I was not eager this morning to read the many emails I got over the weekend about the city ethics commission not ruling on the walking quorum issue. Some of you have way too much time on your hands to cook up conspiracy theories.
The bottom line is that they made the right call. They don't need to take up the issue since the DA's office is involved - and apparently the Texas Rangers are kicking in doors and dragging suspects off with a rope tied to their horse... at least that's what some blogger claim. I have yet to have anyone - ANYONE - substantiate the claim that the Texas Rangers are interviewing people. I know all about the grand jury and what's going on there, yet nobody will fess up to talking to a man with a cowboy hat, badge and a Colt Thumb Buster about a meeting where too many geniuses were in the room at the same time.
The decision to pass on this one doesn't mean nothing wrong happened. I just means those accused will not have to be tried twice for the same crime. If you were the focus of multiple trials for the same crime, you'd be unhappy about it - trust me. Besides, the city ethics commission is a kangaroo court at best. Electeds chose the members who are themselves all political players of some note. The most unethical thing to ever happen at city hall was them choosing their own oversight committee.
To be clear - nobody is in the clear yet. Stop freaking out and declaring "justice is dead!" If anything the ethics commission is as unjust of a governing/ruling body than private police force. I question their authority to do anything they attempt to do on any matter and you should too. The complaint is in the hands of the DA - where it should be. If a crime was committed, this is where you want it adjudicated. And I'm sure they're going to find these council members guilty and sentence them all to hang in the San Jacinto park... assuming it's not under construction at the time.
And that's really the point here. Those of you looking for some kind of revenge aren't going to get it. The mayor, as of today, is not running for anything again (everyday I hear a new rumor about him running for something). Niland is walking away. Nobody liked Limon in the first place. Svarzbein is a wallflower and will continue to be. Tolbert no longer calls Byrd a friend. I don't see anyone to knock off a high horse here.
And yes, I understand that Commissioner Perez has teamed up with Judge Escobar to achieve world dominance, but this little walking quorum thing isn't helping them that much. They really failed when they didn't run a candidate for mayor. They may pick up a couple seats on council to help Rep. Ordaz on a few votes, but that's about it. The days of the Shapleigh Campers railroading their agenda through council are gone. You see, term limits work.