The fur is flying in a couple of ethics investigations.
Unfortunately it looks like the good guys stepped in poo.
As I pointed out, when Representatives Svarzbein, Tolbert, Limon, and Niland, met with the Mayor and some of the people who are trying to save the Duranguito neighborhood, it was the definition of a walking quorum.
Even when you’re trying to do the right thing, you have to follow the rules.
But it seems like it would be hard to ever get anything done unless there was some discussion before the Representatives stepped onto the dais.
You’ve seen the meetings. Some of our representatives are dumber than a bag of doorknobs. Can you imagine explaining the issues to them in front of their constituents? You might as well try to teach a dog calculus.
Look at the endless discussions that address the less-than-hot button issues, like contract awards, or extensions. Our representatives worry those issues to death, because no one told them how they’re supposed to vote.
So how does anything ever get done? I mean, without walking quorums.
Through cutouts. Intermediaries. Lobbyists. Consiglieres. Bag men.
Don’t you think there was prior discussion when the Council voted 7-0 to put the arena in Duranguito? Someone had prepped the Council. Someone had advised them. Someone had lined up their ducks, and put the vote in order.
And I’m sure that someone followed the letter of the law. Through the use of cutouts.
That these four Representatives (apparently) violated the Texas Open Meetings Act by implementing a walking quorum doesn’t mean that they’re less ethical than the others. It just means that they’re less sophisticated at circumventing the intention of the law.