With eight candidates running in the race for Harris County Sheriff, many are trying to sort out which candidate will be most able to defeat Adrian Garcia in the fall, I thought it expedient to list the reasons why I support Carl Pittman for Sheriff of Harris County.
I have known Carl Pittman for several years, and have been a proponent of his for quite some time. I would like to share with you the many qualifications and qualities that make him, by far, the best candidate for taking back the office of Sheriff. For those who have not gotten to know Carl well, please allow me to share some facts that make Carl uniquely qualified for this office.
Carl came from very humble beginnings. From the Fulshear Texas area, Carl’s young life was in a home without running water. He soon realized that although there should be no stigma about living in poverty, he disciplined himself to excel in school, and chose a different path for his life. He joined the Marines after graduating from high school, where he served and was discharged honorably, then chose to, became a policeman in southern California. After some years serving in law enforcement, Carl once more changed careers, and became a business owner, in the real estate and mortgage business. Here Carl learned the business skills which would enable him to understand and get a handle on controlling the budget of the Harris County Sheriff’s office. After a very successful career, Carl chose to return to Texas, and once again, to a career in law enforcement.
His business and law enforcement experiences provide unique qualifications to manage the office of Sheriff. Some of the other candidates for Sheriff have singular qualities, but none have the unique combination of experiences that Carl Pittman brings to the Harris County Sheriff’s race.
Speaking of other candidates let me be as frank, as possible. You know, we all have candidates that we like. Some of the candidates in this race are very likable individuals. As you see these candidates in your mind’s eye, may I ask if you would want them to come to your home, or train others to come to your home at 3:00 A.M., to protect you, to prevent a break in, assault, or home invasion, when your life or those of your loved ones, was in danger? Let’s be honest with each other; being a likeable candidate doesn’t mean being a qualified candidate; being a likeable candidate doesn’t mean that one can win against an entrenched incumbent in November!
We may all have our preferences, but let’s step back and take an objective look at these candidates. Several of these candidates have only recently begun to campaign; prior to a few months ago, they had never shown their face at a Republican Party meeting. Now they expect us to support, work for, and vote for them? Puleeez! We will be writing about Carl’s opponents in depth in the near future, but just let me remind you that “likability” does not mean “win ability”!
Just take a long look at these individuals the next time you meet them at a Republican event or meet and greet. I hope that you take my following comments about various TV sitcom characters with a touch of humor, as they are meant to be given. From amongst the lot, we find a dentist, who very well may be a great dentist, but having never been a professional, paid, law enforcement officer, one wonders just how he has the professional experience and knowledge to direct one of the largest law enforcement offices in the country. While I do commend him for his volunteer service, I liken him to Barney Fife, from the “Andy Griffith show”, a nice guy, but rather bumbling, less than competent individual. More than one of these candidates really should stay in retirement! At least one of these individuals has never been a peace officer in the state of Texas. As a bureaucrat, let me ask, how would you rate the effectiveness of how well the drug war, sex slave trade, or the illegal immigrant invasion was fought during the George W. Bush administration? As many of us who voted for W., sadly realize, does anyone involved with that administration deserve praise for curtailing the crime due to illegal immigration that grew out of control during W.’s administration? As Sarah Palin would ask, “How’s that working out for you”?
Next, you have the “Roscoe P. Coltrane” (of Dukes of Hazzard fame) of Harris/Liberty County, who would misuse his authority to close down a business because he thought (without checking to be sure)that his wife had $16.00 stolen from her car at a local car wash (“I’ve got you now, you car wash thieves/Duke boys!”)This individual not only was fired from the Harris County sheriff’s department, but has a LOOOONG list of reprimands from said sheriff’s department. Frankly, my friends, it scares me, to think that this individual, might be given a chance to lead the HCSO. At least one of these gentlemen has shown a wanton disregard for the rule of law, and if they are unwilling to obey the law, why should they even remotely be considered for a position enforcing the law? We see the results of an administration that does not respect the constitution and laws of the United States; do we want individuals in charge of law enforcement in Harris County who have demonstrably and wantonly broken the law?
