Posts tagged "Texas District 7"

June 11th, 2012

The Best Thing I Saw All Day Yesterday

As I’ve written previously, I’m pro-Cargas for Congress, and yes, I’m working on behalf of the campaign in a professional aspect.  I thought we could differentiate between this being my opinion of what I saw transpiring in the campaign versus the actual news releases, but a flying monkey still persists in implying that his blog is an actual credible source of news, in which he has subjected himself to the same rigorous examination of his “sources” as the mainstream news with none of those pesky regulatory monitors and that mine is, well… not.  

That same flying monkey likes to put words into people’s mouths.  He and the candidate he is working on behalf of, object to anyone from the Cargas campaign referring to him as the “communications director” of the campaign, simply because he’s not being paid.  So, from now on, I will be referring to him as Lissa Squiers’s (unpaid) Communication Director, because if it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, common sense reaches that it must be a duck.  In this instance, the quacking stems from the fact that the same language and phrases that Lissa uses often originate in his blog and vice versa.   I believe Citizens United refers to that, as collaboration, but since Ms. Squiers feels reporting her donations to the FEC is above her, as well, I’m sure the word collaboration is just as foreign.  

Over the last few months, that flying monkey has decided to imply that James Cargas is not a Democrat.  Lissa has also followed suit.  In fact, she questioned why a candidate needed to be a delegate (by replying to this blog) to the state convention and told me that I was “indicating” that to be a good candidate, one must have participated in the process before, mostly by aiding other candidates.  That is, in fact, true.  There is, after all, this mantra of practicing making perfect.  If you haven’t been on a campaign, you don’t know what all it takes.  Engaging in whisper campaigns in both one-on-one conversations and using a blog are both charming aspects of what you think a campaign is and does, but it’s obvious from comments made by the blogger that he thinks that working on campaigns  as paid staff are a gateway to great wealth.  With that comment, it’s almost embarrassing how obvious it is that he’s never been a paid staffer on one.  (That was one of the many things we got a great kick out of yesterday.)   That’s okay, I’m sure there’s a lot of integrity to be had in being a “sales” man.  

However, for those of you that don’t know, the Cargas campaign (finally) answered these month long allegations in a press release, which provided unbiased proof of the two candidates’s voting records, as shown below: 

Once again, Lissa proves that she feels she’s above all the regular work that goes into a campaign, but it goes even further than that.  She doesn’t believe in participating in the process unless there’s something in it for her.  Rather than participating in her obligatory civil duties or participating in the process of the Texas Democratic Party’s State Convention, she’d rather go to the parties and engage in rhetoric while cornering people on elevators (not to mention blindsiding them).   With what’s hiding in her past, that behaviour doesn’t really shock me.  

But, even better than the press release, was Carl Whitmarsh’s* own comment from his email list: 

I couldn’t have said it better, Carl.  

Coincidentally, this was the worst thing I saw all day yesterday.  There’s nothing like a poor winner to spoil the fun.  Normally I love Juanita Jean, but this has tainted her blog.  She should apologize to the Van Os’s for the cheap shot.  There’s winning and then, winning with honour and dignity.  Considering what happened at the convention, you could afford a little humility to those that did lose.  I am not a fan of what went down, as far as the elections are concerned, and I know quite a few people who aren’t, either.  But to rub our noses in the process of what happened by making fun of those that decided to offer the people of Texas a choice at the Democratic State Convention, to participate in an election the way things should be run, is outrageous.  If this is an indication of how the next two years are going to go, you’re going to lose a lot of people in the party, and frankly, that’s something we can’t afford.  

*Edit - The attribution to Carl Whitmarsh that appears in this blog was made in complete error by yours truly.   His list is still a kickass list to belong to and he still works hard at it.  The error was an innocent mistake on my part.  

June 1st, 2012

James Cargas: Congressional District 7 and Why I’m Where I’m At

I had a chance to see James Cargas, Lissa Squiers, and Phillip Andrews screen as apart of a committee of an organization I work with.  If you’re a political type person, you can spot a “candidate” a mile away - the people that just have it.  Something in that committee screening just screamed, “James Cargas”.  

I think, if I had to look back on it, I’d have to say it was a combination of his resume, his answers on the questionnaire, and the way he addressed the organization.  He knew and understood the subtle nuances of addressing a crowd of people.  He had done his research.   

I remember looking over his resume and being impressed with a number of factors, including his work at the national level on campaigns from 2000 with Gore, to Barack Obama in 2008.  Anyone that has worked at the national level knows it’s not for the feint of heart.   You have to have faith in the Democratic Party, especially if you’re a part of a campaign that loses.  

What also impressed me about him was that he was knowledgeable about energy.  The district, for those of you that do not know (most of you), holds a portion of this city called the “energy corridor”.  Big oil firms (and some not so big) reside in a very prominent place in this district.  

I remember my mind immediately went to that hopeful place: I knew that if we had a chance to beat Culberson in November, this was the candidate.  I also knew, we likely would not see another one like him for a while.  

