By B.K. Carter
It’s a shame that Sheriff Milton Wright is going to sully his tenure as sheriff by acting so bad at the end. When Wright’s fair-haired boy Craig Brady didn’t get elected sheriff this past election, Wright, who had turned the sheriff’s department over to him many years ago, pitched a hissy fit and decided to support the Democratic candidate. Wright’s chief deputy Brady candidate didn’t even make the run-off out of a field of four so Wright, who had enjoyed the support of Republicans for the past 16 years, showed his true colors and abandoned the party that had clutched him to its collective bosom.
Not only did he support the Democratic opponent, he left his job and during office hours, took the Democrat around to the business people in the community. Not that he had ever worked that hard anyway.
So after serving for 16 years without any public acknowledgement of extra-martial affairs, accepting drug money, letting friends off, or any number of other things that have caught up with other Texas sheriffs, Milton Wright has turned Democrat and turned his back on his party. He has promoted his “friends” at the last minute which will mean a large expenditure of tax funds, and when the various boards and commissions have refused his actions, he has acted like the stumbling old actor that doesn’t have sense to leave the stage with his dignity intact.
I know I have not been a friend of the sheriff although I supported him when he was first elected. Heck, there are those who say I got him elected although I’ve never bragged about that lately. I haven’t been his friend because I saw what he was doing to the sheriff’s department and what he let his chief deputy do whether from laziness or stupidity, one can only guess.
From the very beginning when I started questioning his actions, he retaliated against me and the Star and tried to keep our readers from being informed about things they should have known about in order to protect themselves and their neighbors. When he used taxpayer funds to hurt taxpayers, I knew we had elected a sheriff with questionable morality or intellect.
But he has the chance of leaving the stage with some of his dignity intact. He is but a bit player now. However, he refuses to imbue the pride in the office now that he never did when there. It’s time he quit trying to get his “friends” more pay and bigger titles. Come on sheriff. You’re just embarrassing yourself.