Democrats will have no shortage of opportunities to play offense in 2012, but if you want to get a head start on that, I have a suggestion. Here’s a bit from this story about Commissioner Sylvia Garcia’s electoral defeat to focus on:
No commissioners endorsed [Commissioner-elect Jack] Morman or donated to his campaign, but a couple of close observers said Morman was helped by Precinct 3 Commissioner Steve Radack, who had been predicting Morman’s victory for months. The commissioner-elect said questions about Radack’s support were better answered by Radack himself. Radack said they conferred on the phone but that he was not otherwise involved in Morman’s campaign.
Steve Radack helped knock off Sylvia Garcia. He’s the biggest impediment Sheriff Adrian Garcia faces in his efforts to clean up the mess that Tommy Thomas left behind, and he will surely work hard to derail Garcia’s re-election bid. If you’re angry and upset about last week’s election results, here’s a place to channel that. In particular, the people who have spent the past few years bemoaning the lack of Latino representation locally should be taking a hard look at this. I’ve been saying for awhile that changing demographics in western Harris County represents a big opportunity for some ambitious Democrat. Even with Commissioners Court precincts being redrawn next year, I still believe that to be the case. There aren’t that many other opportunities in Harris County for Democrats to play offense in 2012 – District Attorney, Tax Assessor, two HCDE Trustees, a few judges, and whatever legislative and Congressional redistricting gives us. The rest will be defense. All I can say is that if Steve Radack isn’t on the target list, we’re not thinking big enough.