Dear Editor, State Representative Dawnna Dukes is corrupt and needs to resign effective immediately. While the Texas Rangers seek an indictment of the 12-term legislator, the blinding appearance of impropriety alone merits a new voice for the underserved constituents of House District 46. Long before reneging on her pledge to step down from office on Tuesday, she lost the trust of those who depended on her leadership. Yet, the most frustrating part of this ongoing story is not her abuses of power or her failure to simply show up to work. I am upset at my Democratic leaders and other local elected officials whose collective silence is complicit with her abuse. Democrats enjoyed field days with the abuse of office charges against Governor Rick Perry, securities fraud abuses of Attorney General Ken Paxton, and money laundering scandals of former Texas Congressman Tom DeLay. They openly mocked other Republicans for having the gall to stand beside such corrupt political weasels. Now, Dawnna Dukes has thrown a wet blanket onto the fun. It is easy to call out the shameful acts of the other side. The true test of integrity and leadership comes when that same duty applies against your own friends. Democratic leaders have no other choice but to embrace this uncomfortable task.
Huey Rey Fischer Former member of the Texas Democratic Party’s executive committee