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Harris County Republicans Fail To Prevent Hurricanes

The Houston Chronicle recently ran a story about the post Hurricane Ike campaign hiatus in Harris County. It seems that because we had a hurricane, most candidates for Harris County office are afraid to run negative ads or campaign aggressively. 

I’m not sure why they see a problem. One-third of people still don’t have power, and many who do have not had cable TV service restored. Who would see the ads?

This is, I suppose, good political sense by the candidates. People want to hear about when they are getting power back and when the debris will picked up off the curbside.

Still, so many people in Harris County live in day-to-day disaster conditions. They lived this way before any hurricane. Negative ads are run all the time when people are suffering. I guess the issue here is that it is not just the poor who are suffering. It’s people who matter to politicians having the hard time, so the suffering has to be acknowledged.

Let me get the ball roiling on the attack ads in Harris County. If this turns out to be a terrible nasty campaign, I want some credit. 

Since Tropical Storm Allison and Hurricane Ike took place while Republicans were in control of Harris County Government, it seems that Republicans are unable to protect hard working tax paying Harris County residents from punishing tropical weather. Just look at the picture above to see the damage these storms do to Houston.

If storms continue in Harris County after Democrats win control of county government in 2008, it will be because of weather patterns left by the previous county administration.

Both sides to to get with the program and start with the attacks. Imagine the relief voters will feel when they see all is truly back to normal after Hurricane Ike.

September 23, 2008 - Posted by | Campaign 2008, Houston, Politics | , , , , , ,


  1. I always enjoy your dry wit. Especially during a deluge.

    There was a lengthy parade of Republicans on my teevee last week, most of them running for re-election and all of them proclaiming what a great job everybody was doing, including the spirit of Texans (not the football team).

    If the GOP would stop taking credit for things they proclaim are going well — think “fundamentals of our economy are sound” rationale and apply locally to the reality of 700+ thousand still without electricity — then maybe we can consider not holding them accountable when things go badly.

    Or maybe we can elect a few more Democrats to county offices, and spread the credit/blame evenly.

    Comment by PDiddie | September 23, 2008

  2. I live in a very Republican neighborhood so I guess that is why it took 10 days for my power to come back on… 🙂 Maybe I should have stuck my Vote Democrat sign out earlier.

    Hope you are well and that your home didn’t suffer much damage.

    Comment by AmyEmilia | September 23, 2008

  3. PDiddie–I think that we will indeed get the chance to spread the blame more evenly after Election Day in Harris County this year.

    AmyEmilia—Yes..I forgot to blame Republicans for the power outage. Good point.

    We were lucky enough to have no damage.

    Thanks for both kind comments.

    Comment by Neil Aquino | September 24, 2008

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