As you know, the Harris County District Attorney’s race is the hottest local race on the November ballot. The Houston Chronicle’s Brian Rogers writes that current DA Devon Anderson has decided to skip further debates.
Producers of the KUHT show, “Red, White & Blue,” about Houston politics, had announced on Sept. 27 that a second debate between incumbent Republican District Attorney Devon Anderson and Democratic challenger Kim Ogg would be taped and aired on the local PBS station.
Three days after the announcement, however, Anderson cancelled, according to Gary Polland, a Republican who co-hosts the show with Democrat David Jones.
Officials with Anderson’s campaign said Wednesday that she has already debated Ogg.
“We did debate. All media was invited. KPRC streamed it live,” said Sara Kinney, a spokeswoman for Anderson’s campaign. “We never agreed to ‘Red White & Blue.’ There was no ‘abruptly cancelled’ anything.”
I don’t blame Anderson for skipping further debates. Most of the people that watch them are people that have already made up their minds. The debates are mostly for partisan insiders hoping that (a) their candidate doesn’t screw up and (b) that the other candidate does. One debate is plenty for people that haven’t made up their minds to compare the candidates. After watching the debate online, I’d say that both candidates held their own for their respective campaigns. If you want criminal justice reform at the office, Kim Ogg probably appealed to you. If you want the office to continue to take a hard line on people with minor drug offenses, Anderson probably appealed to you.
Most voters are going to vote straight ticket, which at this point looks bad for Anderson. But don’t forget, the Republican managed to win the office in 2008 and 2012 even with President Obama on the ballot and Hillary Clinton isn’t Obama. Then again, Donald Trump isn’t John McCain or Mitt Romney. But HCRP Chair Paul Simpson has promised to win the county with a strong ground game and GOTV effort.
Add that to this endorsement and Anderson just might hang on:
“Devon Anderson believes that people who abuse animals represent a real threat to the community and deserve special prosecution,” said Representative Davis. “She understands the danger these people pose to this community. As the chief law enforcement officer in Texas’ most populous county, Devon Anderson is someone that we in the legislature look to for advice and direction on criminal justice issues. She is my go-to on public safety issues and that’s why I am voting to reelect Devon Anderson.”
That’s right, Anderson picked up the endorsement of the only pro-choice, liberal Republican in the Texas Legislature. Which, given Anderson’s protection of Planned Parenthood, makes sense. So Anderson loses the votes of those who abhor the selling of body parts ripped from little babies but gains the support of those who think that people who abuse animals represent the real threat to the community.
Shaking my head. Heck of an election year.