Wow! What an election day for truth and commonsense in Houston yesterday! Voters turned out in droves and defeated Mayor Annise Parker’s “personal” unequal rights ordinance (HERO). As I said on Facebook, it feels GREAT to win one!
The supporters of HERO were deceptive, mean, nasty, and just plain obnoxious. I’m happy, no THRILLED, that voters stood up for what is right and said no.
It was a good day overall for those of us wanting better city government for Houston. Although he wasn’t my choice, and frankly is about as conservative as Sylvester Turner, Bill King made the runoff. If he wins the runoff and follows through on a quarter of his promises, the City of Houston will be much, much better off in the future.
My friend Mike Kubosh was the only elected official not in a runoff. And because the voters approved a change in term limits, he’ll be there for four more years. AWESOME!
Bill Frazer led the controller’s race. This is probably the second most important race that was on the ballot after HERO. If he can somehow win the runoff, he can use his expertise to let voters know the truth about the city’s finances. If that happens, more and more Republicans will be successful in council races and maybe, just maybe, we can turn this Detroit ship around.
What this election tells me is that people are tired of being bullied about false issues. There never was a need for Parker to introduce such a divisive ordinance. Houston is generally regarded as the most diverse metropolitan city in the nation. For goodness sake, Parker was elected 9 times in 18 years by the very people she now calls bigots. Fascinating.
Mark my words, there will be NO negative economic impact to the city because HERO is repealed. None. The only negative economic impact comes from Parker’s six years in office. Hopefully, King wins and is able to reverse some of the damage she has done to the city.
I would be remiss if I didn’t congratulate those primarily responsible for defeating HERO. Thank you Jared Woodfill for being courageous enough to stick your neck out in the face of nasty, nasty people. Thank you Dr. Steven Hotze and Al Hartmann for funding this effort and taking the abuse inherent in dealing with nasty, nasty people.
For now, let’s just celebrate a very big win in the war against tradition, bloated bureaucracies, and unnecessary laws. And then get to work tomorrow on helping the conservatives in the runoffs.