When the organization that I was a part of dual endorsed the campaign, against my wishes and work, I decided to contact the campaign to see what I could do to help out.  I did so because I believed in this particular candidate and his potential so much.   A whirlwind of a month and an election later, and I am further entrenched and happily so.

Then, we get into the politics of it all.  I mean, the nasty stuff that sells, despite a public saying they don’t like it.  I’d say I’d grown rather shocked at the depths a person would go to secure the Democratic nomination, but I live in Texas in a crazy Tea Party region.  What I wasn’t exactly prepared for was a Democrat acting like a Republican seeking to spread lies and misinformation at every turn.  

Lissa Squiers is James’s opponent in the run-off race.  She kind of feels it’s owed to her, because she ran as a write-in candidate in 2010.  I give her props for getting any amount of signatures, but every time I’ve met her, I just get an uneasy feeling in the pit of my stomach.  From her introduction as “I’m the person that’s going to take John Culberson’s job” to her immediate attack on her opponents, she offers little to no substance.  I don’t know what her background is or what current position she holds.  

Lissa routinely questions James’s ability to be a Congressman from Texas, because he was born in Michigan.  What she won’t tell you is that she spent six years in California.  She never mentions her family, and we don’t see them at events.  Even worse?  She openly makes fun of and lies about James’s wife.   Dr. Dorina Papageourgiou holds a Ph.D. from MD Anderson, obtained her undergraduate degree at  Johns Hopkins, and works at one of the finest medical schools in the country as a neuroscientist.   Lissa makes fun of her Greek accent and calls her an illegal immigrant.  Worse, it appears effective with certain people within the Democratic Party: the party of acceptance of immigrants. 

Even worse, Lissa seeks to demonize oil and gas corporations, or, at the very least, people that work in the sector.  She says that James is far too entrenched within the field to be objective, but here’s what I want to know: how are you going to win a district that not only holds the corporate offices of much of the oil and gas industry, but also its workforce?  There aren’t that many people willing to cut off their hand to spite their face.  As the city of Houston’s attorney in energy and environment, James can hit the ground running and represent all of the people of this district - not just the rich, not just the poor, and not just one vocal minority.  He’s willing to open a conversation, a much needed conversation, in order to be successful in November.  

Yet, his opponent still insists on saying that he’s not Democrat enough because of “who he associates with”, the person supposedly running his campaign.  First off, Lissa has no idea who is running James Cargas’s campaign and that’s very apparent by her personal attack dogs spewing their vitriol because he does have friends that do occasionally work with or on behalf of Republicans.  Sorry to be the bearer of bad news to Ms. Squiers, but when you work in an environment like energy, or in politics in the state of Texas, you sometimes have to eat.  There is a common sense to the argument that “not all Republicans are bad and not all Democrats are good.”   An educated person knows where a person’s loyalty lies, who they can count on, and that this district, as a whole, will never vote for a leftish fringe Democrat who hates the oil and gas industry and all Republicans and is unwilling to get to know either group because the mentality exists that everyone in said groups are “evil”.  

What upsets me most is Lissa’s lies and misinformation seem to have spread far and wide.  I don’t know when the Democratic Party got to this level, but this has been the worst primary election season I have seen in some years.  James Cargas and his campaign have done everything they could to run a positive campaign.  Maybe it’s time to take the kid gloves off and start asking the tough questions of Lissa Squiers.   In the mean time, I’m going to set a few things straight: 

James Cargas is a Democrat who has worked on behalf of Al Gore and President Barack Obama.  He is a Democrat who worked in the Clinton White House.  He is a Democrat who is currently working under the only openly lesbian Mayor in the country.  I do not know what Lissa’s previous campaign experience is.  I haven’t seen or heard of any.  It’s easy to sit in the shadows and poke at a person and say that they aren’t a “full” Democrat, but to say that of someone that has donated time, energy and money to Democrats and their causes over the years is insulting.  Put up or shut up, Lissa.  

Dr. Dorina Papageourgiou’s defense is listed above.  I’d like to ask what Lissa’s current position is, other than “woman running for CD7”.  Where are the finance reports that are  mandatory for every other candidate to file, regardless of how much is earned.  If she can research how much, where from, and who James has raised funds from, shouldn’t she be held to the same accountability?  

On paper, in person, and at every turn, James Cargas is the only candidate with a legitimate campaign and operation that can beat John Culberson in the election, because he is the only person running that truly understands this district.  If he wasn’t, I wouldn’t be volunteering on his behalf.  

If you live in Congressional District 7, in Houston, and voted in the Democratic Primary, please make sure you get out to vote in the run-off, and make your vote count, by voting for the best candidate: James Cargas.  Also, start asking the hard questions of Lissa Squiers.  Sometimes the most vitriol wins, but for the wrong reasons. 

Edited for two corrections: 

Dr. Dorina Papageourgiou received her undergraduate degree at the University of Georgia, her Masters at Johns Hopkins, and her Ph.D at MD Anderson.  

The only people not eligible to vote in the Democratic Primary Run-off are those that voted in the Republican Primary.  Those that wish to vote in the Primary Run-off, but are not registered, must do so by July 2nd.   (source: