The Houston Democracy Project attended the Shelia Jackson Lee for Mayor rally today which featured Hillary Clinton.
(Above is a picture of Secretary Clinton and the Congresswoman. Sorry it is not a better picture. I was in the back. Judge Lina Hidalgo is sitting to the right of Rep. Jackson Lee.)
Most noteworthy at the event were the comments of Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo.
From the Houston Chronicle:
"The county judge also took aim at Jackson Lee’s main opponent, state Sen. John Whitmire, during her speech. She said he is not a real Democrat, pointing out that he shares some of the same conservative donors as Alexandra del Moral Mealer, the Republican candidate who unsuccessfully challenged Hidalgo in last year’s election."
That account doesn't do the Judge's remarks justice though. She took after Senator Whitmire calling him "spineless" and a "puppet" of the right. She made it clear Senator Whitmire was not supportive of her re-election race in 2022. Senator Whitmire keeps saying he is a good Democrat. Lina Hidalgo sure does not think so.
And given his many relationships with far-right Republicans, it's difficult to trust Senator Whitmire as a strong or brave defender of democracy in the current political climate.
It's a shame that we put so much effort in beating Mealer and Republicans in Harris County in 2022, only to have the same crew back in force with John Whitmire.
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