CHARLES VS. ED: WHEN WILL THAT LAWSUIT COME?

EMMETT: BACARISSE FALSELY STATED MY POSITION!

What’s going on with the defamation lawsuit that Harris County Judge Ed Emmett threatened to bring against Charles Bacarisse, his opponent in the GOP primary for county judge?

“I have not filed,” Emmett said this week. “We’ll wait and see what his minions continue to say.”

Emmett earlier this month threatened to sue Bacarisse because the former district clerk’s campaign mailed a flier that said Emmett “has not once publicly called for property tax relief.”

“You can put up with a lot in politics,” Emmett said then, “but he can’t get away with falsely stating my position. It’s not a question of being thin-skinned. You cannot let somebody constantly misstate your position.”

This week, Emmett said that his problem was with Bacarisse’s “minions,” referring to political consultants Jim McGrath and Chris Begala, who are helping run Bacarisse’s campaign.

Bacarisse said his campaign printed the fliers the day before Emmett called for cutting the county property tax rate by a penny.

— BILL MURPHY

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