A Galveston County investigation into the behavior of congressional candidate Bill Sargent concluded that he did not sexually harass his co-workers at the Galveston County District Clerk’s office.

County officials Wednesday released a redacted version of a report about the investigation, a week after Sargent issued a news release revealing the investigation and denying any claims made against him.

Sargent, who ran the county elections division until earlier this year, is running in the Republican primary for Texas Congressional District 14 against three-term incumbent U.S. Rep. Randy Weber.

Sargent said last week he was acting pre-emptively against rumors about his conduct and against political threats from Weber. Both urged The Daily News to seek out the county’s documents.

The county’s legal department in January hired Galveston attorney Carla Cotropia, of the firm Mills Shirley, to investigate claims about Sargent.

The county paid $5,048 for the investigation, according to documents.

The report says the investigation began after County Judge Mark Henry received a text message from a county employee about Sargent’s behavior. No sexual harassment complaints were ever officially made, the report states, but the county took the allegations seriously and hired Cotropia.

Cotropia interviewed several people in the county clerk’s office and in the Galveston County District Clerk’s office, which occupies space in the same office.

Employees described Sargent as “abrupt,” “arrogant” and “abrasive,” but all denied they considered him a sexual harasser or that they witnessed him sexually harassing anyone.

Cotropia concluded that the complaints were made because of working conditions and personal animosity in the office. Sargent was never interviewed about the incident.

“The real issue is that the district clerk employees do not like sharing their space with the Election Division because they personally do not like Sargent,” Cotropia wrote.

There was no sexual harassment, she wrote.

The report does reveal, however, that Sargent once apologized for a comment made to a co-worker on an unspecified date.

The co-worker, the report says, “was under her desk trying to plug in an extension cord and Sargent said he had been waiting for years to get her on her knees.” Sargent apologized the next day, the report says.

Sargent said Wednesday he was vindicated by the report.

“It says to me that there was no sexual harassment and, rightfully so, that I need to improve my social skills,” Sargent said.

Sargent said he remembered the “on your knees” comment, and reported himself to the county’s HR director when it happened.

He said he remembered one other complaint about his own behavior, which came after he squeezed the shoulders of a poll worker during a 2014 election. Sargent said the person complained to his supervisor, County Clerk Dwight Sullivan, and that he had apologized via an email.

“I don’t sweep things under the rug,” Sargent said Wednesday. “I hit them head on. I knew I hadn’t done anything wrong. I know that sometimes I say things that are taken differently than what I meant. But I’m not an abuser.”

A copy of Cotropia’s report can be found online at galvnews.com/politics.

GUSTAFSON GETS

A CHALLENGER

Galveston County Republican Party Chairman Carl Gustafson last week challenged critics in his own party to step up in an election if they want him removed from power.

This week, it appears Gustafson will have a challenger for party control. Texas Secretary of State records indicate that Yolanda Waters, an Omega Bay resident and former party vice chairman, is running against him.

Waters said she is unhappy with Gustafson’s leadership and is siding with a group of precinct chairs that claims it has taken control of the party’s management.

“It just felt that we need new leadership,” Waters said Wednesday. “Someone who instead of dividing the party further can unite the party.”

Waters chastised Gustafson for his efforts to recruit opposing candidates for some precinct chair seats.

Of the 44 Republican precinct chairs up for a vote in March, 13 have challengers, according to the Texas Secretary of State’s website.

PRIMARY NAMES

I wrote Tuesday about several races that will appear on primary ballots during the March 6 elections. But lacking space, I didn’t name every race or candidate. Here’s a quick rundown of who else is on the ballots. ... County Probate Court-at-Law Judge Kim Sullivan is running for re-election unopposed. ... Alison Cox and Greg Rikard are running for Justice of the Peace in Precinct 1. ... Jim Schweitzer and Mike Nelson are running for Justice of Peace in Precinct 2. ... Judge John Grady is unopposed for Galveston County Court at Law No. 1. ... Kerri Foley and Donnie Quintanilla are running for the Republican nomination for Galveston County Court at Law No. 2. Kerry Pettijohn and Ben Roeder are running for the Democratic nomination. ... Jack Ewing is running unopposed for re-election in Court at Law No. 3.

NO RELIEF IN SIGHT

Congressman John Culberson, a Houston Republican, tweeted Tuesday that the Texas and Florida delegations had met to put “the final touches” on a new Hurricane Harvey relief bill. There’s no word, however, about when a vote on that bill might happen.

