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“Labor Donated” Mailing From Zaf Tahir With, Again, No Party ID & No Union Bug

I got another mailing yesterday from Houston At-Large Position 5 City Council Candidate Zaf Tahir. I was not planning to write about this again. But I have some questions.

Last week I wrote that Mr. Tahir had no union bug and no party identification at all on his first mailer. Mr. Tahir replied with a comment on Texas Liberal saying he was a loyal Democrat and a supporter of unions. He did not convince me to vote for him, but his reply seemed fair enough.

Now I have this additional mailing that says “Labor Donated” in a blank space just above the address. I’d like a better understanding of what that means. The first mailer did not say that anywhere. 

In a comment on my first Tahir post, Steve Bates from The Yellow Doggerel Democrat said sometimes underfunded campaigns will note on campaign materials that all the labor involved in a campaign mailer was volunteer labor and in certain circumstances that might be okay for a Democrat to use.

Okay. (Let me be clear, Steve was not taking any side or criticizing anybody. He was just giving information he had as politically active union man. I cite him because he was more informed on this question than I was.)

Am I to infer that for some reason, Mr. Tahir must cite that he had donated labor on the second glossy multi-color mailing he has sent out within a week?  Money does not seem to be an issue for Mr. Tahir.

Or maybe labor donated means something else in this case. Somebody please fill me in if it does.  

While I believe Mr. Tahir is a Democrat and that he supports unions as he claims, why can’t he say he is a Democrat and why, if he can afford two fancy mailings so far, can’t he have a union bug on the lit pieces?  

Here are questions raised by Matt Stiles in The Houston Chronicle about claims made in a radio ad by Mr. Tahir about how long he has lived in Houston.

Listen to the radio ad on the Chron site. All Republican themes.

Are Democrats supposed to discount the mass appeals being made by Mr. Tahir and just assume he is okay because he’ll tell you in certain settings that he is a Democrat? 

Here is a final link to Matt Stiles with questions about other claims Mr. Tahir has made on the campaign trail.

I think some concerns are being raised about Mr. Tahir as we move towards Election Day.

Here is a link to Position Five Candidate Jolanda Jones. Ms. Jones may merit strong consideration.

October 25, 2007 - Posted by | Houston, Houston Council Election '07, Politics | , , ,


  1. Zaf is pretty talented. I like the guy.

    No one puts party affiliation on city council races. It is a non partisan race.

    Comment by John Cobarruvias | October 25, 2007

  2. Nope….it can be inferred in some way…at the least.

    I understand it’s non-partisan in theory. Yet you can’t even tell where Mr. Tahir is coming from at all by what he is saying in his mailers and his radio ad. And that is how most people are getting to know him.

    Comment by Neil Aquino | October 25, 2007

  3. changing gears a bit:

    what do you think about Sheriff Simon Leis using Hamilton county, Ohio resources to lobby for a sales tax increase to pay for a new jail by stuffing letters in employee paychecks urging support of a new jail?

    full article here:

    Comment by geo | October 25, 2007

  4. Why we are still talking about same thing ,no party id,no union bug, is a old thing now ,i thing we should move our convesation towards issues.I think he is most qualified candidate in the race and i decided that i am gonna vote for zaf tahir.

    Comment by David stien | October 26, 2007

  5. Very good. Please do.

    Comment by Neil Aquino | October 26, 2007

  6. I read Mr Matt Stiles blog couple of times and i tried to post my comments on his blog, but you can not post your comments directly on his blog. First he checks your comments and if he likes your comments than he post on his blog,if he does not like it than he does not post it on his blog. He is very biased and partial. I heard too many stories about him that he is getting someting behind the curtain from (Hon: ? sue lovell)and jolanda jones thatswhy he is trying to trash Mr tahir.

    Comment by David stien | October 30, 2007

  7. David: That’s nonsense, and you know it.

    Comment by Matt Stiles | October 30, 2007

  8. What junk from Mr.Stien.

    Comment by Neil Aquino | October 30, 2007

  9. I support the idea behind unions and protecting the working man, the unions today are corrupt lazy and jaded and have more entitlement than a judge drunk at a taffic stop. The trades all fight among themselves and use the union as a crutch to protect the right to do a lousy job and control who works where. there is no competition with unions just bullying and chaos and corruption.

    Comment by brady | October 30, 2007

  10. Brady—Unions still do a lot of good for a lot of people. The decline in wages and benefits in recent years and the way management fights unions entering new workplaces offers some clues into the advantages gained by workers be being in a union.

    Comment by Neil Aquino | October 31, 2007

  11. Mr aquino why you are not posting my comments on you blog,i have a advice for you please change the name of your blog from TEXAS LIBERAL to TEXAS CONSERVATIVE OR TEXAS BIASED
    or TEXAS PARTIAL or TEXAS RACIST( waiting for your response )

    Comment by Davisd stien | November 11, 2007

  12. Because you are making nasty claims about people that don’t merit anything but being deleted. You’re saying mean things that are false and have nothing to do with the election. Don’t you have anything else to do?

    Comment by Neil Aquino | November 11, 2007

  13. Mr. Aquino, So am I also to assume that you are being the judge, jury, and censor of everything that is posted? What happen to freedom of speech? You are a person claiming to be a liberal, but your actions are more of a dictator.

    My comments may be meaningless to you, but if I have questions about these people I bet there are other people out there who also want to know these things as well. Why do you not post them? The good, the bad and the ugly and let the chips fall where they may. By not posting them, you lead me to belive that you are trying to persuade people to think the way you think.

    Go ahead, take a chance and post them. By the way, I have plenty to do, but this is important. Our community has a right to know about our elected officials and the voters like you who support them.

    Comment by Davisd stien | November 11, 2007

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