August 22, 2013

The sound of a political career imploding

 It might actually be a bit of a stretch to assume that someone's political aspirations will be harmed by a little slimy, heavy-handed, threatening influence.  But, Texas is a long way from some of the more torrid political stories, so I have some hope that the voters in my great state will see to it that our Lieutenant Governor is sent packing next year, if not sooner.

With today's technology, one should always assume that someone is watching, listening and recording - especially if you are anyone of importance, and especially if you are calling a governmental entity or law enforcement authority.

Meet Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst, as he tries to strong arm the Allen, Texas police department into releasing a pseudo-relative that shoplifted from a Kroger grocery store:
"This is David Dewhurst, and I'm the lieutenant governor of the State of Texas," he tells the dispatcher, who forwarded the call to a police department sergeant.

"What do I need to do to arrange for getting her out of jail this evening?" Dewhurst asks the police officer.
The officer explains that the case is now in the hands of Collin County authorities and there's nothing he can do to expedite the woman's release.

"I am, every year, the number-one pick of all of the law enforcement agencies within Texas," Dewhurst tells the officer. "You don't know it, but I'm a supporter of you and a supporter of law enforcement."
Dewhurst repeatedly asks what he needs to do to get the woman out of jail, and is politely instructed by the Allen police officer to call the sheriff's office.

"This is ridiculous," Dewhurst says. "This lady, in my mind, is 100 percent innocent, and it's just an unfortunate situation of circumstances."

On several occasions, Dewhurst says the commander of the Texas Department of Public Safety will be calling to follow up on his inquiry.
 Listen for yourself, if you would like - this is unedited and they put him on hold for quite a bit, so skip forward to find the dialogue:

Last time I checked, the oath of office included a bit about swearing to uphold the laws of our state. What a tool.

1 comment:

CenTexTim said...

"...I have some hope that the voters in my great state will see to it that our Lieutenant Governor is sent packing next year..."

I dunno. This is a state that's elected Rick Perry - more than once...