On Wednesday, U.S. Rep Gene Green, a Houston Democrat, urged Congress to pass an additional disaster supplemental bill before leaving Washington next week for a Christmas break.

“Many Harvey victims, especially our seniors and low-income families, continue to be in great need and must rely on others for help,” Green said. So far, the federal government has provided just $10 billion directly to Texas, Green said.

“Much more federal aid is needed to rebuild Houston, Harris County and the Texas Gulf Coast,” Green said.

Green said Congressional leaders were planning to delay a vote on supplemental aid for another month after Christmas. Congress appears focused on passing a tax overhaul, which President Donald Trump has demanded be on his desk before the holidays.

The New York Times and others reported Wednesday that Republicans had reached an agreement on the two different versions of the tax bill. A final vote could come next week.

John Wayne Ferguson: 409-683-5226; john.ferguson@galvnews.com or on Twitter @johnwferguson.

(26) comments

Bill Cochrane

Bill Sargent seems to dig himself deeper and deeper by admitting, “I need to improve my social skills”. Just because he admits saying – “he had been waiting for years to get her on her knees”, does not make it all right. Ask Harvey Weinstein. Maybe Sargent will offer to “get help” like Harvey? Or, enroll in a social skills class? I don't think a guy that says and does such things should be elected to represent us. Period.

Carol Dean

I have had to on several occasions, ask Bill Sargent to "get out of my personal space, to not touch me and to not talk to me." His presence in a room has always made me, as a woman, feel uncomfortable."

Glad to know that our Election Division is now being handled by someone else.

PD Hyatt

What is amazing is that most of the scum bags that have been molesting women is the progressive left and yet none seem to acknowledge that little left out fact....

Steve Fouga

Hahahaha! You must not read or listen much. Franken and Conyers are all over the news. Even Bill Clinton is being dredged up, despite being out of office for decades.

Plus, your guys are doing their fair share too: Trump, Moore, and that creep Trent Franks, for starters. Plenty of allegations on both sides of the aisle. Sex has no party affiliations.

Steve Fouga

PD, I'm sorry to have left Blake Farenthold and Joe Barton off the list of prominent Republican creeps accused of sexual misconduct. Texans, no less! Embarrassing...

Mark Aaron

Paul: [ most of the scum bags that have been molesting women is the progressive left ]

Says the big Trump supporter. Didn't you also support Moore?

Jim Forsythe

If you think that it's a Democrat, or a Republican problem, you are wrong. These are from 2010–2017.
We can keep blaming the other party, or we can address it.These are just a few from both sides.

Eric Massa, Representative (D-NY), resigned to avoid an ethics investigation into his admitted groping and tickling of multiple male staffers. He later stated on Fox News, "not only did I grope [a staffer], I tickled him until he couldn't breathe," (2010)
Mark Souder, Representative (R-IN), a staunch advocate of abstinence and family values,resigned to avoid an ethics investigation into his admitted extramarital affair with a female staffer. (2010)
Chris Lee, Representative (R-NY), resigned hours after a news report that he had sent a shirtless of himself flexing his muscles to a woman via Craigslist, along with flirtatious e-mails. He did not rely on a pseudonym or a false e-mail address but used his official Congressional e-mail for all communication. Lee said"I regret the harm that my actions have caused my family, my staff and my constituents.... I have made profound mistakes and I promise to work as hard as I can to seek their forgiveness.” (2011)
Anthony Weiner, Representative (D-NY), admitted to sending sexually explicit photos of himself to several women through his Twitter account.He resigned from Congress on June 16, 2011,but kept sexting after his resignation. (2011)
Scott DesJarlais, Representative (R-TN), admitted under oath to at least six affairs, including two affairs with his patients and staffers while he was a physician at Grandview Medical Center in Jasper, TN. Additionally, while running on a pro-life platform, DesJarlais made his ex-wife have two abortions, and tried to persuade a mistress who was his patient, into an abortion as well.
David Wu, Representative (D-OR), resigned from the House of Representatives after being accused of making unwanted sexual advances toward a fundraiser's daughter. July 26, 2011.
Herman Cain (R) 2012 Republican presidential candidate, was accused of sexual harassment by several women. These accusations eventually caused him to suspend his run for the presidential nomination (2012) including Sharon Bialek, Karen Kraushaar, and having a 13-year affair with Ginger White. Donna Donella also reported possible inappropriate behavior.
Vance McAllister, Representative (R-LA), who is married and the father of five, was caught on surveillance camera deeply kissing a married staffer. Several prominent Republicans asked McAllister to resign. In response, he stated he would not seek re-election in 2016.  McCallister said: "There's no doubt I've fallen short and I'm asking for forgiveness. I’m asking for forgiveness from God, my wife, my kids, my staff, and my constituents who elected me to serve". (2014)
Dennis Hastert, former Speaker of the United States House of Representatives (R-IL), pled guilty to structuring bank withdrawals in order to conceal deliberately-unspecified misconduct by Hastert against an unnamed individual years earlier.At a sentencing hearing in October 2015, Hastert admitted that he had sexually abused boys while he worked as a high school wrestling coach decades earlier. (2015)
Tim Murphy, Representative (R-PA), had an extramarital affair with Shannon Edwards, a 32-year-old forensic psychologist. The pro-life Murphy asked Edwards to have an abortion after she became pregnant. The information was revealed as part of Murphy's divorce proceedings and published by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette after it fought in Pennsylvania state court to have the documents unsealed. Murphy resigned his seat in Congress.

