The Houston Chronicle reports that the Harris County District Attorney, Mike Anderson, has died early this morning at the young age of 57. As you may remember, Anderson disclosed last May that he had cancer. It must have been very aggressive, and it is a shame, because Houston truly lost a legend among men.
Anderson, a former District Judge and prosecutor, defeated the previous District Attorney, Pat Lykos, in last year’s Republican primary. After his opponent was incompetent in ways only imaginable to the incompetency of Texas Democrats, Anderson got plenty of bipartisan support in the November election, including mine.
I was never really a fan of Anderson’s politics, but I did see plenty of glimmers of hope in the meantime. But whatever your ideology, today is a day to put aside partisanship and see Anderson for who he really was underneath all the politics. Anderson dedicated his life, whether that be as a Prosecutor or a Judge, to upholding the law and making sure justice always prevailed. Serving for many years as one of the big felony court prosecutors, Anderson spent his days putting the worst of the worst in jail–where they belong.
Anderson was a longtime contemporary and colleague of my father’s, and despite their political disagreements, he always believed Anderson was a man of tremendous integrity and a great public servant.
My thoughts and prayers go out to Anderson’s family, especially his young children. It is a heartbreaking day for those who knew him. While I feel absolutely terrible discussing the political implications at a time like this, it is worth noting that the vacancy in the DA’s office will be filled by a nominee of Governor Perry.