The runoff for Houston mayor is down to Texas State Sen John Whitmire (D) and Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX). The congresswoman recently extolled her supporters in a television ad to be sure to cast their vote on Dec. 7.
There’s just one small issue. The mayoral election is Dec. 9.
Jackson Lee will never be confused with a serious political leader. Her time in Washington has been one public misstep after another, and her true nature was recently revealed when a leaked tape showed a profanity-laced obscene tirade against a campaign staffer.
🚨🚨HOUSTONIANS: Sheila Jackson Lee would like to urge you to vote for her on Election Day which according to her, will be held on December 7th as opposed to December 9th, when the actual Mayoral Election will be held. 🚨🚨 pic.twitter.com/MuvS0ZIswG
— Merissa Hansen (@merissahansen17) December 2, 2023
The example of her campaign’s incompetence followed the peek into her personal character. Dec. 5 was the last day for early voting, so there’s no voting at all on the seventh.
So many questions abound. Did she not approve the campaign ad as we are led to believe all politicians do? Did not her staff view the misleading message or was it cleared sight unseen?
Is this who voters want to run the fourth largest city in the U.S. and the seventh largest on the continent?
Jackson Lee and Whitmire are in the runoff to replace Mayor Sylvester Turner (D). Polling of likely city voters showed the representative trailing in the race.
The ad in question featured Jackson Lee praising her record of service in Congress and on the city council. She claimed to have success in fighting to keep guns out of the hands of minors and protecting funding for law enforcement.
At the same time she touted her accomplishments in protecting “women’s reproductive freedom.”
The ad concluded with her pledge to the city “Now, I’m running to be your mayor, because if we’re going to bring down crime, fix our streets and bring good paying jobs here, then Houston needs a champion who’s ready to fight for what’s right. And I am.”
Then she concluded with a graphic showing the incorrect election date.
Jackson Lee and Whitmire were originally part of a 16-candidate field for Houston mayor. Whitmire has the lead over the Democratic representative, who has been in the U.S. House since 1995.
If she were to rally and win, she would be in line to become the first Democratic mayor of a major U.S. city to actually bring down crime. And incidentally, she is endorsed by Hillary Clinton.