks_to_the_pasto.html)

It begs the question, are democrats willing to destroy one of their own, for the sake of  getting another candidate elected?

The blistering attacks on Locke have  forced Houston Senator John Whitmire,  a Locke supporter,  to issue a statement condemning the tone of the negative campaigning.

“It concerns me that fellow Democrats are resorting to smear tactics to destroy the reputation of my good friend Gene Locke.  Our friendship spans nearly four decades.  Throughout his career, both in the public and private sector, Gene has never been questioned on matters involving ethics or personal finances,” said Whitmire in a statement released by the Locke campaign.

” In fact, Gene has counseled many public officials on issues involving ethics and financial disclosure.  Those of  us that have worked closely with Gene can vouch for ethics for his ethics and character.  When Gene wins this race, rest assured he will follow all laws and ordinances that have been required of past mayors on these issues.  Let’s try to have a discussion on issues important to rank and file Democrats throughout the city like public safety, transportation, and good parks,” continued Whitmire.

Will this change the tone of   the campaign?

Doubtful.

But, whether Parker or  Locke wins or loses the runoff, neither should have to walk away with  his or  her  personal character and professional reputation in pieces, simply because each tried to make a difference by running for Mayor of  Houston.