I've been running this blog for about three and a half years now. According to my Stat Counter, this will be my 788th post. I've received 10,482 comments. I've gotten 1,143,398 "hits." Other than a brief dalliance with something called "Ad Sense" in my second year, I've never taken a dime for what I write.
I've gotten used to the trends and the writings of commenters. I know what posts will have prosecutors bashing me. I know which ones will have the defense bashing me. I know that I can write a post on liking puppies and Rage will find a way to get into a fight with someone over it. I can usually make a pretty good guess on who the anonymous authors of substantive comments are.
I know my blog and I understand it for better or for worse.
But the one thing that I have never understood is the fascination the Republican Party has with Pat Lykos, and why they seem to consider her such a Republican Juggernaut for the 2012 election.
In the 2008 Republican Election, Kelly Siegler received 58,208 votes (41.31%) versus Lykos' 44,014 (31.24%). As we all know, that election went to a run-off where Kelly Siegler received 18,962 votes (47.32%) and Lykos won the election with 21,106 votes (52.68%). Yes, all is fair in love and run-offs, but I have never quite gotten why Lykos so many people think that the general voting Republican loves Lykos so much. If you add the numbers of both elections, Kelly still received 77,170 votes compared to Lykos' 65,120. That's a difference of 12,050 votes.
Lykos had her "ringers" in the 2008 election with Leitner and that odd Doug Perry guy that forced a run-off, and that, my Republican friends, is the only reason she won. So, I suppose if the Republican Party Leaders thinks that their best example is the one who best manipulated the election system, that's a pretty sad statement.
Some die-hard Pat Fans will point out that she was one of only a handful of Republican survivors in the 2008 Democrat Sweep, and therefore, she must be the Chosen One. Lykos did not win the 2008 election; rather, she simply failed to lose it. In a race against a disgraced former police chief who had some of the City's worst scandals permanently tied to him (DNA lab, K-Mart raids, etc.), she won by a stunning margin of 4,784 votes (.42% of all votes cast). She certainly didn't carry the rest of the ticket, did she?
In running against someone as bad as C.O. Bradford, that margin should have been higher, regardless of whether or not Obama Fever was sweeping Harris County. Amusingly, if you were to add up Siegler's numbers with Bradford's, they still got more votes than Lykos ever did.
I understand that there are some diehard Pat Fans that have known her since 1982 and would vote for her even if she was running against Ronald Reagan.
But to the rest of the Republicans who have a mind of their own, I'm kind of wondering what you think is so Republican about Pat Lykos in the first place?
I'm sure she can give a fantastic speech about being Pro-Life and a long-time Republican. That's super.
But the position she has run for and won is that of Harris County District Attorney. Her abortion beliefs have about as much relevance to the job as whether or not she drinks Bud Lite because it tastes great or because it is less filling.
She's supposed to enforce the laws set forth by the Texas Legislature and administer Justice -- nothing more, and certainly nothing less. Her administration of the job she was elected to do has flown in the face of the principles the Republican Party is typically known for.
Traditionally, the Republican Party has been known for its Pro-Death Penalty Stance. Pat Lykos has dodged those types of cases religiously. Her decision to plead Randy Sylvester to life in prison for the murder of his two children was nothing short of cowardice. If anyone ever deserved the death penalty, it was Sylvester. Lykos is now so celebrated for her anti-Death Penalty stance that she was even invited over to England on behalf of the Innocence Project.
Republicans are known for shunning ideas of "political correctness" and forging ahead with what they believe is right. Pat Lykos attempted to destroy the careers of two highly respected prosecutors by bashing them in the press when she thought they had done something politically incorrect. She didn't even bother to get the facts straight before talking.
Republicans are known for the unwavering support for police officers. Pat Lykos pled a cop killer to 40 years in prison. He wasn't even convicted of Capital Murder. It is no wonder the police unions spoke out against her. (NOTE: For those Lykos supporters who want to grumble that Republicans are anti-Union, please remember you are talking about a group of POLICE unions -- not the Teamster's).
Republicans (at least, theoretically) are supposed to be the Party of Lincoln. Yet, Lykos' early personnel moves showed retaliation and racism.
Republicans are generally thought of as the "tough on crime" Party, yet Lykos created the DIVERT program which gives all DWI first offenders a free pass on their DWIs, and has now made it possible for a person to have three DWI cases against them before it is considered a felony. Additionally, her decision not to file crack pipe residue cases has not made the police very happy, seeing as how the Penal Code kind of allows for it.
Most importantly, Lykos has lacked integrity since the day she set foot in that Office. Actually, she lacked it waaaay before then, but I only have so much time to write. She has promoted political cronies (like Roger Bridgwater, Jim Leitner, Hannah Chow and Lana Shadwick) to soft positions where their lack of intellect won't be blatantly revealed, while running off experienced prosecutors with excellent reputations in droves. Those experienced prosecutors who still remain at the Office have had their discretion and authority taken away from them to the degree that courts have become gridlocked with otherwise resolvable cases.
In short, Pat Lykos has virtually destroyed the Harris County District Attorney's Office.
So Republican activists, when Jared Woodfill or your Precinct Chair comes to you and tells you that a vote for Pat Lykos is good for the Party and she is a shining example of your Conservative Values, you may want to ask them for some examples. I'd like to hear the answers.
I know that I'm going to get bashed by several sections of blog readers for this post. That's okay. I expect it and I understand it.
But, I'll be damned if I can understand why the Republican Leadership seems to think that Pat Lykos is a candidate that adheres to their values.