If you are a Democrat planning on voting straight-ticket, I hope you will take a minute and read this post before you do.
If you push the button to vote straight Democrat, you are going to be voting for Lloyd Oliver for District Attorney, and I'm pretty sure you don't want to do that. His stance on domestic violence is an affront to anyone who cares about women's issues. If you aren't aware of that, please, read on.
The Democrats had a good candidate for District Attorney in former-prosecutor and now-defense attorney, Zack Fertitta. The insanity of Oliver defeating Fertitta in the primary in May was so completely unexpected that even the Democratic Party tried to have Oliver removed from the ballot. That same insanity should serve as a wake up call that on Election Day anything can happen.
At first, the reaction to Lloyd Oliver being the Democrat's candidate was kind of funny. I'll admit it. His bizarre comments on everything from his three previous indictments to boxing lessons to his firm policy of starting court at 1 p.m. every day were a funny contrast to the platform of a candidate who actually knew what he was doing.
Of course, it seems much less humorous if you realize that come January 1st, Lloyd Oliver could be the District Attorney with some help from straight-ticket voting.
In an article in the Chronicle this past Sunday, Brian Rogers wrote a very thorough article detailing Oliver's checkered past. I would say his past was "controversial," but that would incorrectly imply that there was some controversy over whether or not Lloyd Oliver is a buffoon.
Oliver claims to be "Not for Sale" as the D.A. candidate, yet all three of his prior indictments are directly related to him using his legal experience to illegally obtain money. Shortly after his primary election, I had to speak with him because his website falsely listed me as a supporter of his. Oliver was pleasant, but all he could talk about was how much money he was about to receive from "some of these P.A.C.s" the Democratic Party had. He was delighted and he was soon seen driving a new convertible BMW around Downtown.
I'm afraid that Oliver is very much for sale, and not for very high prices, at that. If you think that doesn't matter, think about what a Lloyd Oliver D.A.'s Office would be like. He's already expressed his disdain for the Public Defenders' Office (which, pound for pound, is one of the most talented groups of defense attorneys in the county). I highly doubt he will give their attorneys the time of day. Private sector attorneys who might want a better deal on their clients will doubtlessly have his ear. Especially since he doesn't know what he's doing in the first place.
If Lloyd's questionable past and his lack of ethics don't concern you as a Democratic Voter, than you really need to pay attention to his stance on Domestic Violence.
By clicking here, you can see Lloyd's March 29th performance on Reasonable Doubt, where he first describes his plan to dismiss domestic assault cases in favor of teaching battered wives how to box. I was one of the interviewers at the time and was dumbfounded that any upright mammal would make such a stupid comment. Surely, Lloyd Oliver would backtrack on his statement, right? It was just a misstatement, wasn't it?
Nope. On the campaign trail, Lloyd Oliver has held fast to his belief that domestic violence is not a big issue in this country and should simply be handled through combat. In a recent episode of Red, White and Blue, he even went so far as to state that "part of [some couples] making love is [to] beat up one another first."
The idea of Democratic voters crossing Party lines to vote for Republican Candidate Mike Anderson isn't just mine. Read the details of Chronicle columnist Patricia Kilday Hart's article on some of Lloyd's previous antics. Read Ms. Hart's article about Lloyd's Domestic Violence stance here. Political blogger Charles Kuffner (who tends to run a little on the Liberal side) even advocates voting straight-ticket Democrat and then going back to de-select Oliver.
I've never been a fan of straight-ticket voting. I've been voting since I first became eligible twenty two years ago, and I've never once done it. To believe that there aren't excellent candidates on both sides of the aisle is pure foolishness.
That has never been more clear in this year's Harris County District Attorney's race.