"There's an old Texas saying that you 'ride for the brand,' and if they can't ride for the brand, then they need to leave."Today Pat Lykos lived up to that threat by firing long-time investigator Kenny Rodgers.
Kenny had served as the Chief Investigator under the Johnny Holmes Administration before leaving the Office under Chuck Rosenthal. He's been in law enforcement for 40 years.
In December, approximately 30 minutes after Judge Mike Anderson announced that he would be running for District Attorney, Lykos approached Kenny and asked him to "drive her around" and "introduce her to people" in hopes of him using his contacts in Harris County to get her re-elected. He politely declined, explaining that he would be working on the Sheriff's campaign for Louis Guthrie.
The following evening, Lykos ran into Kenny at the Republican Executive Committee meeting at the Tracy Gee Community Center. She seemed surprised to see him and asked him why he was there. He reminded her that he was working for Louis Guthrie's campaign.
Shortly thereafter, at the Office "holiday cheer" party, Lykos again sought out Kenny. She singled him out and walked over with a grin on her face.
"How's my biggest fan?" she asked.
The next day, he was abruptly transferred to the Juvenile Division.
Last Tuesday, Kenny was out and campaigning for Guthrie at a polling location on Sage Road. Unfortunately for him, Lykos was campaigning for herself in person at that location. Keep in mind, Kenny Rodgers was not campaigning for Anderson nor Lykos. He was simply there supporting Guthrie. He tried to speak with her and say hello, but she ignored him and refused to even say hello.
So, it was little surprise to Kenny today when he became the first person fired by Lykos in retaliation for his First Amendment-protected political beliefs -- not because he supported her opponent.
It was simply because he failed to ride for the brand of Pat Lykos.