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Local Democrat Carl Whitmarsh Blasts This Blog (With Bonus Pictures)

Below is an e-mail sent out by local Houston Democrat Carl Whitmarsh to his extensive list of Democrats around the state. ( I don’t normally write in color, But this was the font Carl used, and copying his e-mail is making this full post in color. Color is good. )  Mr. Whitmarsh’s ire has been raised by a post I wrote yesterday asking if Houston Councilmember James Rodriguez can be trusted to be an effective representative for Houston.    

I surely never said Mr. Rodriguez was engaged in any so-called “wrongdoing.” I said that Mr. Rodriguez  helping a Republican who was considering a citywide run was how Houston is politically. It’s also not something I would do. 

I know it is shocking to ask if we can trust a politician. Whoever heard of such a thing?  Even more offensive were my brazen assertions that Mr. Rodriguez might take political steps to seek higher office at some later date, and ending the post by saying I remained hopeful that Mr. Rodriguez is an okay guy. What could I have been thinking!?! 

You’ll note that Carl never addresses why Mr. Rodriguez was supporting a Republican. 


From Mr. Whitmarsh  ( I added the pictures)  —

A Message from CARL WHITMARSH--One of the things about this email list is that I try to give everyone their say without too much of a say on my part.  I’m going to make an exception today because of the Over the Top Inflamatory Headline of the blog written below by Neil Aquino.  What earthly reason would anyone have to ask the question of Councilmember James Rodriguez, “Can We Trust Him?”  You’re going to have to bring a lot more to the table than a picture which appeared in a campaign brochure.  I’m not acquainted with Ms. Colon other than by her reputation, but I do know Senfronia Thompson – known her for 37 years – and I do know the lady on the left side of the picture, one Paula Arnold, former member of the HISD Board of Trustees and a former National Democratic Delegate.  Mr Aquino, maybe you were unaware, but during Ms. Arnold’s presidency of the HISD Board, she oversaw redistricting which effectively drew her out of her own district in order that Hispanics could have another representative at the table.  And of course I know James Rodriguez, as most of us involved have known him since he was knee high to a grasshopper and watched him grow, work through the different layers of government, campaign in the snows up north for Al Gore,  marry and settle down, offer himself for public office and now serves as a member of City Council.  If there is a word you associate with James , it is LOYAL!  WHAT IN THE HELL    POSSIBLE REASON WOULD SOMEONE ASK “CAN WE TRUST HIM OR NOT?” of JAMES RODRIGUEZ?  In reading this blog entry, I begin to think the writer is trying to resurrect McCarthyism  of the 2000’s…For shame….for absolute shame.  And for what imaginable reason could or should any of this have been written?

If you want to use your headline, why don’t you write about Borris Miles or maybe Jarvis Johnson – folks where at least allegations of wrongdoing have previously been made, but to write about someone like James Rodriguez, who has never even had a hint of wrongdoing attached to him is as far below the belt as I have seen a writer stoop.  If you have proof of something, BRING IT ON

While I am running this blog entry, I want it clearly understood I disassociate myself from it and stand here ready to stand with my friends, JAMES RODRIGUEZ, SENFRONIA THOMPSON and PAULA ARNOLD and will vouch for their good names and intentions and most of all their allegiance to the Democratic Party until the cows   come home.  Guilt by association based on a photograph is as sleazy as it comes……If you have an opinion about this entry by this blogger, who is also carried by the Houston Chronicle, write him directly at naa six-one-eight at att.net…….. cew……before somebody asks why I wrote this let me say…this is my email list and when folks I know, trust and care about are unfairly treated, I am going to come out like a cornered lion in their defense.

January 13, 2009 Posted by | Houston, Politics | , , , , , , , | 7 Comments

Houston Councilman James Rodriguez—Should We Trust Him Or Not?

Houston District I Councilmember James Rodriguez (Mr. Rodriguez  is the gentleman to the left of the center in the photo above.has been in the news of late. With the election of Adrian Garcia to serve as Harris County Sheriff, Mr. Rodriguez, who says he is a Democrat, is now the only Hispanic member of Houston City Council. This despite the fact that we have at least 850,000 Hispanic persons here in Houston.
( Here is a most forceful rebuttal to this post from a local Democrat.)
(Here is a reply that is a little more useful.)
Here is Mr. Rodriguez’s campaign web home.  
Here is a map of Council District I
Should we trust Councilman Rodriguez? Will he be an effective representative of Houston’s Hispanic population, and for all persons in his district and in our city? 
In Houston, it can be hard to pin down just where our political leaders stand.  Party identification is easily obscured in our so-called non-partisan municipal elections. (Voter turnout is always low. And once elected, incumbent councilmembers are nearly unaccountable at the ballot box  until term limits force them out.) Take, for example, the photo above. In the center you see Republican Bill King. On either side of Mr. King are members of his so-called issue study group.
Mr. King has been considering a run for citywide office in 2009. So why is a Democrat like Mr. Rodriguez sitting with Mr. King? Seated to the right of Mr. King is Democratic State Representative Senfronia Thompson and, next to Rep. Thompson, one Jessica Colon. Ms. Colon is identified as “national chair of the Young Republicans.”      
Now I’m certain the conversation to get Mr. Rodriguez and Ms. Thompson to serve on Mr. King’s issues committee went just like this–
Mr. King—Hey James and Senfronia, I’m really concerned for the future of Houston and I need your input. Would you please serve on my issues committee so we can work for a better city?
Mr. Rodriguez & Ms. Thompson—Why sure Bill. Let’s get going!
Of course, this kind of stuff is just how Houston is politically. So we’ll keep hope alive for Mr. Rodriguez until we see him in action a little longer. 
Below you see a picture of Mr. Rodriguez that recently ran in the Houston Chronicle. You see that Mr. Rodriguez is pondering the future. (That or he’s trying to remember if he turned  his stove off at home.)
What is Mr. Rodriguez  pondering?
Is he wondering when leadership in Houston’s Hispanic community will finally pass from yesterday’s men who wasted years fighting amongst themselves while people in the community needed help and political power? Is he wondering what he can do to help give Houston’s Hispanics the seat at the political table their numbers, energy, and abilities merit?….. Or is he thinking he’s got six years to serve as a councilmember, and he’d better make the right people happy so he can be well-postioned for higher office when term limits knock him off council?
I’ll wager Mr. Rodriguez is thinking about both helping people and about his own ambitions. We’ll see which side of that equation comes out the winner. Here’s hoping he is an okay person.      
( Below the photo of  Councilman Rodriguez is Gene Kelly in Singing In The Rain.)   

January 12, 2009 Posted by | Houston, Politics | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment