Harris County Commissioner Jerry Eversole has racked up $1.1 million in legal bills fighting a federal corruption probe in the past two years, nearly exhausting his campaign funds months before his case is to be retried.
Campaign finance reports show Eversole has $51,000 left in the bank after paying $1.1 million to defense lawyer Rusty Hardin’s firm. Eversole, a commissioner for 20 years, has raised just $60 this year and says he’s not sure how he will pay for his trial.
“I really and truly don’t have any idea what I’m going to do,” Eversole said. “I know I’m planning on going to trial on Oct. 24. By what means I’m going to pay for that, I don’t know.
“If I’m going to have to work the rest of my life to pay off Rusty Hardin, that’s what I’ll do.
“I don’t have a great deal of finances or, really, the ability to raise finances in the circumstances that I’m in,” Eversole continued.
Please. If he gets acquitted, he’ll have three more years as County Commissioner to raise whatever he needs. If he get convicted, money will be the least of his concerns. I don’t know whose sympathy he’s hoping to get with this story, but it won’t be mine.