Following a very public fumble in the days leading up to the mayoral election in Houston, Democrat Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, was resoundingly defeated by Democrat John Whitmire.
According to CBS News, Whitmire, a Texas State Senator, dominated the vote with 65.27% of the return as of Saturday, with Jackson Lee only garnering a paltry 34.73%.
🚨BREAKING: Democrat John Whitmire has been elected Houston mayor, defeating congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee – AP pic.twitter.com/NV7EOUrV8z
— Ian Jaeger (@IanJaeger29) December 10, 2023
In the week before the runoff election, Jackson Lee, as previously reported by Trending Politics, made a very public and embarrassing error. In a campaign ad that aired in Houston’s most watched TV markets, Lee urged supporters to vote on December 7th. But there was a small problem. The election was actually on December 9th, and the date she provided was not a voting day.
The 73-year-old radical leftist Congresswoman was excoriated and ridiculed online following the erroneous ad which was quickly pulled according to CBS. But the damage was already done. Lee’s office even pivoted to throw blame on an outside ad agency, but the ad had already run on local ABC, CBS, and NBC affiliates.
Lee, despite her thirty years in Congress, and former post on the City Council, with the ill-informed ad and a low voter turnout in a little-publicized election, was trounced; first in the mayoral election and again in the runoff. The current Mayor Sylvester Turner, another Democrat, is term-limited.
The AP also noted that Lee was reportedly caught on a leaked audio recording berating her staff in a rant replete with expletives. In the recording, a voice sounding like Lee’s can be heard telling a staffer who couldn’t find a particular document she wanted him to have a “f*****’ brain” adding “nobody knows a Goddamn thing in my office – nothing.” She reportedly referred to another staffer, who was evidently not present, as a “fat-ass stupid idiot” and claimed both staffers are “fuck-ups.”
“I know I am not perfect,” Jackson Lee told reporters in a responding statement. “I want to convey to the people of Houston that I strongly believe that everyone deserves to be treated with dignity and respect, and that includes my own staff,” she said. “I know that I am not perfect. I recognize that in my zeal to do everything possible to deliver for my constituents I have in the past fallen short of my own standards and there is no excuse for that.”
— Medium Buying (@MediumBuying) December 2, 2023
Many commentators have noted that publishing false voting information has led to convictions for interference in an election. In March of 2023 Douglass Mackey, also known as “Ricky Vaughn,” was convicted by a federal jury in Brooklyn of the charge of ‘Conspiracy Against Rights’ after he posted to Twitter a meme encouraging “supporters of presidential candidate Hillary Clinton to “vote” via text message or social media,” according to the Dept. of Justice.
This has led some to wonder if Lee will be fielding any phone calls or subpoenas from Texas prosecutors regarding the election disinformation that was broadcast to millions of Houston voters in the run-up to the vote.