Nixon Represents Insurance Industry, Not Voters

RECEIVED Thu., Aug. 7, 2003

Dear Austin Chronicle:
    Has another Nixon been caught with his hand in the cookie jar?
    I watched in disbelief during this past [regular] session of the Texas Legislature as Joe Nixon conducted committee hearings on his "Tort Reform" legislation. I could not believe what I was seeing as I watched the way he dismissed out of hand anyone that had anything to say in opposition, while publicly embracing anyone in favor, especially anyone from the insurance industry. I commented several times during that shameful process that it appeared that Nixon was "bought and paid for" and "owned by" the insurance industry. Little did I know then how on-point and apparently accurate those words were. It now appears Nixon is opposed to recovery from the insurance industry for everyone but himself ["Did Farmers Buy Off Nixon?" Aug. 8]. As George Orwell wrote in Animal Farm, "All animals are equal but some animals are more equal than others." After these latest revelations, I am more ashamed than ever to have Joe Nixon represent this part of Houston and Harris County.
    I trust you will stay on this shocking, but in retrospect, not surprising, story.
Dan Gannon
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