Here is what I said in my phone call to Houston-Area State Senator Carol Alvarado's Austin office today.
*The Senator still needs to apologize for comments at the recent Harris County Democratic Party Steering Committee meeting where she said the grassroots Democrats putting forth the Kim Ogg admonishment resolution were acting like anti-democratic Republicans. The resolution passed last night by a margin 129-61 at the County Executive Committee meeting. Those 129 votes came from loyal Democrats who have volunteered many hours to the party.
*The Senator was not consistently active in recent Houston municipal elections for candidates beyond support of John Whitmire. She bears her share of responsibility for the loss of three Houston At-Large Council seats to Republicans.
*With no primary opponent & a safe, gerrymandered district against a declared Republican General Election challenger in 2024, Senator Alvarado has good opportunity to generate turnout in Harris County. This turnout is needed to hold the county for Democrats and help defeat authoritarian Senator Ted Cruz. She can take part in and run block walks, raise money for the ticket, and ask Democratic candidates how she can be of help. Our elected officials are here to generate turnout for 2024. That is job #1.
*None of this is about politics so much as about public policy. The Republican Party is anti-democratic. I prefer a public policy of democracy over a course of relentless attacks on democracy.
What I'm saying here about Senator Alvarado could be said in essence about many of our elected officials. We should contact them and demand more & do so over and in 2024. The recent grassroots-led admonishment of rogue District Attorney Kim Ogg shows that we have a voice. The stakes are high and we need more from the people we support.
Senator Alvarado's Austin office can be reached at 512-463-0106 & her Houston office is 713-926-6257. Here is the website of the Texas Senate if you'd like to call your Senator and ask what they are doing to protect democracy.
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I'm Neil Aquino