Worst Legislator Designation Offers Whitmire Chance To Do Better--He Could Change His Misguided Course
When Senator John Whitmire got a tough primary challenge last year that held the 49 year veteran of the legislature to only 58%, his opponent said it was no good that Sen. Whitmire was running for the Senate and Mayor of Houston at the same time.
Senator Whitmire said this in the '22 campaign: "The mayor's race is not on the ballot this time. I'm doing nothing different than wanting to go back to Austin and fight with my seniority..."
In selecting Senator Whitmire as one of the ten worst legislators of the recently concluded legislative session, Texas Monthly felt the Senator had the Mayor's race on his mind during the session.
Here is some of what Texas Monthly observed: "......he did a lot of ranting. In the past Whitmire has indulged in a panic about crime, but this time it took on a different tenor, given that he announced a campaign for Houston Mayor.....He turned the Criminal Justice Committee, which he chairs, into a platform for monologues that seemed tailor-made for voters who watch a lot of alarmist TV news.....The fact is Houston is getting safer. Homocides have dropped 28 percent from last year, and overall violent crime is down 12 percent in the first quarter of 2023....Maybe Whitmire is just ensuring that donors such as Houston billionaire Timan Fertitta and Jim "Mattress Mack" McIngvale continue to fund his mayoral campaign....."
The Houston Democracy Project is about democracy. And one of the biggest threats to democracy in Harris County are the 21 Republican horse-hockey lawsuits moving towards the far-right Texas Supreme Court that seek to undo much of the 2022 Harris County election. Democrats won sweeping victories in Harris County in 2022.
Mattress Mack is doing all he can to move these bad lawsuits forward.
Mattress Mack is a big supporter of Senator Whitmire.
Why would you accept political support from that guy?
Each day is a new day and Senator Whitmire has opportunity to do better.
The Senator has the option to step away from the exaggerated crime narrative being used to undermine democracy in Houston and Harris County & to step away from people attacking elections.
The Houston Democracy Project encourages Houston voters to ask more of Senator Whitmire.
The HDP encourages the Senator to reflect upon on his misguided path as he runs for Mayor of the most diverse city in America and a city currently under relentless assault from our authoritarian state government.
I'm Neil Aquino