Democratic candidate for County Judge, Ken Morrison, recently won the Democrat nomination for Liberty County Judge with very impressive numbers. Since many of us are yet to meet one person who knew Morrison, most will interpret his victory as the voters rejecting his opponent, current County Judge Phil Fitzgerald. Fitzgerald is reportedly under investigation for the way FEMA money went to people closely associated with him and how some of it went to leasing trucks that belong to him. As impressive as Morrison’s primary victory was, it is obvious that Fitzgerald’s numbers in the Democratic primary were a great deal higher than what he would have garnered if Republicans could have weighed in.
But for some the question may still be: Will the voters get another chance to vote for Phil Fitzgerald in the general election? Rumors explained that Fitzgerald’s lackluster campaign was evidence that the County Judge intended on filing suit to disqualify Morrison from the outset. Other rumors include the possibility that Morrison would be disqualified when he appeared before longtime political ally, District Judge C. T. “Rusty” Hight.
Absent any dirty tricks, Morrison’s eligibility to run should be based on residency requirements and Texas law. Morrison has been telling people he lives in a travel trailer on land he owns in the Eastgate area, but a growing number of people have discovered that Morrison’s trailer gets water from a neighbor and is not even connected to sewer. This kind of information may make it difficult for Morrison to become the chief executive officer of the county, but it still may not disqualify according to state law.
In Morrison’s lame attempt to sound like this is the only house he owns, he explains that he does spend some of his time at his wife’s house in Kingwood. Interesting arrangement to be claiming with his wife… it is “his wife’s house” … they don’t live together but are married?
Morrison has been vague when questioned about whether he meets the minimum requirement of living in the county for six-months. This whole thing is quite a murky smelly situation for someone whose main claim as evidence to live here is his participation as a music leader in a small Baptist church on the Kingwood side of the county.
As far as we know he has not been asked if he has ever been to a Dayton Bronco football game, or if he even knows the school colors. We are not sure if he has any longtime friendships here, or even why he came to the county. What we do know is he wants to come into the county and start at the top and run the county just forty miles or so from “his wife’s house” in Kingwood.
But don’t count the Kingwood candidate out. If he can dodge any lawsuits Fitzgerald and Hight may or may not have cooked up, he may have a candidate greatly weakened by the public’s weariness of FEMA questions. We may almost all be assured that a candidate living in a trailer in Eastgate with no sewage and water hooked up to a neighbor’s house will have no FEMA investigators clouding his image.
Fitzgerald not running a campaign doomed any chance he has of winning in the general election. If that was a strategy he came up with then he only has himself to blame because of the thousands of people who voted in the primaries few will change their minds and return in November to vote for Fitzgerald. Whoever came up with this idea the only possible result will be Phil Fitzgerald’s chances of being re-elected being as close to zero as possible. It could be that Hight and Archer decided this was the best way to get a self righteous Fitzgerald to go quietly. Encourage the idea of not running against Morrison and then act as if they are being forced to drop the idea of disqualifying Morrison.
They allegedly plan to use Phil Fitzgerald to file a suit in CT Hight's District court to disqualify Morrison, then throw Phil under the bus and substitute him for a yet unknown dark horse candidate.
NOTE: County Judge Candidate, Steve Stevens should be presumed innocent until he is proven guilty of a crime.
Creepy politics. Creepy politicians.
Contributor, Ray Akins