Bexar County DA: Dems' time?
A couple of different folks have now told me to watch Democrat Nico Lahood out of Bexar County as a strong challenger to incumbent Republican DA Susan Reed. Offhand, his bio looks solid, and from a campaigning perspective, the fact that he sits on a major hospital board and is active with St. Mary's alumni and the local criminal defense bar perhaps indicates he can raise TV money. He'll need it. Susan Reed will be a tough opponent and that would be a big Democratic get in a year when the county party is in disarray. In 2006 Reed won with 60+% of the vote, but she's also taken a few hits since then and the countywide vote tipped consistently Democrat in 2008.
Collin County DA: Who gets to wear the bandolier?
Meanwhile, at Frisco DWI Lawyer we find the most detailed account I've seen of the candidate field for Collin County District Attorney, which is open this year after John Roach decided to call it quits. The GOP primary race looks to be a highly competitive contest: Greg Willis, a Perry appointed judge who resigned to run for DA; Jeff Bray, the senior legal advisor to the Plano Police Department; James Angelino, who is a former ADA from Denton County; and criminal defense lawyer and former Dallas ADA John Reed. Democrats have a pretty qualified challenger lined up in Rafael de la Garza, a former Dallas ADA and Western District Assistant US Attorney, but his candidacy on paper is a longshot; he'd need resources, luck, and maybe help from an inept opponent to win.
Question One to all these Collin County candidates: Do you support incumbent John Roach's efforts to outfit and deploy a DA Office SWAT-like tactical team using asset forfeiture money? Question Two: Will you rescind his decision? Really. That's not a joke or misprint. The outgoing DA is putting together his own tactical team equipped for forced entry for which he recently sought to purchase:
2 DPMS "AP4" 5.56 caliber Panther CarbinesThose are gonna be the best-armed prosecutors I've ever heard of, but it could be the source of intra-office jealousy: Which prosecutors do and don't get helmets? And who gets to wear the bandoliers? I wonder if, for liability purposes, using a ram, bolt-cutter or "hooligan tool" would qualify the DA's office for "absolute immunity"?
2 Remington Model 870 12 gauge shotguns with 7 round magazines, pistol grips and folding stocks.
2 LED lights for the shotguns
2 Tactical Ballistic shields
10 Ballistic helmets
2 shoulder ammo bandoleers (a la Pancho Villa?)
2 Blackhawk Tactical backpack kits, includes a heavy duty ram, a bolt cutter and a hooligan tool (for breaking down doors).
6,000 rounds of 5.56 caliber NATO ammunition.
The Collin County Observer helpfully provides a link to the relevant agenda item and backup documentation.