(TheProudRepublic.com) – Underscoring Texans’ firm rebuke of extremist liberal policies, John Whitmire, the newly elected Mayor of Houston and Texas State Senator, emerged victorious in a decisive mayoral runoff against progressive Democratic Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee.
Promising to work closely with Republicans, Whitmire’s win was characterized not only by his strong performance at the polls, where he garnered 65% of the vote, but also by his pointed remarks towards Jackson Lee, who has been embroiled in controversy following the release of a recording where she was heard berating her staff with offensive language.
During his victory speech, Whitmire emphasized the values of respect and proper treatment of others, which appeared to be a direct response to Jackson Lee’s recorded tirade. “People want to go to work for me because we respect people. We don’t bully people,” Whitmire stated, highlighting the principles taught by his family about treating others as one would like to be treated.
Jackson Lee’s harsh criticism of her staff was evident in her recording. She expressed frustration with a staffer regarding a document related to Ovide Duncantell, a prominent figure in Houston’s political history. Her remarks included disparaging comments about the staffer’s competence and a string of expletives.
“When I called Jerome, he only sits up there like a fat [expletive], just talking about what the [expletive] he doesn’t know. Both of y’all are [expletive]-ups… This is the worst [expletive] that I could’ve ever had put together. Two [expletive] big [expletive] children. [Expletive] idiots. Serve no [expletive] purpose,” said Jackson Lee.
She also faced ridicule for a campaign gaffe where she mistakenly urged her supporters to vote on the wrong day.
Despite these setbacks, Jackson Lee, who has represented Houston in Congress since 1995, conceded the race. She vowed to collaborate with Whitmire to enhance Houston, reflecting on her service during times of disaster and her commitment to the city’s betterment.
With a legislative career dating back to 1973, Whitmire centered his campaign on reducing crime and often expressed gratitude to his team on social media. Post-victory, he underscored his vision for Houston’s future, stating, “Great cities solve their problems. We will face challenges, but I see that as an opportunity, and I need you to join hands with me. We’ll meet our challenges, and it’ll be an opportunity to show the nation what the city of Houston could do.”