Voters Keep Killer Keller

You get what you deserve?

Keith Hampton
Keith Hampton

Lamenting the low early voter turnout for Keith Hampton, the lone Democratic candidate running for a seat on the Court of Criminal Appeals, one election watcher at the Driskill Hotel noted that in a sane world, a rational world, there'd be no question that Hampton would win.

Texas, the observer noted, is apparently not a part of the rational world.

Instead, voters have overwhelmingly voted to retain Sharon "Killer" Keller, who famously told lawyers trying to file a last-minute capital appeal that the court "closes at 5." In 2010, she was socked with a $100,000 fine from the Texas Ethics Commission – the largest fine ever levied by the agency &nadash; for failing to report millions in personal assets.

While Hampton criss-crossed the state talking to voters about the importance of the court, in the process winning endorsements from every major newspaper in the state, Keller was, quite literally, absent from the race. She declined to return calls from reporters (save for one from the Lubbock paper and another from the Statesman's Chuck Lindell, who apparently had to ring her repeatedly before she relented and called back ), perhaps assuming – and rightly, it would turn out – that to be breathing with an "R" next to your name is enough to win a statewide court race.

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