I have one thing to say about this.
“I have not taken myself out of the contest,” Hall told me late last week. He also told me, “I’ve decided, but I’ve just not announced.”
Hall is the attorney for Chad Holley, the teenager who appears on a surveillance video being beaten by Houston police while he was handcuffed and lying on the ground.
When I asked Hall why he had still not declared, he said with a laugh, “Looks like she’s defeating herself. She doesn’t need an opponent.”
Those are almost the exact words former tax assessor-collector Paul Bettencourt used in March when I asked him if he would run against Parker. He told me last month, “I’m watching it very carefully at this point, waiting to see if Mr. Hall makes a decision.”
Dude. Put up or shut up already. That goes for Bettencourt, too. All this begging for attention is just pathetic. If you think you can win – and remember, Hall was thinking about running in 2009 but got stared down by Gene Locke – then run. If you think you can do a better job – and remember, Bettencourt is the guy that walked away from the Tax Assessor job he’d been re-elected to less than a month after being re-elected because he had other things to do – then run. Until then, who really cares?