January 06, 2008

Austinite Of The Year, McBlogger style

The other day, as I was stalking yet another foreigner who cut me off on MoPac, I realized there had to be a better way. I also started thinking about, aside from traffic, how blessed I am to live in Austin. One of the things that makes this city so amazing are the wonderful people we've elected to represent us. From the Bolton to Strama, there is some real talent and, dare I say it, genuine goodness to the people we've elected.

Naturally, I thought of an award post. I talked to The Mayor about and he was less than enthusiastic. I mentioned that I wanted it to be Rep. Eddie Rodriguez and he perked up a bit. Then he read my original post which was all about the toll road vote and demanded (yes! DEMANDED) that I at least mention all the other good stuff Rep. Rodriguez has done. Like going to Ardmore, OK when the Democrats in the House broke quorum in 2003 in an effort to stop redistricting. He, and the others, exiled themselves to Oklahoma... the Cleveland of states... in an effort to stop the unprecedented mid-decade redistricting that gave the Republicans control of the Congressional delegation from Texas.

Over the years, he's also worked hard to keep CHIP fully funded (unlike others we could mention), create real school finance reform, stop the insidious voter ID plans of that fatass Linda Harper-Brown and, in general, stymie all the bad policy coming from the opposite side of the political spectrum.

That aside, what happened in October was something altogether different. It takes a lot of courage to stand up for what you believe in and to serve the citizens you represent. Never was that clearer to me than in October during CAMPO's vote on the Phase Two Toll Roads. There were a bunch of people who caved in to the Chamber (a politically devastating move) and there were a few who stood up and said 'Not to so much with this bullshit'.

One of them was Rep. Eddie Rodriguez.

We know for a fact Rep. Rodriguez was receiving a lot of outside pressure. Honestly, he could have voted for it and not hurt his chances at re-election. Yet he did what was right, something very uncommon in our coldly calculating politicians. As more and more of us begin paying attention and shining a light on things, this will hopefully become more common. Either that or we'll replace more people in elected office.

For standing up for the people of Austin, we say thank you to our Austinite of the Year, Rep. Eddie Rodriguez.

Posted by mcblogger at January 6, 2008 12:31 PM

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I thought Eddie deserved some kind of award just for that evening he spent discussing immigration reform with Sister Ruth, who hadn't read the label on her medication cautioning against drinking alcohol.

Posted by: Mayor McSleaze [TypeKey Profile Page] at January 6, 2008 12:55 PM

Well, there was that, too. However, we were all kind of responsible. We did nothing to stop it.

Posted by: mcblogger [TypeKey Profile Page] at January 6, 2008 01:35 PM

I thought it was the Captain's turn to bring the tranq gun.

Posted by: Mayor McSleaze [TypeKey Profile Page] at January 6, 2008 02:25 PM

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