Harris County Precinct 4 Commissioner Jerry Eversole on Tuesday declared that he will be acquitted of federal bribery charges in his upcoming trial and left open the possibility he will run for re-election again in 2014.
Speaking after his first Commissioners Court meeting since his federal indictment on Dec. 21, Eversole said his legal troubles will not prevent him from continuing to serve.
“It does not impede my job. I was elected to do a job as Harris County commissioner, and I will continue to do that job,” Eversole said.
In other words, he’s the same ol’ Jerry he’s always been. You know, I don’t think I can argue with that.
One might wonder if the local Rs would just as soon see Eversole hang up his cleats and call it a career. There’s no shortage of people who’d love to have his job. Plus, if someone presses the case that Harris County (estimated to be 39.8% Hispanic as of 2009, certain to be more so in the official 2010 numbers) ought to have a Hispanic opportunity seat on Commissioners Court, it’d likely make things easier if Eversole was the odd man out. Greg has provided two examples of what such a map might look like, with the former being a clear-cut 2R/2D map and the latter being 2R/1D, with a D-leaning swing seat.
But that’s not ol’ Jerry’s concern. He’ll keep on keeping on, raising money for his
legal defense fund next campaign, and not worrying about such trivialities. That’s what made him the man he is today. In related news, Eversole wants to get his trial over with even though his attorney wants to take things a wee bit slower, and a group called the Greater Houston Coalition for Justice wants Eversole to resign. I daresay the Commissioner is more likely to get his wish than the Coalition is.