From 2000–2009
Gary Condit, Representative (D-CA): his affair with 23-year-old intern Chandra Levy was exposed after Levy disappeared. Her body was found a year later and in 2008, an illegal immigrant with no relation to Condit was charged with her murder. Condit had often demanded that Bill Clinton "come clean" about his affair with Monica Lewinsky. (2001)
Ed Schrock, Representative (R-VA), announced he would abort his 2004 attempt for a third term in Congress after allegedly being caught on tape soliciting sex from a male prostitute after having aggressively opposed various gay-rights issues in Congress, such as same-sex marriage and gays in the military.
Strom Thurmond, Senator (R-SC), noted segregationist, fathered a child, Essie Mae Washington-Williams, with a 15-year-old African American in 1925 who was employed by the Thurmond family. (2003)
Jim McGreevey, Governor (D-NJ), elected in 2002. In early 2002, McGreevey was criticized for appointing his secret lover, Israeli national Golan Cipel, as homeland security adviser even though Cipel lacked experience or other qualifications for the position. Cipel resigned but threats from his lawyers about sexual harassment lawsuits prompted McGreevey to announce, on August 12, 2004, that he was gay and would resign the governorship, effective November 15, 2004. This made McGreevey the first openly gay governor in United States history. Subsequently, McGreevey separated with his then wife Dina Matos McGreevey in late 2005. Shortly afterward McGreevey and Australian-American executive Mark O'Donnell began a relationship. (2004)
Steven C. LaTourette, Representative (R-OH), was elected in 1994 and had voted to impeach Bill Clinton for the Lewinsky scandal. He himself had a long-term affair with his chief of staff, Jennifer Laptook, while he was married. He married Laptook after his divorce. (2003)
David Dreier, Representative (R-CA), voted against a number of gay rights proposals, but was outed concerning his relationship with his chief of staff. (2004) He is featured in the 2009 documentary film Outrage.
Don Sherwood, Representative (R-PA), failed to win re-election following revelations of a five-year extramarital affair with Cynthia Ore, who accused him of physically abusing her. (2004)
Mark Foley, Representative (R-FL), resigned his House seat when accused of sending sexually explicit e-mails to teenage male congressional pages. He was replaced by Tim Mahoney. (2006)[98]
David Vitter, Senator (R-LA), took over the House seat of former Congressman Robert Livingston, who resigned in 1999 following revelations of an extramarital affair. At the time, Vitter stated, "I think Livingston's stepping down makes a very powerful argument that (Bill) Clinton should resign as well....Vitter's name was then discovered in the address book of the Deborah Jeane Palfrey (the "D.C. Madam"). (2007)[
Randall L. Tobias (R), Deputy Secretary of State and former "AIDS Czar" appointed by George W. Bush, stated that U.S. funds should be denied to countries that permitted prostitution] He resigned on April 27, 2007, after confirming that he had been a customer of Deborah Jeane Palfrey (the "D.C. Madam").
Larry Craig (R-ID), a U.S. Senator for 18 years, was arrested on June 11, 2007 and charged with lewd conduct arising from his behavior in a men's restroom at the Minneapolis–Saint Paul International Airport.Craig pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of disorderly conduct; he later unsuccessfully sought to withdraw his guilty plea. He announced his resignation three months later on September 1, 2007, but changed his mind again, although he did not seek re-election in 2008. (2007) 
Tim Mahoney, Representative (D-FL), was elected to the seat of Mark Foley, who had resigned following sexual harassment charges from his congressional interns. Mahoney ran on a campaign promise to make "a world that is safer, more moral". In October 2008, he admitted he placed his mistress on his staff and then fired her, saying, "You work at my pleasure." He then admitted to multiple other affairs.
Vito Fossella, Representative (R-NY), was arrested for drunken driving. Under questioning, the married Congressman and father of three admitted to an affair with Laura Fay that produced a daughter. (2008)
John Edwards, Senator (D-NC), admitted to an extramarital affair with actress and film producer Rielle Hunter, which produced a child, seriously undercutting his 2008 presidential campaign. (see federal political scandals)
John Ensign, Senator (R-NV), resigned his position as chairman of the Senate Republican Policy Committee on June 16, 2009, after admitting he had an affair with the wife of a close friend, both of whom were working on his campaign.Under investigation, he then resigned his Senate seat 20 months early in 2011[In 1998, Senator Ensign had called for President Bill Clinton (D) to resign after admitting to sexual acts with Monica Lewinsky. (2009)
Chip Pickering, Representative (R-MS): on July 16, 2009, it was announced that his wife had filed an alienation of affection lawsuit against a woman with whom Chip allegedly had an affair. The lawsuit claimed the adulterous relationship ruined the Pickerings' marriage and his political career. (2009)


