The Texas Tribune reports that Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) has stepped down from two influential posts in the wake of a brewing scandal. Rep. Jackson Lee who was reported by the Houston Press to have previously claimed, “I’m a queen. I deserve to be treated like a queen” is in trouble for firing a staffer who reported a rape by a supervisor at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation where SJL had served as board chairwoman. SJL is also “temporarily” stepping down from her position on the House Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on crime, terrorism, homeland security and investigations.
The 13-term congresswoman will no longer serve as the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s board chairwoman and will temporarily step aside from her position as chair on the Judiciary Committee’s crime, terrorism, homeland security and investigations subcommittee[.]
At issue is her spring 2018 termination of a staffer known in court filings as “Jane Doe,” who alleged that a supervising CBCF staffer raped her in 2015 when she was an intern for the foundation. Doe later went to work for Jackson Lee and claims that she informed the congresswoman’s chief of staff that she planned to pursue legal action against the CBCF staffer and was fired several weeks later.
Many on both side of the political spectrum in the Houston community would be glad to see Jackson Lee out of office. The report of retaliation by SJL against a rape victim has made some start questioning her continued viability within the House Democratic power structure.
Texas delegates do not play a large role at either of the two major party conventions under the current political state of affairs. The Republicans pay scant attention to Texas because it is currently the reddest of the red states. If Trump cannot win Texas, he cannot possibly secure victory and there appears to be no doubt about his ability to win the Lone Star State no matter what he says or does. He might even be able to violate the Edwin Edwards Rule (who claimed he would be okay unless caught with a dead woman or a live boy) and still win the Lone Star State.
The Democrats ignore Texas for similar reasons. Why pay the slightest bit of attention to a state where your party has not won a state-wide election since 1994 and has not voted for a Democratic Presidential candidate since Jimmy Carter in 1976. After the abject failure of Battleground Texas in 2014, it’s almost amazing that the Democrats even acknowledge that Texas exists.
Nonetheless, at least of couple of Texans will soak up some of the spotlight in Philadelphia this week. On the deserving side, there is HUD Secretary Julian Castro – who might be the only hope for Democratic Governor in Red’s remaining time. Castro is a polished politician who has parlayed his success into serious consideration for the Vice-Presidential nod – only to lose out to Tim Kaine. On the undeserving side is Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee. Lee is notorious for staking out any opportunity to bore the public. Never discount a woman who managed to push her way into a speaking spot at Michael Jackson’s funeral. Red hears that is one of SJL’s favorite stump opportunities around Houston. There are tales of SJL showing up at a funeral and just taking possession of the altar uninvited and pontificating on someone she barely knew.
Red will tune in for Castro and tune out SJL.