When Jim Schutze Has No Problem With Convicted Murderers

I saw the little gotcha thing Wick Allison had Tim Rogers do over at FrontBurner about how one of the people gathering signatures for the Trinity toll road referendum turned out to have a criminal record for murder. I see that city council member Angela Hunt, the de facto commander of the referendum forces, fired the guy the minute she heard about his record from Rogers. I note also that the guy had worked previously for the other side, the people trying to block a referendum.

This is why it’s a good thing somebody like Angela Hunt is running this show, as opposed to somebody like me, because if I were in charge I would use only convicted murderers. When they were done gathering signatures for the day, I would pay them overtime to go stand on Highland Park street corners.

But see, that’s why she’s an elected official and I’m not. She has good judgment. I have bad judgment.

I might also hire suspected murderers. And if that didn’t get the job done, I would hire potential murderers. I figure when you’re up against a bunch of utterly ruthless money bags you gotta do what you gotta do. And again, that’s probably why I’m not doin’ it. --Jim Schutze

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