Carlos Ponce

Those are just the politicians. When you include the Hollywood types who contributed heavily to Democrats...[rolleyes]
They were Democrats too.

Jim Forsythe

.This is just a few more. Both parties have problems, Just  as all walks of life, and all type of jobs. have problems..Some of these are in jail.

Republican benefactor of conservative Christian groups, Richard A. Dasen Sr., 62, who is married with grown children and several grandchildren, was found guilty of raping a 15-year old girl, and his sentences added up to 126 years in prison.  He allegedly told police that over the past decade he paid more than $1 million to have sex with a large number of young women. (Investigators estimated that he spent up to $5,000,000 on prostitutes).
Republican U.S. Rep. Blake Farenthold won't seek re-election in 2018 after allegations of sexual harassment and inappropriate behavior from former staffers.
An Ohio Republican Representative state legislator Wes Goodman, who consistently touted his faith and his anti-LGBT stances had to resign after being caught having sex with a man in his office. (Nov., 2017) 
Senator John Ensign (R-NV.) confessed to serious cheating on his wife with a staffer and caught paying hush money to the husband, his chief of staff.
Gov. Mark Sanford (R-S.C.), confessed to serious cheating on his wife after leaving his state unsupervised for a week.
Senator Larry Craig (R-ID.), caught in a gay sex sting operation in a Minn. bathroom.
Senator David Vitter (R-LA), found to have been a client of prostitutes in D.C. & Louisiana.
Republican Commissioner ( of Richland County, OH ) David Swartz pleaded guilty to molesting two girls under the age of 11 and was sentenced to 8 years in prison.
Republican Speaker of the Puerto Rico House of Representatives, Edison Misla Aldarondo was sentenced to 10 years in prison for raping his daughter between the ages of 9 and 17.
Republican Committeeman John R. Curtain was charged with molesting a teenage boy and unlawful sexual contact with a minor.
Republican anti-abortion activist Howard Scott Heldreth anti-abortion activist who gained fame during the Schiavo media-circus, was convicted of two charges of raping a child in 2002 .
An anti-abortion activist Nicholas Morency, who was not likely a Democrat, pleaded guilty offering a bounty to anybody who murders an abortion doctor and to possessing child pornography on his computer.
Republican campaign consultant Tom Shortridge was sentenced to three years probation for taking nude photographs of a 15-year old girl.
Republican pastor Mike Hintz,a First Assembly of God youth pastor whom George W. Bush commended during the 2004 presidential campaign, surrendered to police after admitting to a sexual affair with a female juvenile.
Republican legislator Peter Dibble pleaded no contest to having an inappropriate relationship with a 13-year-old girl.
Republican advertising consultant Carey Lee Cramer was charged with molesting his 9-year old step-daughter after including her in an anti-Gore television commercial.
Republican lobbyist Craig J. Spence organized child sex parties at the White House during the 1980s.
Republican activist and Christian Coalition leader Beverly Russell admitted to an incestuous relationship with his step daughter, the Susan Smith who drowned her adorable two sons "in cold blood" in a South Carolina lake in 1995.
Republican Judge Ronald C. Kline was placed under house arrest for child molestation and possession of child pornography.
Republican preacher Stephen White, who demanded a return to traditional values, was sentenced to jail after offering $20 to a 14-year-old boy for permission to perform oral sex on him.
Republican talk show host Jon Matthews pleaded guilty to exposing his genitals to an 11 year old girl.
Republican anti-gay activist Earl "Butch" Kimmerling was sentenced to 40 years in prison for molesting an 8-year old girl after he attempted to stop 
