For those of you who attended or read about the February 19, 2008 debate between the D.A. Candidates, perhaps you remember Pat Lykos responding to a question from Jim Leitner about why no police unions or retired police officer unions had endorsed her, even though she was a former cop.
The Chronicle article by Alan Bernstein described it at the time as:
Lykos, a Houston police officer more than 25 years ago, said she has refrained from seeking campaign support from officers and police organizations because the next district attorney must be immune from any charges of favoritism when prosecuting misconduct cases against law enforcement.
At the time, I described her saying that she didn't seek the endorsements because of "sour grapes".
As it turns out, it wasn't sour grapes, it was just a blatant lie.
This memo from the Houston Police Retired Officers Association (HPROA) shows that Lykos did, in fact, seek an endorsement from them, unsuccessfully.
Under the Board Meeting Minutes from January 10, 2008 under the sub-heading of "President's Comments - Jack Miller" is the following note:
*Pat Lykos is running for Harris County DA and is seeking an endorsement from the HPROA. Discussion by J. DeFoor, Rayne, Turbeville, Ashby, Elkin and Bostock. No action taken.
"No action taken" indicates that the endorsement request was denied.
So, let's look at the timeline on this real quick:
January 10, 2008 - Lykos goes to HPROA seeking an endorsement and is turned down.
February 19, 2008 - during a live webcast debate, flatly denies ever having sought out an endorsement from them.
Lykos has some severe issues with honesty, if she will blatantly lie even when the cameras are rolling.
It still just stuns me that her website has her saying that "her word is her bond".