Parker County TEA Party leader, Dawn King, hosted an event last night in which State Senator Dan Patrick was guest of honor. Those in attendance heard Patrick explain many of the most important issues facing Texans in the years ahead, and steps he proposed to minimize their potentially devastating impact.
Patrick addressed a friendly audience of approximately 100 TEA Party citizens whose support for him appeared to be unanimous. I think it is safe to say Parker County TEA Party members are in ‘lock-step’ with Patrick on virtually every major issue. He stressed his determination to end the inane practice of appointing Democrats to Committee Chair positions in a Republican majority Senate. Following Patrick’s discussion, Dawn King proceeded with a Candidate Forum. Candidates in attendance were given an opportunity to make a brief statement about themselves, their qualifications and the reason for their candidacy.
With few exceptions the candidates honored the ‘house rules’ and kept their comments brief and focused. As one would expect, some responded to questions more succinctly than others.
The question and answer period was I believe more helpful than the candidates’ prepared statement.
A candidate for Justice of the Peace, Pct 3 was asked what she thought about collecting money for fines and traffic tickets (or words to that effect). Her response was to suggest that it shouldn’t be a JP’s job to collect those funds. I remember thinking it’s not the JP’s responsibility to determine which laws are good or bad. What about the next law she disagrees with? Do we want Judges deciding which laws to enforce. We get enough of that from the Obama administration.
After listening to another candidate for PC3 Justice of the Peace, I came away thinking this guy is in love with himself and would not be opposed to having a SWAT team standing by to subdue an ordinary citizen for “failure to appear” or some equally heinous crime.
After a candidate for Justice of the Peace, Pct 4 finished stating his qualifications in a quite boastful manner, about being some Rocket Scientist and a lawyer, one citizen asked, “Are you sure you are in the right political party?” Another asked, “If you are such a big shot scientist and lawyer, why are you running for JP?”
A visitor to Parker County would surely have learned in that forum that TEA Party folks in Parker County are not impressed with political embellishment and boastful rhetoric. They may not all be ‘rocket scientists’ but they certainly possess the ability to discern true character, or lack thereof.
I believe it was a productive evening in which attendees were given an opportunity to see first-hand the difference between candidates who genuinely want to serve, and the few who can’t see beyond their own mirror.
Thanks to State Senator Dan Patrick for participating, and thank you Dawn King, for hosting an interesting and important event. Dawn, you truly are… for such a time as this.