County judge successor already chosen?

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Along with other local news outlets, KUHF-88.7 is reporting that the person who will replace Harris County Judge Robert Eckels may be former state Rep. Ed Emmett:

[I]t seems the decision for a successor may already be made. At least three members of the court appear to favor local consultant Ed Emmett, including Commissioner Steve Radack.

“He’s very talented, very intelligent from Rice University, graduate of Rice University. A number of people have talked to me about him and I’ve yet to hear one negative word about Ed and I think he’ll be a — you know if Robert does go and Ed gets the vote of the Commissioners’ Court — I think he’ll be an excellent county judge.”


University of Houston Political Science Professor Dick Murray says Ed Emmett has support from both political parties.

“To the average voter he’s an unknown person, but he served with Robert Eckels and with El Franco Lee in the legislature so he’s known to two of the five votes on the court pretty well and apparently is a well-liked person. And it looks like he may be an acceptable compromise to the members of the court that have to make the replacement.”

This appears to be a bio of Emmett.

Back room deals that choose “elected” officials really stink.


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