Harris County Judge Ed Emmett is about to have a press conference in which he will discuss the DA's office.
WHO: Harris County Judge Ed Emmett
WHAT: News Conference
WHEN: 2 p.m., Wednesday, January 9, 2008
WHERE: Fourth Floor Media Room
Harris County Administration Building
Houston, TX 77002
Harris County Judge Ed Emmett will meet with the news media this afternoon to discuss the latest developments surrounding reports of possible wrongdoing at the Harris County District Attorney's Office.
Emmett and other state and county leaders have been meeting throughout this morning to explore various options for responding to allegations of impropriety by Harris County District Attorney Chuck Rosenthal. Emmett will brief members on recent decisions and applicable state laws regarding these allegations.
I will say that so far, the response to this sordid little saga, from county officials as well as from other members of the Harris County Republican Party, has been very good. Yes, it's easy to kick a guy when he's down (Lord knows I'm doing it here), but one need only recall the response by Dennis Hastert and other members of the Republican Congressional leadership to the Mark Foley scandal of 2006 to see what I mean. I'll leave it to you to decide if this is a function of their character, or just the result of a hard lesson learned, but credit where it's due. As much fun as it is to make political hay, it's still vastly better to see the right thing be done.
Finally, I forgot to include a link to this Grits post in my previous entry about today's email revelations, so here it is now.
UPDATE: This Chron story answers some of my questions:
Emmett, the county judge, told KTRK Channel 13 today that he will seek to have Rosenthal removed from office if the DA can't give him an acceptable answer about how he and others in his office are spending time funded by the taxpayers.
Emmett will speak to the media a few hours after his opponent in the March 4 Republican primary, former district clerk Charles Bacarisse, said there needed to be an independent investigation of Rosenthal.
"I believe we have a situation here where laws have been broken," by Rosenthal, Bacarisse said.