One of the worst things about good ole boy politics is the “passing of the torch” that goes on in a system dominated by people covering each others rear ends. In Liberty County over 100 years of Democrats winning every public office made it easy for some of the shady Democrats to hand pick their replacement when they grew tired of holding office. It made it easy for them to use their office and its power to defeat their opponent. In the history of Liberty County Democrats, Republicans did not have a chance. The power of incumbency and the Democrats relationship to the liberal media left no cracks for Republicans to break through; they could not win – until Bobby Rader won his JP race over a decade ago.
In fact, there is only one countywide office left that has a continuous uninterrupted string of “torch passing”. That is the District Attorney’s office. And Mike Little is doing all he can to coerce the voters to choose the least experienced District Attorney in Liberty County history. He has even got Logan Pickett running as a Republican.
Two Assistant District Attorneys under Little have even had to officially been told to “cool it” as far as illegally campaigning in the courthouse. After numerous complaints by jurors, a courthouse wide letter went out to specifically address that campaigning in the courthouse would not be tolerated. The assistant district attorneys are Logan Pickett and Joe Warren. They were told to either cease or desist their electioneering to juries or they would risk facing the consequences.
Rather than honor the intent of the law, Pickett and Warren when confronted simply changed their modus operandi. Instead of openly campaigning to their near captive audiences, they now take the when the largest number of citizens/voters are compelled to be in court to recite their resume’s. There can be anywhere from 80 to 200 people sitting through the process of jury selection… and Pickett and Joe Warren have recently started taking up those people’s time with personal speeches about their qualifications and their family etc. – effectively campaigning to potential jurors.
Originally it was surmised that Joe Warren must feel a desperate need to help Pickett win to insure his position in the D.A.’s office to be doing this kind of thing. Recently however, Liberty Dispatch has been informed that Warren may have twice as much reason to risk a citation for illegal electioneering as originally thought. Sources indicate Warren intends to run against County Court-at-Law Judge Tommy Chambers in 2014.
As for Mike Little’s oversight of the behavior of his men, Liberty Dispatch has found no evidence that he has disciplined, or even disapproved of either Logan Picket or Joe Warren for their behavior. In fact, Little has engaged in his own deceptive and some say illegal practices. He is inflating Pickett’s resume’ by sending out press releases that and try make the least experienced and least successful prosecutor in his office sound like a world champion lawyer.
The good ole boy system is on its last leg. This community should not have to endure ambitious misguided lawyers abusing their privileges and breaking campaigning laws.
This community should not have to suffer through campaign spin to read about what is happening in our courts. This county does not belong to the “torch passers”, we are not stupid. Our opportunity has arrived and we will vote for the most experienced candidate with the most integrity in order to insure our courts are purged from the political games we have seen in the past.
Editor’s note: In one of his campaign speeches to potential jurors, Joe Warren revealed his intentions to file a lawsuit against the county related to Sheriff Patterson arresting him earlier in the year. A grand jury passed on indicting Joe Warren for charges brought by Sheriff Henry Patterson. Any judgment won by Warren in court against the county would be paid for with taxpayer money.