Mayor White to use Houston crime rate as a selling point in race for Governor


White, a three-term mayor who is balding and known for something of a bland personality, is expected use self-deprecating humor to tell a Hilton Americas crowd of supporters that he knows he is not a “perfect candidate” but is someone who can get things done.

White has said he wants to end “strident partisanship” in Austin. He will tell supporters he wants to improve high school graduation rates and slow the rising costs of insurance and college tuition.

He will build his campaign on a record as Houston mayor, claiming lower crime rates and successful battles with polluters to clean the city's air even while being opposed by the state's environmental protection agency.


There was a surge in crime in 2006 (but we were told not to make a certain connection), HPD has had a manpower shortage for years now (which MayorWhiteChiefHurtt have tried minimize discussion about), and HPD has problems accurately counting crime stats (thanks to KHOU-11's Mark Greenblatt so we can't ever be sure if the numbers HPD produces are accurate).

UPDATE: More on Mayor White's crime-fighting expertise: "Meanwhile, Houston Mayor Bill White on Wednesday said that criminals likely went free because the fingerprint unit missed prints on evidence."

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Posted by Anne Linehan @ 12/04/09 04:37 AM | Print |

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