Press Release: The one who is “playing fast and loose with the truth” is Gary Blankinship. Parker’s ad clearly states the law enforcement organizations that have endorsed her: the Houston Police Patrolmen’s Union, the Metro Police, the Mexican American Sheriff’s Organization and the Harris County Afro-American Sheriff’s Deputy League. Yet, Blankinship says these are not “legitimate” police officers.
In fact, Lawyer-Lobbyist Gene Locke’s ad implies he has the endorsement of all police officers, which is patently untrue, and does not mention the name of the organization endorsing him.
Mr. Blankinship is recycling tired, false accusations that have already been discredited in an effort to divert attention from his own problems with credibility. His excuse that “the tape ran out” on Parker’s screening meeting with HPOU is akin to a “the dog ate my homework” excuse that a five- year-old would use. Mr. Blankinship won’t come clean with the tape because he knows it will prove his accusations false.
The voters know that Annise Parker has committed to providing Houstonians the best trained, best equipped and best paid police officers in the state. In fact, as Controller, Parker conducted audits that identified waste and mismanagement and freed up funding for priorities like public safety. Lawyer-lobbyist Locke, on the other hand, has made promise after promise but has not detailed how he will pay for anything.