Commissioner Road Warrior
Despite several references to the new commissioner's temperamental nature and tendency to rile his ideological opponents (one speaker noted that the event was a "swearing in," not a "swearing at"), Daugherty put on a humble face as he addressed the bipartisan crowd. Among those gathered with the F.O.G. (Friends of Gerald) at the Wooldridge Square ceremony were Sheriff Margo Frasier (sporting a new, straight hairdo), District Attorney Ronnie Earle, Council Member Will Wynn, Commissioner Ron Davis, and many, many others (not to mention a dozen or so homeless people camped out on the lawn). "I'm pretty tired of standing in front of a microphone, trying to sound interesting," Daugherty joked after taking the oath. Being a commissioner "is something I've wanted for a long time. I will give it my 100% ... [and] be honest and forthright. ... We all need to be respectful of other people."
For the Travis Co. GOP, angered last winter by Biscoe's decision to appoint a Democrat to replace Baxter in heavily Republican Pct. 3, Daugherty's accession was a vindication. A businessman and founder of the nonprofit Reclaim Our Allocated Dollars, which led the crusade against light rail during the 2000 referendum, Daugherty ran on a platform that emphasized core services and, of course, roads. Outside his new post, Daugherty has other projects going -- foremost among them a suit against the Travis Co. Democratic Party over potentially libelous campaign literature.