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Endorsement watch: For the watchdog

The Chron endorses County Attorney Vince Ryan for re-election.

Because crime makes more headlines than drawing up contracts for bond issues or conducting reviews of county agencies, the Harris County District Attorney’s Office has a much higher public profile than the Harris County Attorney’s Office.

But measuring the relative value and importance of the two by headlines and column inches alone is a fool’s errand. As the county’s chief civil lawyer, the county attorney sits at the center of a humming world of government business.

The office mandate is “to preserve and protect the public interest.” We believe the Democratic incumbent, Vince Ryan, takes that role seriously and, for the most part, succeeds in achieving it. We favor Ryan for re-election over the Republican candidate, former state Rep. Robert Talton.

Ryan, a longtime assistant under former County Attorney Mike Driscoll, brings a thorough knowledge of the inner workings of the county to his job, which includes all manner of duties. Among them: advising county officials and preparing contracts for the county; defending the county when lawsuits are filed against it; and helping protect neighborhoods, cleaning up the environment and shutting down illegal enterprises.

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We endorse Vince Ryan for re-election as Harris County attorney in the belief that he will continue to bring the requisite seriousness of purpose to the job.

I’ll be publishing an interview with Ryan a week from Monday. I think Ryan has done a good job, and I’m glad the Chron endorsed him. And I still don’t understand what happened with the Republican primary for County Attorney. Given how much the establishment didn’t like Robert Talton, it amazes me that they couldn’t find someone to run against him before the original filing deadline. Old news, of course, but still curious. Anyway, good call by the Chron.

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5 Comments

  1. joshua bullard says:

    jesus god ol mighty what in gods name is charles kuffner putting in his coffee???

    seroiusly the chron.com is high-they are literally high on this endorsement

    vince ryan spent 100 000$ to produce a preventive dog fighting video from his personal friend-he could have bought one that was premade for 39$dollars.now i dont know about you but i think the rate payers dem or rep would go with 39$ over 100,000$
    kuffner just likes the guy because of partisan politics-

    the correct vote in this race is robert talton-

    for the love of god kuffner at some point your going to have to stop this tom foolery. joshua ben bullard

  2. Mainstream says:

    I predict a significant number of Inside the Loop Republicans will cross over to support Ryan for County Attorney, some will do the same for Adrian Garcia for Sheriff, some in some Education positions, and perhaps in a few statewide contests where their efforts will be more symbolic than effective (perhaps for Keith Hampton rather than Judge Sharon Keller, and for some opponent to John Devine).

  3. I WRITE IN ALL CAPS TO REGISTER MY EXCITEMENT says:

    FOR THE LOVE OF GOD KUFFNER, AT SOME POINT YOU ARE GOING TO HAVE TO GET IT TOGETHER MAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAN!!!!

  4. Jj says:

    Why do Dems always expect Reps to cross over and vote for Dems but never vice versa? It’s like the word bipartisan, which Dems define as “agree with us sometimes even though we will never agree with you on anything.”

  5. […] along with Sheriff Adrian Garcia and a slew of other Democrats in 2008. Ryan, who was recently endorsed by the Chronicle, has had a productive if somewhat contentious term in office. Among his accomplishments, Ryan has […]

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