Earlier this week, Chron political columnist John Williams had this blurb in his weekly piece:
Term limits just too confining?
· Add the name of Harris County Judge Robert Eckels to the growing list of term-limit backers who seem to be losing enthusiasm for the idea.
When Eckels campaigned for county judge eight years ago, he promised not to serve more than three four-year terms in the office, which is not term-limited.
"I'm a firm believer in term limits," Eckels said in 1995.
Eckels easily won a third term last November, and since then he has been talking with supporters about seeking a fourth term in 2006.
Eckels said he wants to consider long-term challenges such as homeland security and regional initiatives like transportation.
And his support of terms limits?
"I really haven't changed on them, but some issues need a long-term approach," Eckels said.
I'm sure there have been more cynically exploited issues than term limits by Republicans in the 1990s, but I can't think of any other recent examples.Posted by Charles Kuffner on February 07, 2003 to Local politics | TrackBack