Republican activist Marty Glickman (a.k.a.  "Republican Marty"): used to demonstrate in front of the Capital in Tallahassee, FL, with large signs and banners, denouncing the "filthy morals" of Bill Clinton. Not long after Bill left office, Republican Marty was arrested for having extended, multiple sexual contact between himself and two girls, aged 13-14, delivering the drug LSD.  On the way to the Police Station, he keeled over dead in the Police car, after downing the contents of a bottle of drain cleaner.
Republican California Assemblyman Steve Samuelian who ran as a"conservative's conservative," has been caught by police a second time (first time in1998) attempting to solicit sex from prostitutes in Fresno, California.  He is married.
Republican activist Randal David Ankeney, arrested on suspicion of sexual assault on a child with force. He faces 6 charges related to getting a 13-year-old girl stoned on pot and then having sex with her. Also accused of sexually assaulting another girl.
Republican teacher and former city councilman John Collins of Asbury Park, New Jersey plead guilty to sexually molesting 13 and 14 year old girls.
Mike Bowers Former State Attorney General, prosecuted the famous Bowers vs. Hardwick case, based on Georgia anti-sodomy laws. Admitted to a 10-year adulterous affair.
John Fund, of the Wall Street Journal, a prominent anti-abortion columnist and GOP fund raiser. He lost his position after it was revealed that he impregnated the daughter of an old girlfriend and then encouraged her to abort his child.
. Dr. . David Hager, Bush appointee, member of Focus on the Family's Physician Resource Council, player in movement to ban the morning-after-pill. Had an adulterous affair, before divorcing his wife he sexually abused her, including sodomizing her in her sleep.
John Hathaway, Republican Senate candidate, was accused of having sex with his 12-year old baby sitter and withdrew his candidacy after the allegations were reported in the media.
John Paulk, lied about prowling for gay sex while running a fundamentalist group to cure gays.
Harvey Pitt, SEC Chief under George W. Bush until he was forced to resign in 2002. Worked for New Frontier Media, a firm which distributed teen sex videos.
Lou Beres, -Republican chairman of the Oregon Christian Coalition confessed to molesting a 13-year old girl.
Tom Randall, Republican petition drive manager pleaded guilty to molesting two girls under the age of 14, one of them the daughter of an associate in the petition business.
Jim Stelling, Seminole County Republican Party chairman who believes in "family values", as he told a judge. Filed a defamation lawsuit against Nancy Goettman, a former county GOP executive committee member, for falsely claiming he had been married six times. Stelling has been married 5 times.
Matthew Glavin, president and CEO of the Southeastern Legal Foundation, big player in the Clinton Impeachment, and many anti-gay jihads, has been arrested multiple times for public indecency, one time fondling the crotch of the officer who was arresting him.

Carlos Ponce

See today's (Saturday December 16, 2017) paper: "Dustin Hoffman accused of new incidents of sexual misconduct"
http://www.galvnews.com/news_ap/nation/article_f03900c7-4f55-58e5-801e-a0546e5704dd.html
Add Dustin Hoffman to the list of Democratic Party-Hollywood elites who contribute heavily to Democrat Candidates. Yes, Dustin Hoffman is a Democrat.

Jim Forsythe

Dustin Hoffman, Donald Trump, Arnold Schwarzenegger  and other Hollywood types have been accused of sexual misconduct. 
How many have been proved guilty? The list is very short! Some have said they did it, but they have not been convicted.

If a persons standard for Roy Moore was, he was not proven guilty, so go ahead and vote for him, then what should their standards be for others accused, but not proven guilty?. . 
The list I provided had some that were accused and not convicted. Most on the list admitted guilt or were forced out.
If you think that it's a Democrat, or a Republican problem, you are wrong.

This is what Dustin Hoffman said about it. 
"I have the upmost respect for women and feel terrible that anything I might have done could have put her in an uncomfortable situation," Hoffman said. "I am sorry. It is not reflective of who I am." 

