GLBT, HSYD and HCTD

Endorsement season is in full bloom as three major organizations: the Houston GLBT Caucus, the Houston Stonewall Young Democrats and the Harris County Tejano Democrats have announced their endorsements for upcoming municipal elections.

First up, the GLBT Caucus voted to endorse last weekend. You can see the full list from the source here, or I just reprint the Municipal candidates below:

Mayor–Annise Parker
City Controller–Ronald Green
City Council At-large 1–Stephen Costello
City Council At-large 2–David Robinson
City Council At-large 3–Jenifer Pool
City Council At-large 4–C.O. Bradford
City Council At-large 5–Jack Christie
City Council District A–NO ENDORSEMENT
City Council District B–Jerry Davis
City Council District C–Ellen Cohen
City Council District D–Assata Richards
City Council District E–NO ENDORSEMENT
City Council District F–NO ENDORSEMENT
City Council District G–NO ENDORSEMENT
City Council District H–Ed Gonzalez
City Council District I–Graciana Garces
City Council District J–Mike Laster
City Council District K–Larry Green

Evidently, they had some explanation they released in a press release. Normally, I would be somewhat surprised by the exclusion, but perhaps it makes a little bit of sense in light of recent opinions expressed. For the record, I never had the intention of calling any specific institutions prejudicial (nor do I believe that is what a commonsense reading of my thoughts would imply), but politics can warp your brain to convince you all sorts of things.

Anyways, the endorsements do not really surprise me in the least. It appears that Assata Richards has been benefiting tremendously from typical progressive organizations, though I do not know how much of this will translate into real support from the African-American community.

What surprised me was not the endorsements they did make, but those they did not make. I understand supporting ostensibly conservative Republicans like Jack Christie in the face of no opposition. Accordingly, I do not understand the decision to specifically abstain from supporting the unopposed incumbents in Districts E, F and G (Dave Martin, Al Hoang and Oliver Pennington, respectively). Further, there are a lot of candidates in District A, I do not understand why the caucus could not begrudgingly support at least one of them. I am not familiar the views of, Amy Peck for example, on issues such as the non-discrimination ordinance but I get the inkling that, because of her youth, they are not as extreme or homophobic as her older contemporaries.

Next up, the Houston Stonewall Young Democrats made their picks:

Mayor–Annise Parker
City Controller–Ronald Green
City Council At-large 1–Stephen Costello
City Council At-large 2–David Robinson
City Council At-large 3–Rogene Calvert
City Council At-large 4–C.O. Bradford
City Council At-large 5–Jack Christie
City Council District A–NO ENDORSEMENT
City Council District B–Jerry Davis
City Council District C–Ellen Cohen
City Council District D–Assata Richards
City Council District E–NO ENDORSEMENT
City Council District F–NO ENDORSEMENT
City Council District G–NO ENDORSEMENT
City Council District H–Ed Gonzalez
City Council District I–Graciana Garces
City Council District J–Mike Laster
City Council District K–Larry Green

The only difference here is that the group supported Rogene Calvert instead of Jenifer Pool. Calvert has historically been receiving somewhat substantial support from young people, specifically yuppies. The endorsement should be seen a red flag for the Pool campaign, who would need the unified support of the Democratic establishment to make it into a runoff with Michael Kubosh.

Lastly, the Harris County Tejano Democrats selected their slate of candidates just last night. From what I read on Twitter, it was a real mess. I know that Mayor Parker was endorsed by the organization of a vote of 140-85, after Ben Hall parked in a fire zone. I have no idea who else they endorsed, and I doubt I am on their press release list…

Off the Kuff has more.

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Since we’re on the topic of endorsements, a lot of the candidates have been asking me how Texpatriate will go about our endorsement process. We will be endorsing candidates in all the Municipal elections, though School board endorsements are still up in the air. Since starting in about two weeks, the four Editorial Board members of Texpatriate will spread out across the county (hence, expatriate), we will not be doing any in-person endorsement interviews. Instead, we will simply start releasing endorsement editorials at some point towards the end of September.

As with all of our other editorials, we will only make the selection if the vote is 4-0 or 3-1. If I am the dissenter, or if no editorial decision may be reached, I will write an individual endorsement, as, I suspect, will other editorial board members.

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3 thoughts on “GLBT, HSYD and HCTD

  1. Having been at both the HGLBT Caucus Pac Meeting and the Tejano meeting, I must take exception with your statement the Tejano’s must have been a real mess…..another reason not to believe everything on Twitter or FACEBOOK. Speaking as someone who was there and participaqted if you want to use the word mess…apply it to the HGLBT Caucus meeting which ran over 4 hours. Tejano’s had a couple of contentious races, but because of sure handed leadership and clearly understood rules, the meeting lasted a little over two hours….and btw…don’t feel badly about being off mailing lists, those of us who have been doing this for years didn’t get anything until we asked and then in one case I still don’t have the official release.

  2. We have between 75 and 100 media outlets, reporters, etc. on our distribution list, and most bloggers get our information from either Facebook, our website, or by reaching out and asking for it. You might have reached out to me to say, “Hey, do you mind adding me to your distro list?” before making the insinuation that the omission was intentional. I assure you it wasn’t, and I would have been happy to include you. Also, as I have mentioned to you previously, it might be in your best interests to do a little bit of research before making blanket statements about organizations or in this case criticizing them for not endorsing in races. The Caucus has a pretty straight-forward process for endorsing candidates that hasn’t changed much in many years, and all of that information was available publicly on our website until 2:00 am this morning, and is still available on our Facebook page. No candidates were eligible for endorsement in Districts A, E, F, and G. We reached out to every known candidate running for office in every race, but if you want to criticize us for not endorsing ineligible candidates, that’s fine.

    As for Carl’s assessment of our meeting being a “mess,” I’m sure he remembers when people threw chairs and came to blows. It’s really tame compared to years past, but it still makes for good entertainment. The big difference between the Tejano Dems and the Caucus (aside from use of parliamentary procedure) is that the Tejano Dems do not allow debate on endorsements. The Caucus allows for debate on every endorsement because we are a deliberative body with a member-driven process.

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