Lloyd Oliver Is Just The Harris County District Attorney Candidate That The Democratic Primary Electorate That Voted Him Merits —Two Lousy Candidates For An Important Office
Democratic Harris County District Attorney nominee Lloyd Oliver is not qualified for the office he is seeking.
(Above–A display of support for Mr. Oliver in a Downtown Houston window front.)
A recent Houston Press article details many reasons why Mr. Oliver is not qualified.
From The Press—
“I got some skeletons in the closet,” he (Oliver) said. “And some of them got some meat on ’em.” Beyond the barratry charge involving Perry Mason — which he was nearly indicted for twice — the State Bar of Texas suspended his law license for 11 months in the mid-1980s. Lloyd, with another lawyer, had apparently hoodwinked a woman “with limited education” out of 26 acres and then committed perjury during the fallout, according to a state District Court decision. In strangeness only befitting Lloyd, he’d told prosecutors he barely knew Brenda Oliver, who’d helped him in the ruse, though, in fact, she’d once been his wife, as well as the mother of his child.”
But the thing is that Mr. Oliver was on the primary ballot against a mainstream Democrat who likely would have run a well-funded campaign, and for whatever reasons the Democratic primary electorate supported Mr. Oliver.
The facts were out there about Mr. Oliver, and the primary electorate–supposedly involving a more informed voter—chose him anyway.
Life is really short and I’m tired of making excuses for base voters who get can’t get it right, or for a local Democratic Party that seemingly can’t get a message out to voters and that thinks it is okay to try to overturn what voters have done in a fair ballot.
Harris County is a majority-minority county with plenty of progressive white voters. If we can’t make it work when big issues are on the line then we get what we deserve.
The same can be said for Democratic primary voters in Fort Bend county who—for a second time—backed a woman named Kesha Rogers for the U.S. Congress who supports impeaching President Obama.
I’m not voting for Mr. Oliver or for his far-right Republican opponent Mike Anderson.
But the truth is that for many reasons we have District Attorney candidates we merit in Harris County.
We have what you get when the public fails to meet the basic responsibilities of knowing the candidates or caring about the administration of justice.
As much as I believe that luck and circumstance play a big part in life, we must realize that the work of a decent society is up to each of us.