Per Brian's article, the reasoning that Birnberg cites is that Oliver stated publicly that outgoing District Attorney Pat Lykos "was such a good candidate that she 'would have gotten my vote.'"
Now that's interesting. There are about two million reasons to not want Lloyd Oliver to be the Democratic face of the District Attorney's race. Half of them can be found in this video. His vocal support for Lykos, although odd, seems like the least of the reasons the Dems would want Lloyd off of the ballot.
The reality is that Lloyd Oliver is an embarrassment to whichever party he finds himself running with. It just so happens that this election cycle finds him running with the Dems.
Late last year, it became clear that the Democratic Party of Harris County was concerned about the effect of having controversial Judge Kevin Fine on the ballot in 2012. Now, I imagine they would gladly trade Lloyd in exchange for Judge Fine.
Lloyd is a disaster as both a candidate and as an attorney.
Any candidate who proudly boasts of his three indictments and then advocates for boxing lessons for domestic violence victims adds an anchor to what many political analysts believe is a sinking ship when it comes to the local Dems' chances in Harris County this year.
The most fascinating aspect of Brian's article is what he mentions at the end of the article:
[Harris County Democratic Chair Lane] Lewis, who is not a lawyer, said he is consulting attorneys on whether removing Oliver would mean he and precinct chairs would get to pick a new candidate or whether Mike Anderson, who beat Lykos in the Republican primary, would be running without an opponent.This was the topic of debate with some friends this afternoon at
Supposing they were prohibited from replacing him, would other local Democratic candidates be better off with no candidate for D.A. rather than Lloyd Oliver?
My thought is that they would be. My friends disagreed.
In my "armchair quarterback" opinion on local politics, I think the Democratic Party is looking at a rough road in November. I don't believe that the Obama Enthusiasm that swept the county for the Dems in 2008 can be replicated for them. The backlash Republican Sweep of 2010 was dramatic, and the margins of victory in all of the 2010 races were incredibly decisive for the Republicans. While I'm not predicting the same margins of victory in 2012, I do think the Republicans will carry the day in Harris County.
The local Democratic candidates on the ballot aren't particularly controversial . . . until you add Lloyd.
Sheriff Garcia has had a pretty scandal-free three years. Although some of the judges may not be the most popular to have ever occupied a bench, the most controversial of them isn't running again. The candidates are all a pretty tame bunch on the whole.
There is no doubt that the Dems would have been ecstatic to have had Zack Fertitta on the ticket rather than Lloyd.
The question now is, "Would no candidate be better than Candidate Oliver?"
What do you think?