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How Low Can Gene Locke Go?—Excellent Statement By Annise Parker

Just how low can can Houston Mayoral run-off candidate Gene Locke go?

Given a chance in a debate last night with rival Annise Parker to reject the endorsement of anti-gay hatemonger Steven Hotze, Mr. Locke did not do so.

( Above–Death Valley, California. The lowest point in North America at 282 feet below sea level. Gene Locke is even lower than Death Valley. Here is information about Death Valley National Park.)

If one form of bigotry is acceptable, why all not forms of bigotry?

Mr. Locke is a black man and you’d think he’d know better. All people should know better.

Can you really picture Annise Parker seeking the endorsement of racists?

Ms. Parker is flawed.—Though we are all flawed.

Her campaign has been depressing in many respects.

Yet I just can’t imagine Ms. Parker going out and looking for the endorsement of hateful people just for the purposes of winning an election.

Mr. Locke did not limit his offensive comments last night to bigotry. He struck a strong note of selfishness as well.

In his closing statement, Mr. Locke suggested voters should ask “What’s in it for me?”

“What’s in it for me?”

Inspiring.

Ms. Parker, in great contrast, used her closing statement to say the first decent thing I have heard said in this campaign.

Ms. Parker used her closing statement to say “I want your commitment to our city.”

I hope Ms. Parker builds on this concept of obligations citizens have to the larger community.

Here is a video of the closing statement from the debate last night.

Here is the full debate.

December 3, 2009 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , ,

2 Comments »

  1. (Let me preface this by saying that I know almost nothing about Houston politics.)

    I think that’s exactly what’s wrong with our country right now. Too many people are saying “What’s in it for me?” and not looking at the bigger picture.

    Comment by Sarah V. | December 4, 2009

  2. Races for Mayor of Houston take place with a small % of folks voting and focus directly on those voters and not the needs of the city as whole.

    Comment by Neil Aquino | December 4, 2009


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