Does Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo Walk On Water?
After a gushing Houston Chronicle profile about Lina Hidalgo, and now the Hobby Center poll says she is the most popular politician in Harris County, one has to wonder what is going on here? Hidalgo was a graduate student in New York, who basically as a lark ran as the only Democrat in the primary to take on incumbent County Judge Ed Emmett. She ran in a unique year, the last straight ticket election in
Texas and was elected by the Robert "Beto" O'Rourke $100 million campaign versus Senator Ted Cruz. Even with unprecedented help, she squeaked by.
The problem is, the other side of the story needs to be told.
- She has led Harris County into virtually exhausting the "rainy day" funds by pushing every kooky spending idea brought forward.
- She sponsored the $17+ million dollars Covid hospital at NRG stadium that delivered services to ZERO patients and was promptly dismantled.
- She is the architect with County Commissioner Rodney Ellis of what they call "bail reform." Others more accurately describe it as a jail break for hardened criminals. Over 100 innocents are now dead, murdered by dangerous criminals released by the Hidalgo plan. Has she learned her lesson? No, she is pushing a new bail bond deal on felons to empty the county jail, releasing more of these criminals into our community!
- She has been stopped for now from getting her jail break by State Senator Paul Bettencourt and his legislative colleagues who have said no and intervened in the pending suit.
- She has been the leading advocate for a New York City-style lockdown restricting bars and restaurants and thus crippling that industry. She is supportive of virtual learning for our children, opposing the CDC and irate parents as many of our Harris County public schools remain closed to in-person learning, particularly HISD. As a result, many of our children from disadvantaged communities are falling hopelessly behind in their education.
- She supports "equity" (now defined as shifting of funds to low-income communities of color, not the Webster definition of fair and impartial!) in spending flood dollars to stop flooding. This dumb idea is to install "quotas," and instead of attacking the flood problems where we need it most to save the most people and property from future floods. At TCR, we call this the politicalization of flood control. FEMA and the Army Corps of Engineers have long funded flood control projects based on a cost benefit formula.
The truth is Hidalgo is a clear and present danger to the citizens of Harris County and their children.