In today's mail, I received not one, not two, but three different pieces of mail from you for your campaign. Not one of them seeks to establish you as the most qualified candidate in the race for the District Attorney's Office. Rather, they are all negative campaign pieces against Kelly Siegler.
I'll be honest with you, once Kelly Siegler announced her candidacy for the race, my mind was made up. I was very excited about the possibility of the Greatest Prosecutor in the Country being the elected representative of the Harris County. I was hired by Johnny Holmes when I became an Assistant District Attorney, and I've always been so very proud of the fact that I could tell people I had once worked for him. The idea of having a person of Kelly Siegler's caliber running the D.A.'s Office again was incredible.
When you did do your 11th hour announcement for your candidacy, I was disappointed, but not surprised. Face it, you like to run for things. It was nothing personal. You had your ideas. The other candidates had theirs. That's what the Democratic process is all about, right?
But then you took such a turn, didn't you? You realized that an ex-judge that last held elected office in the last millennium (1994) and had never tried a criminal case couldn't hold a candle to a brilliant trial attorney like Kelly Siegler. Kelly Siegler won tough cases like Dror Goldberg and David Temple against arguably the most skilled and reputable defense attorney in the State of Texas, Dick DeGuerin. In what was billed as a "Clash of the Titans", Kelly Siegler made the District Attorney's Office proud.
How could you compete with that?
The short answer: You couldn't.
So you resorted to every last low-rent, muckraking, and scummy tactic that you could possibly resort to. In a Country that prides itself on letting "the best candidate win", you strive to do nothing more than trying to drag your opposition down into the bog that you seem to politically dwell in. You found your greatest enabler in the morally decrepit and despicable Terry Lowry, and even he charged you $5,000 to help spread your desperation.
Of all three mailers that I got on your behalf tonight, nothing in your lists of qualifications brings you even close to Kelly Siegler. To put it bluntly, even I am more qualified for this Office than you are.
One of your mailers faults Kelly Siegler for "intemperate language", and yet you were the one who called Judge Mary Bacon a "f*ck face". Intellectual honesty will clearly have no place in a Pat Lykos administration.
But perhaps the most incredibly dishonest and despicable thing you listed (out of a field of many) is your first item on your latest mail out. Under the heading of "Tainted Evidence", you wrote:
Used evidence obtained by deceit causing the reversal of two killers' death sentence convictions. Siegler brags about the conviction -- but doesn't talk about the reversals, or the agony of the victim's family having to endure two trial, again!
In those two sentences, you absolutely, positively prove yourself to be a liar and a shameless one at that.
Both of the "two killers" cases centered around the murder of Farrah Fratta. You, as a former judge, would know better than anyone that the reversals had nothing to do with any sort of misconduct on the part of Kelly Siegler or the State of Texas. And yet you continue to mislead the general public about what was the true reasoning behind it.
And of the "victim's family having to endure two trials again" (one of which has already been sentenced to death again), the father of Farrah Fratta is a man named Lex Baqer. You speak on his behalf without his request or his desire.
Lex Baqer is one of the victims who personally spoke on Kelly Siegler's radio commercials, commending her for a job well done. He also took time out of his schedule to go walk door-to-door for Kelly during her campaign.
You don't speak for him. And you certainly don't speak for those of us who have been walking in and out of the doors of the Criminal Justice Center during your almost 20 year absence.
In fact, you really shouldn't be speaking in this race at all.
One of the things that has always made me so proud about practicing criminal law is the character behind everything that happens in Harris County, Texas.
Kelly Siegler will add to the character of that Office and Harris County will be proud to have her.
You, Pat, on the other hand, seem to have no character whatsoever.