Here’s a letter from Democratic precinct chairs, a comparison from Reuben Leslie (a 20+ year Democratic Precinct and and party activist), and a fundraising report — all very instructive, in our view, on why Andy Brown should not be our next Travis County Judge:
FROM REUBEN LESLIE, Democratic Precinct Chair #259:
- 14 years of public service experience, 6 years as County Commissioner for Precinct 2 and 8 years as a prosecutor and civil attorney in the Travis County Attorney’s Office.
- Leadership roles in regional intergovernmental bodies. Adjunct professor at the UT LBJ School. Named outstanding elected public official by the American Society for Public Administration in 2013.
- A true progressive good-government-practicing and liberal democrat with the ideas, passion and skills to engage all stakeholders and work out solutions in the public interest.
- She is the daughter of Bob Eckhardt who was my Congressman when I was a student at Rice University in Houston.
- Sarah, like her father, is one of those amazing public servants who take on the most difficult work and make it look not only easy but also a lot of fun. She was recognized early this year by the American Society for Public Adminstration for epitomizing ASPA’s principles, which are (in reverse order of importance):
Advance Professional Excellence; Promote Ethical Organizations; Demonstrate personal integrity; Fully Inform and Advise; Strengthen social equity; Promote democratic participation; Uphold the Constitution and the Law; and Finally, the most important principle, not only for public administrators but for elected officials and citizens too, is Advance the Public Interest: promote the interests of the public and put service to the public above service to oneself. I know of no one else who better epitomizes these values, especially putting the public interest first.
Andy Brown’s record
- No elected public office experience.
- Record of ineptitude, resulting in unprecedented dissension and dysfunction during his 2 and a half terms, in conducting party business meetings in compliance with the law, something a county judge must do well.
- Outrageous record of putting donors’ and his own personal interests above democratic process and community interests.
- Dishonesty and delay disclosing party finance information to the governing body of the party.
- Deliberate sabotage of democratic reform efforts. Failure to follow through on commitments and basic unfairness in committee appointments. Exclusionary cronyism, bullying, and bossism in running the party.
|Travis County Democratic Party Fundraising Reports|
|TCDP||Cash on Hand||Spend||Contribs|
|Raised for TCDP Thru June 2013||$30,668.00|
|Raised for Andy Brown thru June 2013||$178,413.00|
|TCDP Spend 2012||$495,903.00|
|TCDP Raise 2012||$401,404.00|