May 20, 2003
Cry havoc, and unleash the consultants of war

Ah, the sweet sound of conservative candidates trashing each other:

The political consultant to mayoral candidate Michael Berry has talked about finding a "silver bullet" of an issue to aim at opponent Orlando Sanchez.

Monday, the consultant, Allen Blakemore, came forward with more of a burr under the Sanchez saddle blanket.

Blakemore conducted a news conference blasting Sanchez for scheduling a fund-raiser today at the home of a couple that owes more than $16,000 in back property taxes for the current year.

Blakemore said the fund-raiser indicates Sanchez is not abiding by his campaign promise to meet "the highest standards of honesty and integrity."

He noted that City Council recently approved an ordinance prohibiting the city from doing business with companies that owe more than $100 in city taxes.

Blakemore said the couple chose to give campaign contributions rather than pay property taxes.

"This type of behavior is indicative of Orlando Sanchez, and the Michael Berry campaign is going to point this out throughout the entire mayoral election campaign," Blakemore said.


Blakemore has said Berry's campaign strategy includes taking the offensive against Sanchez in a fight for the conservative Republican voters both need.

In February, Blakemore said, "We're going to get to the right of Orlando and see if we can work him over."

That noise you hear is Kevin Whited banging his head against a wall.

Allen Blakemore accusing anyone of being unethical is, of course, hysterical. He's got quite a track record in Houston. This race may be more entertaining than I first thought.

Posted by Charles Kuffner on May 20, 2003 to Election 2003 | TrackBack

I'll just say this: The only thing worse than the Republican front is the Democratic front... :)

Posted by: Owen Courrèges on May 21, 2003 2:01 AM

I do wish the candidates who are running as GOP conservatives would heed Ronald Reagan's commandment of not trashing each other (loosely paraphrased *smile*). Houston has plenty of issues to talk about, and the campaign has already degenerated to this? *sigh*

Posted by: Kevin Whited on May 21, 2003 8:21 AM