What do you say to a man that you have all the respect in the world for, without sounding like you are doing blatant pandering?
Long before I ever set foot in Harris County, let alone the District Attorney's Office, you were a name that I knew as the "Gold Standard" for integrity, talent, and work ethic.
In the days when the D.A.'s office was wrapped in the uncertainty and a lack of leadership due to the actions of Chuck Rosenthal, you were the person that numerous ADAs called to ask you if you would help them.
And you answered that call by throwing your name into the race. You had nothing to gain by doing so. You were inviting scrutiny into your life. You invited a political headache. You invited administrative problems that would make your head spin. Not to mention, that you probably invited a salary cut.
You did all of this because you wanted to protect the name and the integrity of everything that makes up the Harris County Criminal Justice System. And for that, you have my eternal gratitude.
My respect? Well, you had that long before the events that followed December 27th, 2007.
You faced an uphill battle from the start, because of name recognition and funding, yet you ran on a principle of integrity. That integrity gave you a sizeable amount of the voting percentage, but in today's day and age, that sadly, just wasn't enough.
Tomorrow is a new day in the political world that is the District Attorney's race. Many people will be looking to you to see what you do.
In 2000, you endorsed Pat Lykos. That made sense. She is someone you've known for a long time. And then, her opponent was Chuck Rosenthal.
But today, I implore you not to do the same thing.
You may have your disagreements with Kelly Siegler, but you know that she isn't Chuck Rosenthal.
You've had your battles, but you know that after all that has happened, that she will change the Office. No candidate after Chuck's fiasco can do anything other than change.
Pat Lykos will be looking for your endorsement tomorrow.
Please don't give it to her.
You know the people that comprise the District Attorney's Office.
You know as a whole that they are good people who do strive to do the right thing.
You know that Pat Lykos will systematically fire the ones who dared to oppose her, regardless of their integrity, work ethic, or devotion to Justice.
And you know that Pat Lykos has no business being in charge of the Office.
The Defense Bar doesn't want her as the District Attorney, any more than the Assistant D.A.'s do. You know that speaks volumes.
I won't be so blatant as to ask you to endorse Kelly.
But if you can't do that, just, please, don't endorse Pat Lykos. Virtually every lawyer who sets foot inside of the CJC would suffer from the ramifications of that.
I say this with all of the respect in the world for you, Jim.
I appreciate your consideration.