Just when you thought politics in the City of Houston couldn’t get stranger, along comes Roy Morales. Believe me, if you know Roy Morales, you know there is no end to strange. Yesterday, he filed for a Temporary Restraining Order against Mayor Annise Parker and City Council to keep them from putting Michael Kubosh on the ballot.
Roy Morales Temporary Restraining Order
Roy is claiming that Michael does not live in the City of Houston and his “proof” is that Michael registered a couple of cars at an address in Cypress and that “irreparable” harm will come to Roy if Michael is allowed on the ballot.
Yep, irreparable harm would certainly come because ol’ Roy will lose.
There is also an interesting angle on the lawyer that Roy used to file the suit. I’ll have more on that later this morning.
I have a copy of Mike Kubosh’s response to Roy’s TRO request. It is quite entertaining, as we would expect.
Michael Kubosh response to Roy Morales TRO request.
Before proceeding with this suit, this Court should ask the preliminary question of whether George M. Bishop of Chappell Hill, Texas, the attorney who drafted these papers and filed suit through his friend Frank Svetlik, is the same George Bishop disbarred from practicing law through State Bar and criminal enforcement proceedings.
See, e.g., Bishop v. State Bar of Tex., 791 F.2d 435 (5th Cir. 1986), a true copy of which is attached as Defendant’s Exhibit 1.
Note that a George M. Bishop was the husband of former Judge Caprice Cosper and served time in prison for tax evasion. Background from the Houston Press: Bishop’s Endgame and Bishop Is Back.
Defendant Mike Kubosh denies that he is currently a resident of Cypress, Harris County, Texas and avers, instead, that he is and has been a resident of the City of Houston at all times relevant to this lawsuit.
Plaintiff Morales is not entitled to a Temporary Restraining Order (“T.R.O.”) or other injunctive relief because he waived the right to challenge Defendant Mike Kubosh’s residency before City Council (Mayor Annise Parker and Council Members Helena Brown, Jerry Davis, Ellen Cohen, Wanda Adams, Dave Martin, Al Hoang, Oliver Pennington, Ed Gonzalez, James G. Rodriguez, Mike Laster, Larry Green, Stephen C. Costello, Andrew C. Burks, Jr., Melissa Noriaga, C.O. Bradford and Jack Christie) during the year prior to the November 5, 2013 election.
Plaintiff Morales seeks a Temporary Restraining Order (“T.R.O.”) that confronts Defendant Mike Kubosh with irreparable injury, that is, the unreasonable denial of the voter-conferred right to defeat Plaintiff Morales in the City Council runoff election scheduled to occur in December 2013, the deprivation of the right to appear on the ballot at the beginning of the runoff campaign, and the loss of all of the time, money, and energy Defendant Kubosh has already devoted to this case.
Heh, gotta love that last one – the unreasonable denial of the voter-conferred right to defeat Plaintiff Morales in the City Council runoff election. Hey, didn’t I say that already?
Yes indeed, that George M. Bishop is the same George M. Bishop that was married to and remains close to former Judge Caprice Cosper based on the address listed on the Morales suit. From the Washington County Appraisal District:
After a hearing that lasted less than 30 minutes, Judge Michael Landrum denied Roy’s request for a TRO.
State law needs to change to treat a property with a homestead exemption as the residence for voting/office holding purposes. I am tired of people pretending to live in the area they want to represent.
Tom Zakes says
to quote Shakespeare: Methinks the lady doth protest too much.
If Kubosh should not have been on the ballot, the time to bring it up would have been prior to the general election. Certainly, he can’t say that he just found out about the allegations that Kubosh lives in Cypress.
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Yvonne Larsen says
The case Mike cited in his response to Roy–Mills v Bartlett–is the same case Adrian Heath, Jim Jenkins in The Woodlands Road Utility Ditrict cited in their defense.
Well, not living in the City has not stopped lots of other politicians from serving on Houston City Council, but from time to time voters have shown disapproval (Jack Christie’s first run, with the unkempt property and swimming pool, Rob Mosbacher’s move into the city after years in West U, perhaps Al Hoang’s recent upset). It does seem unfair that Kubosh claims a homestead exemption on a $300,000 home of 3000 square feet in Cypress, but uses a rented apartment in town as his voting address. Nonetheless, I side with Zakes, that this is not something new or surprising since Nov. 5.
Berna Mac says
Roy Morales himself knows all aboat living one area and running for congressional seat like he did before and in which he did not himself lived at all…BUT HIS intentions as he stated was to move into that district should he win. Crazy…isn’t it how time makes him forget his own behavior. I know that Micheal lives in the City of Houston and has many other properties he owns in the City of Houston sooo what!!! I fall under that shoes too and I could run and David knows that from my Houston address too.
This is unfair, comparing applies and oranges. The Constitution only requires that a candidate for US Congress live within the same state. The law requires that a city council candidate live within the city, If Roy had tried to run for congress in Louisiana, that would be the right comparison.
Mark Armstrong says
Kudos to Mr. Jennings for covering this. I searched the Houston Comical, KHOU, KPRC,KTRK, and KRIV without finding any mention of this. However, I did hear one report of Mr. Morales’ failed attempt on News 92.1 (an FM news station).
joshua ben bullard says
When I said I was thinking roy may pull another rabbit from his hat,my god I hope this wasn’t it roy…lol lol lol
Paul Kubosh says
Ross…..you should have stopped by to hear the evidence yesterday.
I didn’t think Morales had a leg to stand on, and was wasting everyone’s time and money by filing the motion. State law is the problem, and that’s not changing any time soon.
Paul Kubosh says
Mainstream….same thing I said to Ross. Yiu could have heard the testimony live.
Been really busy this week. What else have I missed? (This is Thursday night.)