Harris County Judge Ed Emmett made it official today and signed the paperwork to run for re-election.
This morning, I filed for re-election for Harris County Judge. While we’ve had many rewarding successes, we’ve still got work to do. But the people of Harris County have never been afraid of work, and I look forward to standing with them for the next four years through whatever challenges come our way. For more information about our campaign, please visit www.edemmett.com
The biggest decision for Harris County Republicans is this: will Harris County Judge Ed Emmettrun again? Tough call. On the one hand, he is the most popular Republican in Harris County in any General Election. And that is a simple fact based upon the number of votes he gets when he runs. On the other hand, he has a beautiful family, more grandchildren than I have fingers (and thumbs) and maybe it is time to enjoy life.
I’ve talked to Ed several times over the last few weeks about his decision. At one point, he told me he had already written the annual letter that he gives to his staff about the state of the county with one exception – the last paragraph with his intentions. And this afternoon, he told me that he still hasn’t decided and that he and his wife Gwen are going to make that decision tonight and announce it to his staff tomorrow morning.
Well, between you, me and the fencepost, I hope he chooses to run one more time. As a conservative, that is a natural position for me to take. As in, the devil you know is always better than the one you don’t. Or something like that. Plus, he has done more for Harris County Republicans and governance than anyone that I can think of. And my goodness, I can’t even imagine what Gwen is going to do with all of that energy he has. The guy is a perpetual motion machine. Sitting on a rocking chair is probably okay for a few minutes but then what? I mean, seriously, then what? C’mon Ed, give Gwen a break. Sort of like this guy’s wife says.
And then the very next day this happened? At that point I thought we were home free.
Little did I know that this would happen:
On Aug. 15, during a work trip to Victoria, the longtime Harris County judge suffered a minor microvascular ischemia, a clot in a blood vessel in his brain. It blew out his fourth cranial nerve, causing a stroke.
“I felt fine. I just couldn’t see. I was seeing double images at all kind of angles,” Emmett describes. “I was helicoptered back to Memorial Hermann and I was in their stroke unit all day. Of course, I was told to take it easy for a while.”
Good grief! When I saw the headline, I about had a stroke myself! I don’t call it a bro-mance, I call it a pol-mance, as in Ed is my favorite politician, as I’ve said many times.
It probably won’t be as easy for him to win this year given the current political climate. This will be the last big election in Harris County with the straight party option on the ballot unless something changes. Normally he is able to get a good chunk of Democrats to cross over and vote for him but these are crazy times. Hopefully that will happen again in 2018 but he is going to need all the support he can get.
In the off chance that you don’t know much about Judge Emmett, you can visit his website.