In my report on the Harris County Department of Education’s Board of Trustees vote against a tax rate increase, I chose not to focus on the feud between two trustees: Roy Morales and Mike Wolfe. First off, blog posts should be as short as possible and secondly, the main thrust of that post was that the Republican dominated board held the line on taxes. I had every intention of doing a second post about the meeting because there was so much material. I didn’t realize that the two would continue feuding in the interim.
First from Wolfe after the vote:
Once again, Roy Morales changed his mind at the last minute and voted for my original proposal.
This morning from Morales (spelling is his, not mine):
Why does Michael Wolfe continue to lie and decieve the public? The record shows that Trustee Roy Morales made the motion to freeze property taxes for Harris County residents and proposed adopting the Effective Tax Rate. Trustee Marvi Morris second the motion. The vote was 5 for and 2 against. Why would anyone vote for Michael Wolfe with his record of unthical behavior. Has the public forgotten that he was fired by the Harris County Republican Party as the 2008 Primary Director for unethical behavior (See Bettancourt Saves GOP from Wolfe.http://www.chron.com/default/article/Bettencourt-saves-GOP-from-Wolfe-1782526.php)?
Heh, Morales manages to get Tio Pablo (aka Paul Bettencourt) involved! Nice touch!
The truth is that the record will show that Morales voted FOR the tax increase before he made a motion to reduce the rate to the ETR. The record might well show that Trustee Marvin Morris seconded the motion – that will be up to the board secretary, who will have to flip a coin because both Morris and Wolfe seconded the motion at the same time. The record also shows that the ETR is what Morris and Wolfe proposed in the first place.
So I’m at a loss as to Morales’ assertion that Wolfe continues to lie and deceive. During the board meeting on Tuesday, Morales did respond to Wolfe’s original charges, saying that there are multiple divisions of Phonoscope and that the division he works for has nothing to do with the division that will likely be involved with the new for-profit business dealing with cloud computing. Morales confirmed that he did consider resigning the board in order to pursue an out of county opportunity but decided to stay because he wanted to continue his work on the Harris County Department of Education in order to help the children.
I was very disappointed in Wolfe for trying to hide their feud away from the prying eyes of the public. When Board President Angie Chesnut moved to agenda item 5F, Wolfe made a motion to move it to executive decision, to which Morales went nuts, chiding Wolfe for always talking about transparency but then wanting to hide. I thought it was a well deserved punch. I asked Wolfe after the meeting why he did it and he told me that a couple of other board members had wanted to keep the board’s dirty laundry from being public. Well, fine, but let those members make the motion – Wolfe should know better.
Now see there? This post is already too long and I still have lots of stuff from that meeting. Some other time.
BTW, you can hear Morales yourself today at noon. He’ll be the speaker at the Downtown Houston Pachyderm Club’s weekly meeting at the Spaghetti Warehouse. Come on down, you’ll meet a lot of good people and have a cheap meal. And maybe figure out why a Republican is telling people not to vote for a fellow Republican.