It’s panic time in Harris County. I say “investigate this thoroughly and let the chips fall where they may.”
Ousted Houston Community College District II Trustee Bruce Austin has turned to the Office of the Harris County Attorney and his sycophants at the Houston Chronicle to file a civil lawsuit against HCC District II Trustee-elect Dave Wilson and retaliate against current HCC District IV Trustee Carroll Robinson.
Page B2 of the Friday December 20th, 2013 print edition of the Houston Chronicle leads with First Assistant County Attorney Robert Soard’s quote addressing the three-page civil suit petition filed in the 151st District Court. The Harris County attorney’s office sued Dave Wilson, alleging he was not a resident of District II when he was elected last month (emphasis mine):
“We think there is a reasonable doubt as to whether he lives with the district, and it needs to be clarified,”
Who is “we” and what’s their premise?
“…Wilson was ineligible to run for Precinct 4 Harris County Commissioner (back in 2010) …because he had listed an address on his application that was not his residential address, as required by election code. Wilson’s wife, Connie. still lists a property at 7370 Lake Lane, which is in the Lone Star College System district.”
Yep, no way a wife would live apart from her hubby, right?
Fast forward two days—to the Sunday December 22nd, 2013 print edition of the Chronicle.
Bearing the title “HCC probe: Did trustee steer work to friend?” the Chronicle reports Houston Community College has hired a law firm to investigate an accusation regarding District IV trustee Carroll Robinson:
“Houston Community College has hired a law firm to investigate an accusation that trustee Carroll Robinson tried to steer part of a multi-million dollar construction contract to a company owned by a close friend…”
Conveniently left out of the Chronicle article is what REALLY needs to be investigated—the HCC Contract with Qatar—and is exactly what I reported Bruce Austin told the Chronicle Editorial Board in this post:
“HCC District II trustee incumbent Bruce Austin went before the Houston Chronicle board the other day. According to a source with intimate knowledge of the meeting, Austin admitted HCC is looking into two accounts; one is the account associated with Qatar and the second is related to the 2008 bond money.”
This statement from HCC District IV Carroll Robinson’s website has since been removed–good thing I transcribed it!
“HCC’s Contract with Qatar The Qatar contract was not reviewed by any lawyer before $43 million of local taxpayers money was committed to help a foreign government while tens of thousands of Houston area residents still need financial help to attend HCC to secure an associate degree or workforce retraining. This happened before I was elected last year – November 2011. I support terminating this contract immediately.”
Since First Assistant County Attorney Soard is examining residency requirements of elected officials, perhaps he might look into—oh, I don’t know—the residency of one Texas State Representative Jessica Farrar.
I mean, that would be welcomed and relevant to his suit against Wilson, right?
Especially since a Harris County grand jury has “no-billed” abortion doctor Douglas Karpen—
Ms. Farrar has a residence in Houston—as does her husband attorney Marco Sanchez; oh no WAIT! Mr. Sanchez, according to the State Bar of Texas website, lists his work address in Austin, Texas so he must live in Austin—–live separately from his wife Jessica Farrar.
Everyone over at HCC is scared of the audits into the Qatar account and the 2012 HCC bond issue.
What an interesting 2014 we have on the horizon.