Carlos Ponce

What else did you expect Dustin to say? Looks like he became Mrs. Robinson as he grew older.[scared]

Jim Forsythe

So you are saying Dustin is guilty? Is Roy Moore guilty? I did not know that Dustin has had a sex change operation. Dustin  played Ben Braddock in The Graduate.    Anne Bancroft  played  Mrs. Robinson !  

You believed the President when he said "To be clear, I never met her at a hotel or greeted her inappropriately a decade ago. That is not who I am as a person, and it is not how I've conducted my life. In fact, Ms. Zervos continued to contact me for help, emailing my office on April 14 of this year asking that I visit her restaurant in California," 
You are onboard with what the President say's, but have trouble with what Dustin says. Why? Are you saying Dustin is guilty of sexual misconduct and the President is not? Are they not both accused, and both say, they did noting?
  
If a persons standard for Roy Moore was, he was not proven guilty, so go ahead and vote for him, then what should their standards be, for others accused, but not proven guilty?.
 

 

Carlos Ponce

Read Dustin Hoffman's statement to the press.

Bill Cochrane

What is really "amazing" is that whom ever it is, thinks that by simply admitting that they did it, and apoligizing, makes it Okay. Like my ole pappy used to tell us kids, "You can say you're sorry all day long, but I'm still gonna kick your butt." Sargent needs to bow out of the race now before others come forward.

Carol Dean

Wait, Bill Sargent will never bow out of the race. From past actions, I think "making a fool out of himself" is just part of who he is.

Carol Dean

If men would just work at being "gentlemen" or a gentle man, a lot of this could easily be avoided.

Steve Fouga

Carol, my particular industry forced its employees to become gentlemen, or at least act like it, about 25 years ago. We adopted a strict no-harassment policy that nobody thought would work. It felt like we couldn't even think a prurient thought concerning a female co-worker or subordinate, or raise our voice in an argument, for fear of activating the no-harassment Nazis. Harassment was defined as behavior other than corrective action, that made a fellow employee feel uncomfortable in the workplace.

It worked. Within a few years, the cavalier attitudes had almost disappeared, and the few remaining bad actors had been placed in assignments where their proclivities could not easily be acted on. The work environment went from extremely harsh to as pleasant as a competitive industry could offer.

It's ironic that this revolution was brought about by the federal government because we were government contractors, and we would by-God operate according to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's guidelines -- or lose contracts.

The EEOC guidelines are sound, based on common decency, and should be adopted by the House and Senate.

Carlos Ponce

"no-harassment Nazis" That doesn't sound pleasant. If you had posted "no-harassment enforcers" that would have been understandable. But "Nazis"? I hope you are using hyperbole i your post. Nazi tactics are not welcome in this country- and illegal.

Bill Cochrane

Oh come on Carlos. Geez, stay on subject. How about No-harassment POLICE"?
On subject, I would be interested in your thoughts about what Sargent admits doing?

Carlos Ponce

Bill, I merely responded to what Steve posted about his work experience. I follows the forum thread so is ON SUBJECT. As to what Sargeant admits doing I'll reserve judgement.

Carol Dean

The two most important men in my life were taught, after learning it at home, to be an Officer and a Gentleman in regards to the treatment of women. Yes, their "industries' the USMC and the US ARMY were also governmentally regulated.

Bill Cochrane

The point I’m trying to make is this. We should not elect any man or woman to represent us politically that displays the type of behavior that Sargent admits to. Party affiliation is NOT THE ISSUE! The long list Jim presents shows the behavior, but 99% do not show any punishment or outcome. I’m willing to bet that most of the people on the lists were know by a few people to do these types of things but were elected anyway. That’s because back when they were elected the technology was not available to spread the word. Now the technology is here, so there is no excuse to vote for someone of low character.

Carol Dean

The good news is that Sargent's pursuit of a political career will have no credence on the election against Randy Weber.

BTW, Sargent claims he spent a lot of time in the military and "on the Hill". Some people just won't change their actions.

Bill Cochrane

Carol, Sargent claims that he is not a "career politician" and wants term limits. Well, at his age - DUH!, Easy for and old guy to say. I notice he will limit his "career" to "Only" three terms. HA! just long enough to get retirement status. He may not be a "career" politician, but his resume tells that he has been involved in politics basically all his adult life. Just like any politician wanting name recognition, the News columns have gained him plenty of free advertising.

Carol Dean

LOL!, Bill! Talk is cheap and that is why I put zero trust in just about everything that Bill Sargent utters out of his mouth.

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