Also, this week the TPA announced that Annise Parker, who was sworn in a few hours ago as the new Mayor of Houston, is the Texas Progressive Alliance Texan of the Year. This was a unanimous selection. ( Here is the Houston Chronicle report on Ms. Parker’s swearing-in.)
( Above–Sam Houston. I think Sam would have been okay with Ms. Parker’s election. You can read about Sam here in the excellent Handbook of Texas Online.)
Some Houston-area political bloggers allied themselves with Ms. Parker’s campaign and worked on her behalf. Congratulations to those bloggers and to Ms. Parker.
Here is the TPA press release announcing Ms. Parker’s selection—
With the election of Annise Parker as mayor of Houston, the fourth largest city in the United States signaled that they pay more attention to qualifications than to sexual orientation. This news reverberated around the globe and brought positive attention to the city of Houston and the state of Texas. National Democratic groups took note of a more progressive Houston than they assumed, and the talk and speculation turned to the possibilities of Texas turning blue sooner rather than later.
The Parker win was no accident. She put together a talented campaign team that ran on the strength of the grassroots rather than City Hall insiders. Key Houston-area progressive bloggers aligned themselves with Parker and were embraced by the campaign. Blogs became an effective messaging strategy, emphasizing Parker’s qualifications and her opponent’s weaknesses.
In the runoff, several third parties — including one longtime right-wing operative who endorsed Parker’s opponent — launched a series of homophobic attacks against her, but they failed to do her any serious damage because voters recognized her distinguished service as a member of Council and City Controller and valued her experience and financial acumen.Voters knew who she was and what she was about because she had always been open and honest about it, and that was more important than anything some agitator could say.
For her historic victory, for making the rest of the world re-evaluate its opinion of Texas, and for running a truly modern grassroots campaign, the Texas Progressive Alliance is proud to name Houston’s Mayor-Elect Annise Parker its Texan of the Year for 2009.
Here is the Round-up–
Could BeTrue of South Texas Chisme wants everyone to be afraid of drug cartels buying our politicians. We’ve all seen what money and power did to health care reform. Imagine all that drug money buying power here. It’s time to legalize drugs and take away the profit.