Thursday, September 29, 2005

Ronnie Earle

Once again the media gets it wrong; particularly the right-wing variety. Contrary to what has been broadcast, Ronnie is an equal opportunity prosecutor.
"While Earle is an elected Democrat, as Media Matters for America has previously noted, a March 17* editorial in the Houston Chronicle commended his work: 'During his long tenure, Travis County District Attorney Ronnie Earle has prosecuted many more Democratic officials than Republicans. The record does not support allegations that Earle is prone to partisan witch hunts.' This assertion supports Earle's own claim about his record; a March 6 article in the El Paso Times reported: 'Earle says local prosecution is fundamental and points out that 11 of the 15 politicians he has prosecuted over the years were Democrats.'"


S.W. Anderson said...

The right-wing talking point on this is that when Earle was prosecuting all those Democrats, everyone in Texas was a Democrat. Couldn't find a Republican to talk to, much less to haul into court. Back then, the talking point goes, Texas politics was conservative Democrats vs. liberal Democrats.

There's some truth to this, no doubt. But for a grain of salt big enough to go with it, you need a Texas-sized pickup.

Kendall said...

His office even prosecuted himself for a minor infraction for which he paid a fine.