Here’s one sign your mayoral race is going badly… you don’t know when Election Day is.
I don’t know what possessed Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, arguably the dumbest member of the House, to run for mayor, except that Karen Bass did it and she figured why not. Hillary Clinton endorsed her and so did a bunch of Democrats.
Also, she said things like this…
When the Houston Chronicle asked her why she was running, she replied, among other things, that, “I have been a leader in human and sex trafficking.”
But as a counterpoint, she didn’t know when Election Day is. And the results showed it. While the full election totals aren’t in, she lost. Current estimates are that she lost by 65% to 34%. Her opponent, John Whitmire, got nearly twice as many votes as she did.
No amount of burst water pipes or found boxes of ballots are going to fix this. As I’ve always said, voter fraud has a margin. Competing against political machines that use voter fraud requires beating the margin of voter fraud. And it is doable.
But as much as we mock Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, I think she’s going to have the last laugh. Follow the money.
More than half a dozen people or companies gave contributions to Jackson Lee that exceed the city’s legal limit and one donation wrongly was attributed to a dead woman.
Jackson Lee’s report says she collected $1.2 million and spent $182,000 to close her first reporting period with a little more than $1 million in cash on hand. Subtracting the illegal contributions, Jackson Lee’s cash on hand would dip from seven to six figures.
She kept on raising money, including $600,000. And then spent only $60,000 on ads during the runoff.
Sure she lost the election, but I’m not so sure that Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee’s not having the last laugh.