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Democrats, Liberals & Others Have The Right And The Obligation To Ask More Of Annise Parker

According the Facebook of Republican Texas State Senator Dan Patrick, Houston Mayor Annise Parker was the only Democrat to attend the Lincoln-Reagan Day fundraiser of the Harris County Republican Party.

How you view this fact could be a kind of Rorschach Test.

(Above–Rorschach Test. I see a polar bear climbing Mt. Everest.)

It could be that Mayor Parker was conning Republicans as she works to fend off possible challengers in the 2011 election.

It could that Mayor Parker is a political moderate and that she is reaching out to voters of all parties.

It could be that Mayor Parker is deserting Democratic voters for political reasons even though she was elected Mayor in 2009 as a Democrat.

In any case, Democrats, progressives and liberals have the right to ask more of the Mayor in what was a  61% Obama city in the 2008 election.

How is that Mayor Parker can attend a Republican fundraiser where Senator Patrick and Mike Huckabee took the stage to play a tune, but she could not attend the rally outside Houston City Hall last week to address the sharp cuts to vital public services being considered in the ongoing session of the Texas legislature.

Democrats, progressives, liberals, and others who would reliably vote for Democrats, merit a Mayor who consistently addresses basic questions of economic fairness and opportunity in Houston.

Given the wide  divide between the two major  parties at the moment, and given the strong divisions between the parties on civil rights questions that Mayor Parker has championed in the past, you have to wonder what the Mayor is sacrificing for the rest of us as she seeks the political support of the Republican far-right in Houston.

(Below–Senator Patrick (left) and Mike Huckabee (right) jamming at the Lincoln-Reagan Day Harris County Republican Fundraiser.)

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March 24, 2011 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , ,

2 Comments »

  1. Parker has been a political opportunist and ladder climber for years – which in and of itself is not a bad thing. I mean, she’s gotten where she is, right?

    That being said, she’s gone about as far as a Democrat can go in Texas. Who’s the last Dem to get elected to statewide office? Dan Morales in the early 90’s?

    Parker is also openly gay, which isn’t going to make political ambitions in Texas any easier. She can attend as many Republican events as she wants, but unless she renounces her partner and lifestyle and touts Jesus as her personal Savior, she’s not going to get a Republican vote.

    Comment by Katydidknot | March 24, 2011

  2. katy–I think Ms. Parker could engage in a little more political risk for the good of the folks who support her in Houston.

    Comment by Neil Aquino | March 25, 2011


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