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DIALOGUE BULLOCK BITES BACK Shame on you for suggesting that my support of Governor George Bush for a second term is somehow hurting Land Commissioner Garry Mauro’s election chances \(EdGarry was some fifty points behind in the polls before I said a thing. Governor Bush has consistently put the best interest of Texas first before partisanship and politics. And that is the way it should be. When I see the senseless political gridlock in Washington it raises the question whether anyone cares about what’s good for America or Texas, or whether they dwell only on what will benefit the Republican or Democratic party. Governor Bush has used his talent and energy to bring positive change to our state in welfare reform, education, tort reform and a stronger criminal justice system. I respect Garry Mauro and I wish he were running for re-election as Texas’ Land Commissioner. I’d support him because his record shows he has earned it. Columnists and political cynics can suggest I have broken with Democratic candidates. However, Comptroller John Sharp, Paul Hobby, Supreme Court Justice Rose Spector, to name a few, as well as the Texas Democratic Senators, have my endorsement and support. You should urge your readers to focus on the issues and not the personalities or party labels. Bob Bullock Lieutenant Governor SWINE FLU? Thanks to Robert Bryce for a good article on Chairman McBee and the TNRCC \(“God’s Steward at the TNRCC,” Decemobservations. First of all, Barry McBee is a better chairman than John Hall was, only in the sense that flu is a better illness than a cold: It takes you out faster and harder and keeps you down longer. And sometimes it kills you. Lately I keep hearing what a good friend Mr. Hall was to business, but during his tenure he was praised by both business and environmental groups. If he was doing such a poor job of enforcement, what prompted the epic tongue-lashing by Bob Bullock? And speaking of Bob Bullock, let’s not forget his role in giving us the current incarnation of the TNRCC. I suppose it was mere coincidence that, following the reining-in of John Hall, the TNRCC chose Bullock lieutenant Dan Pearson as its Executive Director. Ya think? I spent more than fifteen years working for the TNRCC and its predecessors. Used to be proud to work there. Robert L. Blau Austin ANYBODY BUT…? I have voted a straight Democratic ticket since I have been able to vote, but the recent snubbing of Judge Morris Overstreet, Democratic candidate for Texas Attorney General, leaves me wondering if too many of the power brokers in the Democratic party are still wearing hoods in secret. Judge Overstreet was the only Democrat challenging Morales for Texas Attorney General, but when Morales bowed out of the race, he didn’t nod toward Judge Overstreet’s direction. Neither did the Democratic party. Neither did the media. In fact, everyone seems to be looking for any other white man to run instead of embracing a very qualified candidate, Judge Overstreet, who is the first African American elected to a statewide position in the history of Texas! Mayor Bob Lanier does not have the Write Dialogue The Texas Observer 307 W. 7th St. Austin, TX 78701 [email protected] Readers are invited to submit letters on any subject addressed in the Observer, and we ask that letters generally be and to the point. We reserve the right to edit for libel and clarity \(eliminating but we generally try to leave well enough alone. Letters may be submit e-mail at our new e-mail address: editors @ texasobserver.org A Judge Morris Overstreet Alan Pogue qualifications of Judge Overstreet. Jim Mattox has already had his turn at the office and lost the last two races he ran. But I guess the fact that they are both white men makes them more viable candidates. I always thought the Democratic party was the one that was not racist. I thought the Democratic party was inclusive and supportive of people who work hard and excel regardless of their skin color. I could understand this turn of events if we were talking about the Republican party, but when Morales made his announcement December 2, I fully expected to see the Democratic party endorse the remaining candidate as the person for the job. The people who are considering running now seem to be short-sighted opportunists. If they really wanted to be Attorney General, they would have announced at least around the time that Judge Overstreet did, in June. I think there are many voters like me who consider Judge Overstreet as a very able candidate for Attorney General. Either the Democratic party powers are out of step with the people or they are too far in the South to consider the qualifications of an African American running for this executive position. Renee Fisher Austin 4 THE TEXAS OBSERVER DECEMBER 19, 1997