See the rest of the piece for more backstory on the feud over this case between the county attorney who's challenging Reynolds and the incumbent, stemming largely from Reynolds' failure to pursue the TYC prosecutions. (As an aside, it's worth mentioning that the US Attorney also refused to prosecute based on the Ranger's findings, and he's still there, too.) Among other notable distinctions, Reynolds was named number eight on the Bad Prosecutor Blog's list of Worst Prosecutors in 2007.
The West Texas prosecutor who received national attention for ignoring a lengthy and graphic Texas Rangers report detailing sexual abuse at a nearby state juvenile jail thinks he can win another term in office.
But the scandal involving the systematic abuse of children held in Texas Youth Commission facilities won't be ignored. His only opponent is the county attorney who tried to run him out of office on grounds of misconduct and incompetence, and the two have been feuding since the scandal broke last year.
Randy Reynolds decided to seek a fourth term last year after speaking with his family, close friends and colleagues.
"Close supporters caused me to run again," Mr. Reynolds said. "People whose opinions I trust told me to run, and the decision was made."
It takes a lot of chutzpah to run for re-election after the media and legislators pilloried Mr. Reynolds all last year for his recalcitrance in pursing TYC cases. I wish his opponent luck. Whoever told Mr. Reynolds it was a good idea to run again gave him bad advice.