Liberty County, the time is now to stop what is called “Good Ole Boy” politics. I know for a select few this style of local government includes a really sweet deal for them. The problem is, they are the ones who don’t need any special treatment. Whether it is a permit that was signed off on, for something that was not done that was supposed to be, or an unfair bidding process that took place, it is just plain wrong. Take for instance the FEMA fraud allegations. Yes, they are the most public of the allegations at this time, but we have all heard rumors of much more of this kind of misbehavior. The whole process that took place with the FEMA money stinks and more than that it is, the selfish disregard for the law and for taxpayer money that bothers the majority among us.
With FEMA, all they had to do while going through the bidding was to excuse themselves from the bidding process due to a conflict of interest if there was a friend or relative involved. It was that simple. Then these particular allegations would not have been raised. Was it that they think they are untouchable or that no one would notice? We may never know the answers to these questions. There are rules and laws set forth by the local, state and federal governments that need to be followed. We all have heard how for years some of our local politicians have not honored these rules or followed the law. These rules were set forth by our Forefathers so that everyone could get a fair shake. It should not matter:
· Who you are.
· What clique you’re involved with.
· How much money you have.
· What elected office you hold.
All that should matter is that you are an individual created by God the Father Almighty, and that you are no better than anyone else. Most of the people follow these rules. We pay our taxes, and we make Liberty County the great place it is. Shame on those who vote for these people just because they are a special something because their buddy is in office.
Liberty County, it is time for everyone to start following the rules. It is time for everyone to start following the regulations. It is time for everyone to obey the law. It is time to stand up to our governments and not be fearful of retaliation.
I myself condemn the way the IKE cleanup bidding process and money was handled. I encourage the other candidates for office, and the citizens of Liberty County to do the same publicly. I know it may be a little uncomfortable for Charlotte Warner to be more public in expressing her disappointment and outrage with Phil Fitzgerald and Lee Groce because she has had to work closely with them in some of her past dealings, but cleaning up this mess is bigger than Charlotte or me feeling comfortable or either of us winning in this primary. This election is about changing the way the commissioner does business in all of our names. It is about defeating Lee Groce and if she will not speak out publicly in the media now and denounce the way Lee and Phil have handled all of this, then she may have a hard time criticizing people she has been close to in the general election.
It is time for new leadership. It is time to start healing our black eye of alleged corruption and allow the sun to shine through on the place we call home. We should not have to have a news reporter from Houston come to our County and open our eyes to something we know has been going on all along. We need to leave this County better than we found it. We need this community to be a place where our young people want to return.
We want this area to be a place where our children want to return, because it upholds and insists on the values we want our Grandchildren to learn.