As much as some of these candidates are VERY likable and probably very nice fellows with whom to chat, they are far from qualified at best, and at worse will cause great embarrassment, disgrace, and cost of law suits to the people of Harris County, and the Republican Party, should they garner the candidacy for the office of sheriff.
Can you actually imagine a press conference with some of these individuals at the podium, with lights, cameras, and critical reporters facing them? One of these individuals always refers to the office of “Sharff”. I’m sorry; we all have things we are better suited for, and some of the folks in this race are less than adequately suited for the media exposure brought to this office. It’s best to objectively realize this now, than to choose a nominee who will be vulnerable come the general election.
Getting back to “win ability”. Carl not only has procured the majority of endorsements from Republican Party activists and leaders, but in the fall, will be able to draw votes from a very large, diverse coalition of voters, something which cannot be said by any other candidate in this race.
Carl has been a diligent campaigner, becoming involved in the HCRP, working hard to gain the admiration and respect of grass roots activists and Party leaders. I challenge you to compare his very impressive list of endorsements with any other candidate in this race. It is unequalled by the other seven candidates combined. From precinct chairs to SREC members, Carl has won support from a large group of conservatives. One who endorsed Carl early on was that most famous sheriff, most hated by the Obama regime and other leftists, Joe Arpaio.
Most people recognize “Sheriff Joe” for the conservative stands he takes, and he has been a recipient of a concerted effort by the Left to destroy him, particularly by the Obama administration, for standing up for the American citizen; working hard to protect the citizens of Maricopa County, Arizona, taking a stand against the rampant illegal immigration that threatens law-abiding citizens. Sometimes, you get to know an individual by the enemies he makes!
As you are all too aware, Harris County is also on the forefront of the battle against the crime brought on by the Mexican drug cartels. Harris County is a hub for the illegal drug trade, kidnapping, gun running, the exploitation of young girls into the sex slave trade, and all manner of other crimes associated with illegal immigration.
Joe Arpaio has heartily endorsed Carl Pittman, as one who will fight for the law-abiding citizens of Harris County. Joe’s endorsement doesn’t come easily, and he travelled to Houston last year to lend support to Carl’s campaign.
Like “Sheriff Joe”, Carl is committed to protecting the Constitutional rights of “We the People”. His priorities for the Sheriff’s office include:
- Providing law and order and ensuring the safety of our families
- Taking a tough stand against illegal immigration and accompanying crime
- Establishing a conservative fiscal policy, implementing a zero-based budget in the Harris County Sheriff’s office
- Providing leadership to an organization where it is woefully lacking!
- Honoring the Constitution, by protecting the citizens of Harris County from the onslaught of the Obama administration, particularly Eric Holder’s department of justice
These planks form the core of Carl’s campaign priorities. He has some great plans for turning these priorities into practical steps of action, once he takes office.
Now, it is up to you and me to find the most qualified and capable candidate, the best candidate to beat Adrian Garcia in November, and to provide effective leadership to the Harris County Sheriff’s office. Of course, a great and positive candidate like Carl, will be the target of much mud slinging, accusations, invented and wild stories by his opponents, who unfortunately, reveal their desperation as they seek to tear down Carl’s character. Truly a sad commentary on politics in the 21st. Century. I’d like to remind them that all who fabricate stories and predict Carl’s demise forget that Carl has a long and illustrious career and continues to serve with the very department whose leadership he seeks. If any of the mud slinging lies were true, he would have been let go from the sheriff”s office long ago, as occurred to one of his authority abusing opponents, who is no longer longer affiliated with the Harris CountySheriff’s dept. but was banished up to Liberty County for his misdeeds
I do trust that you will speak with Carl; ask him about his goals and plans for the sheriff’s office, get to know the Pittmans, and you, too, will make the decision that I made long ago; that Carl Pittman is the only candidate worthy of our vote for Sheriff of Harris County!