Re: "And They're Off!
" [News, Jan. 8]: For 12 years Judge Jan Patterson has maintained a Democratic outpost in 23 counties of Republican stripe, while the power brokers hunkered down in Austin.
She has fought the good fights with ringing dissents on the most infamous and degenerated Republican appellate court in the country: “It is not money laundering if in check form.” Say what?
Judge Patterson has more than earned the right to come in from the cold, to a warm Travis County District Court, where the law still matters.
For eight years the honorable opponent, Ms. Meachum, has slaved away in a big law firm. She made partner and began running for justice of the peace – a fine way to learn about the world. We all would be much better off if Ms. Meachum had not been elevated/levitated to this district court race as part of a clear-the-deck scheme for clients of David Butts. The human debris are none too happy, but more than anything, they are intimidated.
In addition to being a great judge, Jan Patterson is the best one-on-one campaigner in this part of the state, and among judges, smack dab everywhere. Just talk to her; look into her eyes; you will vote for her.
Watch out! If you only rely on the holier-than-thou crowd, Jan’s mentor, Ann Richards, just might shoot you the finger from the great beyond.
This will be an uphill battle. Self-righteous Democrats must have bones to gnaw on. Otherwise they turn on each other. Most certainly, it takes one to know one.