It was a beautiful day for a rally and Houston firefighters made the most of it. A huge crowd rallied first at George HW Bush Monument Park (Bagby and Franklin) and then marched to City Hall to protest Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner’s refusal to implement or even negotiate the proposition that Houston voters passed last year.
A series of speakers kept the crowd energized and boisterous. Houston City Council member Dwight Boykins told the crowd that he was going to propose three amendments at the next council meeting that would stop Turner’s proposed layoffs (Charles Blain has the details at Texas Scorecard).
Houston Professional Fire Fighters Association President Marty Lancton really fired the crowd up talking about the Turner administration’s untruthfulness. The crowd erupted when he said, “Let me reiterate this: We are going to win this fight.” My favorite line was when he said something along the lines of “I’m no editorial board expert but the Houston Chronicle editorial board is not an example of a good one” when he talked about board’s treatment of Prop B.
Lancton comes across as authentic and reasonable, the exact opposite of Sylvester Turner and his ridiculously incompetent spokespersons. If you want to know more about this issue, you should listen to yesterday’s Michael Berry show by clicking here.
I saw mayoral candidate Tony Buzbee in the crowd sporting one of the yellow Houston Fire Fighters t-shirts. That was a nice touch, wearing that instead of a campaign t-shirt. He seems like a regular guy that just wants to make the city better. I didn’t see Bill King there but when I was reviewing the pictures, I saw that he was there, also wearing a yellow t-shirt but it said Bill King for mayor. Hopefully one of those guys rids us of the stench of the Sylvester Turner administration.