Of course Dave denied it. His drastic and sudden support of Pat Lykos had absolutely nothing to do with the fact that Benzion had just become the Office's newest employee. The fact that Dave scored an interview with Lykos at the same time she was dodging every major news network in the city was completely coincidental. The fact that she then used all of the great things he said about her was also coincidental. He was completely neutral, he protested.
When he posted his picture with her at one of the debates, Dave wrote with the enthusiasm of a 12-year-old girl who had just met Beyonce. He was so very excited, even though Lykos didn't know who he was (according to him). He was still neutral, of course. A political blogger suddenly having such favored access from the person who would be at the head of the local Republican ticket would never sway someone with such journalistic integrity, right?
He was completely detached and neutral.
Perhaps you received Pat Lykos' negative slam piece on Mike Anderson this week. Did you notice the picture of Judge Anderson arguing during the debate? Lykos wants to call him "angry" and I suppose given the expression on his face, maybe he appears to be. Let's keep in mind that he was in the middle of a heated debate, however. He wasn't screaming at Girl Scouts or anything.
That picture was taken by Big Jolly. Good ole' completely neutral Big Jolly. He had posted it on his website at the time it was taken (along with that picture of himself and Lykos). He also had been letting that bastion-of-credibility, Don Hooper, use it on his blog (the one slandering Judges and his wife's fellow prosecutors, and stating how many people he was going to get fired soon). You might also note that all of the good quotes slamming Judge Anderson on that mail-out also come from Dave, as well.
Having worked with and around the races affecting the CJC over the past few years, I've come to terms with the fact that not everyone agrees with me. It isn't personal, and I can still be friends with someone no matter how deranged their political ideals are.
But Big Jolly is different.
He holds himself out as just a spectator and interested, avid viewer of Republican Politics, but he's acting as a campaign agent for one of the candidates. At some point, that would be like Betty Crocker judging a cooking contest that she was competing in.
It is perfectly fine to advocate for one candidate over another, but don't do so while pretending that you are just merely doing an analysis.
As we get closer to the election, Big Jolly is getting testier and more out of bounds with what he is saying about Judge Anderson and prosecutors that used to work for the D.A.'s Office before Lykos came to town. Recently in a blog post (that I won't dignify by linking to), he referred to anyone who wanted to go back to the way it was before Lykos:
"Perhaps this is part of the good ol' days that he [Anderson] keeps referring to. You know, the days when you hung 'em high in the morning, then got high in the afternoon? Dang, that almost sounds like a country song."To which I reply to Dave: You've lost touch with reality. Now you are insinuating drug use at the D.A.'s Office before Lykos? You've got to be freaking kidding me. Not even Lykos has said that. She's not really in a place to throw stones at the moment, though. There are some personal behavior scandals within her office as we speak that she is doing everything in her power to keep a tight lid on.
As a former prosecutor who has never gotten high in his life, I take offense. I take BIG offense.
Dave follows up with perhaps an additional reason to dislike Mike Anderson in a strange reply to me on his blog.
"And I gotta tell ya, this one [winning the election for Lykos] will be easy. So be sure and tell that jerk of a consultant that your guy hired that I said Cheers."Funny. You know who else likes to tell his enemies "Cheers?" David Benzion. So, apparently Big Jolly doesn't like Judge Anderson's campaign consultant. Okay.
Anyway, to say that I'm disappointed in Big Jolly is an understatement. I stand by my earlier accusation that he has been (and still is) working as a shill for Pat Lykos and David Benzion.
By the way, a quick glance at the Texas Tribune website doesn't indicate David Benzion works for the Harris County District Attorney's Office. That makes me wonder why he is taking up office space over there. Perhaps he is just writing all those grants that he got hired to write for free.