I got back to my office from court on Monday to find a very impressive piece of campaign literature from aspiring judge Lana Shadwick. Not impressive in the sense that it made me feel that her credentials had been somehow boosted, but impressed as the son (and former employee) of a printer on how much money Lana must have spent to get it published.
The target of Lana's mailers were clearly Houston attorneys who would possibly be voting in the upcoming Houston Bar Association poll, and she blatantly asks for the recipient of the mailer to vote for her as being well-qualified. This kind of flies in the face of logic, since she just had to move to Grand Jury because she couldn't handle the pressure of campaigning and being in appellate. Also, I'm hearing numerous reports that Lana has yet to figure out how to read Probable Cause to a Grand Jury. It really isn't that tricky.
Given how badly Kristin Guiney has been outclassing Lana at public appearances, it is no wonder that Lana would feel the need to shell out a lot of money for these direct mailers. Perhaps in her mind, a flashy print piece might help overshadow her bumbling through answers in person.
But here's what the title of the post is about -- Lana had her mailers sent to her fellow employees at the Harris County District Attorney's Office, in direct violation of Rule 2.11 of the Office's rule book, which states, in part:
"Political activities are prohibited from within the office. No campaign material will be mailed by an employee to personnel at a District Attorney's Office address."
Perhaps you remember how pissy Jim Leitner got when Chip Lewis invited all of the Assistant District Attorney's to come to the D.A. Reunion awhile back? I wonder if Jim is feeling equally indignant that Lana is so flagrantly violating the rules. I mean, hell, Chip was just inviting people to a reunion -- not to mention that he doesn't work for Pat Lykos (or Jim) and he isn't running for anything.
Yet again, we find that there are special rules for those political candidates that Jared Woodfill is trying to shove down our throats. Pat Lykos is helping accommodate Jared, which is why Jared endorses Pat. Isn't that convenient for everybody?
While we are all waiting for Lana to be called up from her cushy position in grand jury to be disciplined for this violation of Lykos' rules, I suppose we could go vote in the HBA Bar Poll.
Just remember when you are voting which candidate left the Office as a District Court chief after years of service, trying the most serious cases under the Texas Penal Code, and which one is asking around for a cheat sheet on how to read a probable cause statement to a Grand Jury.