Defying the will of Houstonians


Mayor Sylvester Turner doesn’t have time for this whole democracy thing.

We haven’t even voted yet on the Fair Pay for Firefighter Proposition B thing yet, and the Mayor already has an item on the November 7th council agenda to hire lawyers to possibly sue over it.

Guess he suspects it will pass? Guess he also doesn’t care about the will of Houstonians?

Turner wants Houston City Council to authorize up to $1.3 million dollars for the law firm that would sue to overturn the will of the voters if you disappoint the Mayor.

Oh. Did we mention the firm is Norton Rose Fulbright? Maybe you didn’t notice, that the treasurer of the Anti-firefighter PAC Protect Houston is Neil Thomas, who is a Partner in the Law Firm.

The Protect Houston PAC was advertised as a group of bipartisan folks, but when you look at the money, about a third comes from the Mayor’s political campaign, and a bunch more from the Mayor’s downtown business buddies and from Houston cops, who apparently think they are bigger heroes than firefighters or work harder or something like that.

“I suppose the Mayor would say he’s just being proactive, but at some point, this petty vindictiveness nonsense must stop,” says Wayne Dolcefino, President of Dolcefino Consulting.

The Mayor has spent the better part of the last year trying to deny firefighters their pay in the ballot box, and now that they won the right to have you vote the Mayor doesn’t seem satisfied with the notion that you are smart enough to decide what you want to do.

The Mayor hasn’t taken us up on our offer to help the City find ways to cut unnecessary spending ABSOLUTELY FREE. Maybe he’s been too busy getting his City Hall lawyers to keep public records a secret or getting mad at reporters for daring to question disaster contracts.

Dolcefino Consulting has now asked to see records detailing the $7 million-dollar legal deal his former law partner Barry Barnes just got in a hurricane disaster relief contract.