Though I may be annoyed at how much Carole Keeton Strayhorn has bamboozled certain segments of the Democratic Party lately, I will not deny that she does have her uses.
Comptroller Carole Keeton Strayhorn, responding to a report in the Houston Chronicle, said Thursday that she will audit payments made by the state's Washington office to a private lobbyist to see if the money was misused for political purposes.
Strayhorn, whose office issues all state checks based on warrants from state agencies, said she will audit the payments to Cassidy & Associates for any signs of political misuse of state funds. "If during my audit I find that Cassidy & Associates inappropriately used tax dollars, I will immediately suspend all future payments and take the necessary steps to make sure these dollars are returned to the state," Strayhorn said.
One more thing:
Perry, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and Speaker Tom Craddick oversee State-Federal Relations. Dewhurst and Craddick have said the decision to hire an outside lobbyist for the first time was Perry's.
The governor's staff has distanced him from the hiring of Boulanger and the state's other contract lobbyist, Drew Maloney of the Federalist Group, saying the choice was made by OSFR Executive Director Ed Perez. Maloney is a former top congressional aide to DeLay.