Well, I'm not going to lie. I woke up with a smile on my face this morning.
I keep remembering that in December of 2008, I got fired from the same job by two different people. Last night, Pat Lykos got fired by 90,842 people.
My analysis of the election is mostly just a confirmation of what I've always thought. In 2008, Lykos and Leitner won the Election only by getting into a run-off with Kelly Siegler. The 2008 election wasn't the rejection of Kelly -- it was just the successful manipulation of politics by Lykos. I have been cautiously optimistic about the 2012 Election ever since we learned it was only going to be a two-person race.
The fact that the voters in Harris County got the message from the Criminal Justice Center is a relief. Time and time again, I heard the old line about how "nobody cares what is going on in the CJC other than the lawyers" and that those things Lykos was doing didn't bother the General Public. I kept remembering back in 2002 when a judge named Janice Law did such a bad job on the bench that she didn't make a run-off in her own primary as an incumbent. I had to hope that if the word filtered to the public about Judge Law's poor performance then, surely Lykos' performance would be known as well.
The fact that Judge Anderson's victory over Lykos was so crushing seems to illustrate that assessment was correct.
There were a lot of ecstatic Harris County prosecutors at the Anderson Party last night. I'm so very happy for all of them. When I got canned by Lykos in 2008, I kept saying that I was afraid "the living would come to envy the dead," and sadly, I was right. The Lykos Administration ran off over 90 prosecutors in four years, and quite frankly, I'm surprised that was all. Those who stayed there for the past four years and just kept on doing their job have my admiration. I honestly don't know what I would have done under the circumstances.
You all deserve a huge round of applause. Even if Pat Lykos moves you all to the Justice of the Peace Division for the next seven months.
Lloyd Oliver's victory is an absolute stunner, and if anyone thinks that means an easy November, think again. Zack Fertitta is a million times more qualified than Lloyd ever thought of being and he lost. If you think that isn't a possibility of happening in the Fall, think again. Unless the Election is going to be decided by a Spelling Bee, we need to get ready to work every bit as hard in the Fall as we did in the Spring.
Speaking of Zack, if there is any silver lining to the Democratic race, it means that there won't be an ugly campaign between Fertitta and Anderson. Zack Fertitta is a good man and he was running to help an Office that he cared about like we all do. I appreciate him running and making the effort. Last night's Democratic race speaks volumes about the lack of information the Dems had.
Kristin Guiney proved last night that you cannot buy an election (no matter how many poll workers you hire off of Craigslist) with her trouncing of Lana Shadwick. I couldn't be more happy for her. Big congratulations also go out to Ryan Patrick and Renee Magee, who won their (not-quite-as-hotly-contested) races, as well.
No evening is ever perfect. Joe Vinas lost to Robert Summerlin, which is a shame. Joe was the better and more experienced candidate. On a selfish level, I'm glad that he's staying as a prosecutor, though. He will succeed no matter where he goes.
Crickets are chirping over on Don Hooper's blog, although I don't expect that to last. I don't think he ever realized that his words of hatred did very little for his cause. Instead, they inspired a legion of people to work even harder to beat Pat Lykos.
I have no idea what Rachel Palmer's career will be from here on out at the D.A.'s Office, but I would guess her days are numbered. A while ago, I heard through the grapevine that she was promised a job by Robert Talton if he wins the County Attorney's seat.
Gary Polland showed that he is still as non-influential as he has ever been. The endorsements he gave in the Criminal Courthouse Elections were roundly rejected. That's ironic since he was the only one of the slate mailers who worked in the criminal arena. I guess the message is that Gary's reputation in the CJC world is pretty the same in the outside world as well. He's just a putz and his recommendations mean nothing.
And finally, many people have asked me what I would do (and or blog about) if Lykos lost. Well, I guess I'm going to just keep going to work. I told Judge Anderson when he first announced that I wanted to help him and that I didn't want my job back in return. I just wanted a good leader back in that Office.
He more than lived up to his end of the bargain.
So, we'll see what topics come up in the months and years to come. I'm sure Lykos will give me some material over the next seven months.
In the meantime, I'm going to start doing more non-profit work, and I would like your help. I'm asking that all my readers donate to an Adult Literacy Campaign in the name of Don Hooper. You don't have to sign your name to it.
Just send a check in the amount of $49.99 and we'll all know where it came from.