"There was one lone Texas Ranger who was trying to do his job," said Corrections Chairman Jerry Madden, R-Richardson. "The sad thing is, if he had been successful and gotten his prosecution, we would not have found out about all the other problems ... if it were not for Alison Brock."What Sylvester Turner said about his aide's demure and unpretentious approach to her work couldn't be more true:
Turner said Brock does this "from her heart" and would not have wanted to be honored for her work. But he said she should stand as a symbol for all the legislative staffers who work long hours and never get credit for their deeds.Alison was a colleague of mine for a while at ACLU. She's a hard and conscientious worker, a wise and gentle soul, and deserves every kudo bestowed upon her by the Texas House. Indeed, to my mind she (along with Isela Gutierrez of TCAJJ who first notified Alison about the unresolved allegations) deserve pehaps more credit, even, than Madden gave them because the Ranger's case was going nowhere until Alison got involved. As I've written previously, testifying before the joint committee, the Ranger told legislators he had
promised each of [the abused youth], "The Rangers would not fail them," and that this would not happen again. "I made that very clear."Congratulations, Alison. You're a hero for this and all else you do, and a modest and selfless one to boot - I wish you nothing but the best.
"I can only imagine," he said, "what the students think about the Ranger who was unable to bring them justice." It's a good thing Sylvester Turner and Alison Brock were there.