By Elsa Maxey
“I never had sex with that woman.”
“I am not a crook.”
“I did not bring Bruce Fleming to the (local) Republican Party.”
The first two quotes are from former Presidents Bill Clinton and Richard Nixon, and the third is from Rick Miller, Republican candidate for State Representative for House District 26 running against the Democratic candidate and local area attorney Vy Nguyen.
All three of those quoted are politicians, and history tells that the veracity of at least two of the statements turned out to be questionable. That’s not to say that Miller’s statement is or is not a misrepresentation of the truth.
Who introduced Bruce Fleming, under investigation by the county’s DA’s office for voter fraud, is not at issue except possibly to Miller. Fleming is a Republican running for county commissioner against Democratic incumbent commissioner Richard Morrison.
Miller called the “Star” last week in part to make it a point that he did not recruit Fleming into the Fort Bend County Republican Party. But admittedly, he said he did not know who had.
He also said Fleming did an exceptional job as a precinct chair meriting an award, and it was the second year a newly created award for outstanding precinct chairs was presented during Miller’s tenure as chair of the political party.
About Fleming’s alleged voter fraud, Miller said that he did not know anything about it nor did anyone else in the Fort Bend County Republican Party “until after the “Star” wrote about it and the Democratic Party posted it on its website,” he told the “Star”.
Under the impression that it was “implied” Miller was aware of Fleming’s alleged unethical voting behavior, this thinking is non sequitur. It does not follow.
Whether information leads persons to make conclusions, correct or otherwise, can be attributed to a personal point of view.
To Miller’s credit, he said that had he known about Fleming’s alleged voting violations stemming from voting in two states for the same election on three separate occasions, and in both the Republican and Democratic primaries in Fort Bend County, “I would have turned him in.”
Clearly, the “Star’s” reporting has uncovered irregularities otherwise not surfacing. Irrespective of that, Miller said he had five points to make. When this was shared with a colleague, she said, “Rick Miller needs to buy an ad.”