We haven't heard much from Big Jim since his testimony in the David Temple hearing, where he repeatedly claimed that I wrote untrue things about him, and then subsequently admitting that all the things I had written about him were, um, completely accurate. When we last checked in with him, his employment had been terminated by Harris County Sheriff Ron Hickman and he was working as a contract attorney in the 208th District Court.
Jim's return to politics is interesting for a couple of reasons. First and foremost, he never seems to win anything. He's made a couple of tries to be District Attorney that haven't panned out too well for him. More interestingly, however, is the fact that he seems to be having a bit of an identity crisis on what political party he belongs to. Jim has been very public in his support of Democratic candidate for District Attorney Kim Ogg. Prior to being terminated by Sheriff Hickman, he had been appointed as a high ranking member of the Sheriff's Office under Democrat Adrian Garcia.
So, when I heard that Jim was running for something again, my first question was "under what Party?"
Well, it turns out that he's running as a Republican. I don't know how well received that will be within the upper echelons of the Harris County Republican Party. They tend to not like candidates who have failed in two previous elections, and they really don't like those who aren't loyal.
Part of me hopes that Jim wins and makes Pat or Nick Lykos his first assistant. That's only because it would give me more entertaining material to write about. However, I value my Right to Vote too much to cast a ballot in favor of him.
UPDATE: I learned today that attorney Chris Carmona filed for County Attorney last night and that Judge Smith is stepping aside to be his treasurer.