Maxey Gets Roasty

Outgoing state Rep. Glen Maxey, D-Austin, was looking a bit more red-cheeked than usual Monday night following a roast held in his "honor" by his fellow Democrats. Travis Co. Democratic Party Executive Director (and emcee) Tim Weltin, Dianne Hardy-Garcia of the Lesbian/Gay Rights Lobby of Texas, attorney Catherine Mauzy, Rich Bailey of the Stonewall Democrats, Rep. Elliott Naishtat, and Maxey's presumed successor-to-be Eddie Rodriguez all took turns taking comic shots at the 10-year Dist. 51 representative, who is retiring from the House at the end of this year.

Many of the best jokes were (almost) unprintable -- including a couple of variations on the genesis of "24-hour Maxey-pads" and a host of satiric jabs at the rep.'s role as the first (out) gay legislator. Naishtat read a purported letter to Maxey from President Bush, regretting that "you is retiring" and "impaling" the progressive thorn in the ex-Gov.'s side not to move to D.C.

Before the fun began, Maxey told "Naked City" that he will move his "joy and love and expertise" in the legislative process outside the House ropes into the lobby, where he will continue to work on his priority issues, including health care and the environment. In light of this year's state budget crisis Maxey confessed frankly, "I'm glad I'll be standing on the outside looking in" while the Legislature attempts to balance the budget without raising taxes or devastating necessary programs. Later from the dais, after zestfully roasting his friends in turn, Maxey announced proudly, "I am back -- an activist on a pension!"

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