Monday, January 21, 2008

Dean Hrbacek: A Jenny Craig momemt



This undated image shows a campaign brochure for former Sugar Land Mayor Dean Hrbacek, a Republican candidate for U.S. Congress. Congressional candidate Hrbacek appears slimmer than usual in a new campaign brochure because a photo of his head was affixed to the image of a different body.(AP Photo/Houston Chronicle)

Hrbacek, a tax lawyer and accountant, is seeking the nomination to run against Democratic U.S. Rep. Nick Lampson.

Stick a fork in him...he's done.

2 comments:

TXBlogger said...

Speaking of ethics concerns:

I just listened to an interview of the TXHD27 challenger. More candidates need to do this. It did generate many additional questions for me regarding his ethics admissions to the Texas Bar Association though.

In a Fortbendnow piece on ethics in politics
(http://www.fortbendnow.com/news/3696) Reynolds responded seeming to blame an associate in his law firm. This seems to
contradict his podcast information and opens up
numerous other questions like, by making the admissions
of record to the bar association isn't he providing
false testimony? Or is it one truth for the media
during the campaign and one to settle this series (4
bar complaints and 2 sanctions) prior to his run for
office? Remember he has only been practicing law for 7
years and has two concurrent sanctions through 2009. So who did he lie to (media or the bar assoc.)?

This sounds like typical pol. spin out of his camp. He
also claims to be involved with several fbc grassroots
groups that he has nothing to do with (Coalition
Against Blue Ridge Landfill Expansion, Single-Member
School Districts and StopGPTolls -- he isn't involved
with any of these groups or their boards. You can
easily confirm this). Additionally, Dora has met with 2
of these groups and supports their efforts actively
and is very much involved with the CABLFE (landfill
fight). This leads me to many further questions
regarding this mans real motives and character for running.

See his post from FBN:

115 Ron Reynolds - Jan 23, 03:20 AM
I’m not one that normally responds to gossip and mess
that personally affects me. I’m a big boy and can
handle negative attacks by the opposition. I’m
reminded of a powerful quote by Dr. Martin Luther
King, Jr. “the ultimate measure of a man is not where
he stands at moments of comfort and conveyance, but
where he stands at times of challenge and
controversy”. However, I will not sit on the sideline
while people that I respect are attacked because they
are defending me. So let’s set the record straight.

I was sanctioned by the State Bar for matters that
took place years ago while I was helping take care of
a very ill parent that couldn’t take care of
themselves at the time. In my absence I placed client
responsibilities on to an associate and several
matters fell through the cracks. Even though I didn’t
directly mishandle the matters I was responsible
because I was the attorney of record. The client’s
filed grievances and I accepted responsibility for the
mistakes and voluntarily agreed to a probated
suspension. I admit that I made a mistake and learned
a valuable lesson from that experience. I learned that
no matter what kind of crisis that may be happening in
my life, I’m still responsible for adequately
supervising my staff to ensure that client matters are
properly handled. I’m not the type of person to make
excuses for my mistakes or blame someone else. I take
ownership for my shortcomings and try to learn from
them and move on. As a Christian I know that “all have
sinned and fallen short of the glory of God”. I also
know that people who live in glass houses should stop
throwing rocks. Muckraker you of all people should not
be so quick to judge!!!

I’ve been blessed with a very successful career. I
finished in the top 5 of my graduating class in
college. I was among the youngest persons ever
appointed as an Associate Municipal Judge for The City
of Houston. I have served as President of the Houston
Lawyers Association (again one of the youngest). I’m
currently President of the Ft. Bend County NAACP. I
serve as legal counsel for numerous non profits. I
challenge you to find an attorney that has received
the number of awards and recognition that I have for
my civic involvement at the age of 35.

So all this focus on my grievance with the State Bar
is not reflective of my character nor my ability to
lead. I was asked to run for State Rep. by several
elected officials and community leaders that believe
in me and have personally worked with me over the
years. I’m endorsed by the highest ranking Democrats
in Fort Bend County, Congressman Al Green, Senator
Rodney Ellis, Commissioner Grady Prestage and
Constable Ruben Davis, to name a few. Each of them
knows about the matters with the state bar and fully
supports me. I’m not going to let this negativity
deter me from running a positive clean campaign. In
the end, I believe people are sick and tired of the
negative politics that seeks to divide. The focus
should return to who is better suited to lead the
fight for improving the education of our youth, making
sure people have access to affordable healthcare and
improving our economy.

