I know, I know…….You are tired of hearing about this and want me to move on. But the stories continue to be so egregious I just can’t help myself.
Sheriff’s candidate Craig Brady has been a no-show in Fort Bend since our story came out last week about all his ties to his donors, many of whom have checkered pasts and many of whom have run afoul of the law themselves.
One of our insider sources said about the candidate and his buddies: “The type of torture they have planned for you gals (speaking of me and LeaAnne Klentzman) is against the Geneva Convention.”
Lately, Brady doesnt appear at any of the candidate forums. I guess he can’t control his anger and knows it.
The Sheriff, acting as Craig Brady’s spokesman at Rosenberg’s VFW forum after Brady went underground, probably did the campaign much more harm than good. He said (to Troy Nehls, another candidate and some consider the front-runner), “You should have been a fertilizer salesman because you are spreading so much product.” Then the high sheriff of Fort Bend County shot his finger guns at Mr. Nehls. I heard the VFW booed him. I don’t know if that is true because I can’t believe the VFW would boo; however, they might have a collective intake of breath.
Nehls has based his campaign on the figures that show the Sheriff’s department has a much lower crime solve rate than they turn into the FBI. After the department threw a fit at Nehl’s numbers, Brady, who is in charge of the figures, admitted that a “glitch” in reporting the numbers was responsible for the incorrect statistics being reported.
In other words, Mr. Nehls was right after all, and Mr. Brady had egg on his face. Or maybe some of the “product” the sheriff accused Nehls of spreading.
During the campaign, Craig Brady has caused false charges to be lodged against Troy Nehls and wasted taxpayer money and manpower to try to thwart Nehls.
One of Brady’s main contributors, Ronald Bartee, who we revealed last week has a criminal record, had his company give Nehls a check. Someone in Nehls’ campaign deposited the check in his campaign account. When Nehls eventually discovered the check came from a company (a legal no-no in Texas), he immediately gave the money back.
But Craig Brady, who had taken $30,000 from the same source and at whose business he and Team Brady meet frequently to dis us and plan our torture, lodged a formal complaint to the Attorney General. After a nine month “investigation” by retired Texas Ranger and part-time AG investigator David Maxwell, who is long-time friends with former Texas Ranger and current Fort Bend County Sheriff Milton Wright, Nehls was brought before a grand jury which quickly no-billed him (“no-bill” means no crime has been committed). Brady went all over the county for months saying that Nehls would be indicted. This is an example of how he has used law enforcement or the judicial system many times to further his personal agenda or political aspirations.
This whole thing was a waste of taxpayer money and grand jury time and another black eye on the Texas Rangers.
Additionally, Brady has raised a half million dollars in his campaign account, much of it from people that have questionable ties to Brady and brushes with the law before.
There’s not a police agency in Fort Bend that is supporting Craig Brady. Although most agencies do no publicly support political candidates, privately they have let their opinions be known.
Brady has bullied more people in the Sheriff’s department into giving him money and attending his fund-raisers. But when they get into the voting booth, they can vote for whom they please. And the bullying doesn’t work on other police agencies as he holds no jobs over their heads like he does in his own sheriff’s department. Shame on Milton Wright for letting him get away with this. One has to wonder what Brady has on Wright to have let him do they things he has done over the years.
Of course, I found out soon after Milton took office that he was a silly man.
We have been criticized for calling them the “Brady Bunch.” The following is a list of the Brady relatives and in-laws who work at the sheriff’s department along with some other families who are also there. This is what we mean about cronyism or as we sometimes call it, the Brady Full Employment Act.
Bradys that have worked there since Milton was elected:
wife Vanessa Brady
wife’s brother – Lucio (?)
brother Brad Brady more than once
son Cullen Brady–3 times
son Wade Brady
nephew Jeremy Brady–2 times
nephew’s wife Mysti Brady
cousin Steven Hausler
former Brother-in-law Lowell Gage
Lowell’s former wife- Jeannie Gage (PIO)
Lowell’s current baby momma- (Patrol) Jennifer Stevenson, who injured herself dumpster diving for a Brady sign which some smart person threw away. Wonder if she filed for workman’s comp?
Sonny, Becky, and (son) Cragian
daughter Kim Leach,
Brain Leach now at Rosenberg,
and Darlene Pyka
Lt. Sam Rader
Sgt. Kathy Rader
Sgt. Reid Rader
There are also other untold numbers of husband and wife teams or parent/child teams.
There are three other excellent candidates running against Craig Brady. I’m having a hard time making up my mind as each would make great a sheriff.
Troy Nehls is currently a constable and has experience managing a large law enforcement department and as a major in the Army, where he manages many more men.
Billy Frank Teague is honest as the day is long and after retiring from the DPS, went to work for the Richmond P.D. where he gained experience in management also.
John Minchew is a former police chief and is a businessman who has had a lot of experience in not only managing employees, but a budget as well.
There’s no doubt that Troy Nehls has mounted the best campaign of the three and in a short time. He has much more political experience than the others which is a double edged sword, good on the one hand and not so good on the other.
For the first time, I’ll probably make up my mind in the voting booth.
B.K. Carter is the owner/publisher of the Fort Bend/Southwest Star. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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