Times are changing and some of the people that are used to having their way around here may not like it when they finally understand what that includes.
Efforts to steer voters away from Logan Pickett’s inexperience and other problems are the same old worn out politics we have seen around here for years. For example, readers could have counted three different pictures in one recent edition of one of our local newspapers that have some reference to either Logan Pickett or the Pickett name. Local media just can’t help themselves as they allow these people to put things in the paper just before the election that are either trivial or could easily wait until the week after.
The Pickett campaign may “say” they want a clean race on the merits of each candidate, but they can not afford for voters to focus on “the merits” because few voters would choose to have Joe Warren and company running the D.A.’s office while we wait for years for Logan to learn from him.
And even though Joe Warren and company would like to scare voters about the possibility of the McNair family, no one should criticize the Picketts for their family history. The links Logan Pickett has going back to his great grandfather E. B. Pickett and his service in various positions in Liberty are well known to anyone who has ever had to research records much in the Liberty County courthouse. His passing of his torch to Logan’s grandfather, the late Brad Pickett left the Pickett law firm in the center and influential on almost anything that came through Liberty for the last sixty years.
Imagine, trying to paint a political opponent as someone who has too many connections that could cause citizens to be dominated by one family when you are a Pickett. Logan’s father is currently the mayor of Liberty and his Aunt Sandy was perhaps the most powerful and influential city councilman in the town’s history. All that as the Pickett law firm is no doubt continued using “special connections” to, not just place Logan in the District Attorney’s office and run for D.A. despite the fact he is far and away the least experienced and least accomplished lawyer in that office.
The fact of the matter is the Picketts have forced their will on Liberty, Texas for years. For example think back on the SRMPA and when we had the highest electric bills in the state – the Picketts started and defended the deal made over our co-ownership of that coal burning plant until finally Sandy Pickett ran for mayor and voters pried their hands off the control of the city long enough for new officials to correct some of their dictatorial decisions.
One of the other examples of how controlling the Picketts have been is the tragic case that involved a much younger Mike Little and city council woman Sandy Pickett. Anyone who remembers the details of the removal of Mayor Scott Parker remembers him telling the D.A. he had the council’s approval for the way he billed the city for expenses. But Mike Little prosecuted Scott Parker for the Picketts and the rest is history.
Another shorter lived time in Liberty history that involved Picketts “controlling” our town and treating us like pawns on their chess board has never been aired fully. For a brief time in Liberty’s history we had a local access channel. It aired things like local sports events, a local talk show, and … oh yes, the city council meetings. What the public may not know is what Sandy Pickett declared early on when she heard that a local man was going to use the local access channel: “We will not be televising our meetings.” Was it the cable company or the Picketts that threw up roadblocks to try and stop that station? And was the cable company prompted (by the Picketts) to try and find a way to get them off of the air after the station had successfully begun televising council meetings along with football games etc.?
To a great extent, the Picketts have managed to keep their name out of the news as far as any connection to the new taxing entity – the hospital district. But no doubt they helped their close friend Bruce Stratton. They have been the most major influence bar none in the guiding and direction of the Liberty hospital since before the 1970’s. When voters voted the hospital district down and the promoters of it secretly re-drew new lines and put it before a slightly altered group of voters, it was vintage Pickett politics. If they want a TV station - we have one, if not - we don’t. If they want to collect millions of dollars from taxpayers and play some kind of shell game with the hospital, then they do it. They have a habit of getting what they want. Ask someone that has lived in Liberty, Texas for very long and they will add to the few examples here.
The current D.A.'s office is corrupt to the core with the exception of a few people. Mike Little and Logan Pickett are not the exception, they are the corrupt.
Now they want the next generation Pickett to be the D.A. Maybe it’s time to let them know that they don’t own or run this county.
Liberty County is so close to being the best it can be... unless Logan Picket and Mike Little have their way. Our future in Liberty County and that of our children is in jeopardy- if we don't act...