-------

Apparently this was all timed for release:

Questions I have following this media blitz by his
spin crew:

Why did he wait so long to try and clear this up?

Why is the story different from one public source to
the next?

Why did he admit to these if he did not do them?

Does it create additional ethics violations
misinforming the TX bar?

TXBlogger said...

Speaking of ethics concerns:

I just listened to an interview of the TXHD27 challenger. More candidates need to do this. It did generate many additional questions for me regarding his ethics admissions to the Texas Bar Association though.

In a Fortbendnow piece on ethics in politics
(http://www.fortbendnow.com/news/3696) Reynolds responded seeming to blame an associate in his law firm. This seems to
contradict his podcast information and opens up
numerous other questions like, by making the admissions
of record to the bar association isn't he providing
false testimony? Or is it one truth for the media
during the campaign and one to settle this series (4
bar complaints and 2 sanctions) prior to his run for
office? Remember he has only been practicing law for 7
years and has two concurrent sanctions through 2009. So who did he lie to (media or the bar assoc.)?

This sounds like typical pol. spin out of his camp. He
also claims to be involved with several fbc grassroots
groups that he has nothing to do with (Coalition
Against Blue Ridge Landfill Expansion, Single-Member
School Districts and StopGPTolls -- he isn't involved
with any of these groups or their boards. You can
easily confirm this). Additionally, Dora has met with 2
of these groups and supports their efforts actively
and is very much involved with the CABLFE (landfill
fight). This leads me to many further questions
regarding this mans real motives and character for running.

See his post from FBN:

115 Ron Reynolds - Jan 23, 03:20 AM
I’m not one that normally responds to gossip and mess
that personally affects me. I’m a big boy and can
handle negative attacks by the opposition. I’m
reminded of a powerful quote by Dr. Martin Luther
King, Jr. “the ultimate measure of a man is not where
he stands at moments of comfort and conveyance, but
where he stands at times of challenge and
controversy”. However, I will not sit on the sideline
while people that I respect are attacked because they
are defending me. So let’s set the record straight.

I was sanctioned by the State Bar for matters that
took place years ago while I was helping take care of
a very ill parent that couldn’t take care of
themselves at the time. In my absence I placed client
responsibilities on to an associate and several
matters fell through the cracks. Even though I didn’t
directly mishandle the matters I was responsible
because I was the attorney of record. The client’s
filed grievances and I accepted responsibility for the
mistakes and voluntarily agreed to a probated
suspension. I admit that I made a mistake and learned
a valuable lesson from that experience. I learned that
no matter what kind of crisis that may be happening in
my life, I’m still responsible for adequately
supervising my staff to ensure that client matters are
properly handled. I’m not the type of person to make
excuses for my mistakes or blame someone else. I take
ownership for my shortcomings and try to learn from
them and move on. As a Christian I know that “all have
sinned and fallen short of the glory of God”. I also
know that people who live in glass houses should stop
throwing rocks. Muckraker you of all people should not
be so quick to judge!!!

I’ve been blessed with a very successful career. I
finished in the top 5 of my graduating class in
college. I was among the youngest persons ever
appointed as an Associate Municipal Judge for The City
of Houston. I have served as President of the Houston
Lawyers Association (again one of the youngest). I’m
currently President of the Ft. Bend County NAACP. I
serve as legal counsel for numerous non profits. I
challenge you to find an attorney that has received
the number of awards and recognition that I have for
my civic involvement at the age of 35.

So all this focus on my grievance with the State Bar
is not reflective of my character nor my ability to
lead. I was asked to run for State Rep. by several
elected officials and community leaders that believe
in me and have personally worked with me over the
years. I’m endorsed by the highest ranking Democrats
in Fort Bend County, Congressman Al Green, Senator
Rodney Ellis, Commissioner Grady Prestage and
Constable Ruben Davis, to name a few. Each of them
knows about the matters with the state bar and fully
supports me. I’m not going to let this negativity
deter me from running a positive clean campaign. In
the end, I believe people are sick and tired of the
negative politics that seeks to divide. The focus
should return to who is better suited to lead the
fight for improving the education of our youth, making
sure people have access to affordable healthcare and
improving our economy.

-------

Apparently this was all timed for release:

Questions I have following this media blitz by his
spin crew:

Why did he wait so long to try and clear this up?

Why is the story different from one public source to
the next?

Why did he admit to these if he did not do them?

Does it create additional ethics violations
misinforming the TX bar?