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February 22nd, 2010
Letter: Rose doesn’t deserve my vote

EDITOR:

Patrick Rose has a lot of potential as a leader. It’s too bad he does not use it for the community good. Unfortunately, Rose is more of a “flim-flam” man.

When one looks at his record of service, Rep. Rose while running under the umbrella of a Democrat has voted mostly for GOP special interests. He has “kissed the bottoms” of such notable GOP “leaders” as Gov. Rick Perry, former House Speaker Tom Craddick and former toll czar legislator Rep. Mike Krusee.

In addition, Rose has actually done very little for the average residents of the counties he is supposed to serve; Blanco, Hays and Caldwell.

That being stated, I voted and supported Rose when he first ran against former Rep. Rick Green. I had thought that when Rose returned home from attaining his degree at Princeton University and then ran for office, his publicly sprouted words of doing what is best for the community were not merely lip-service and that he offered some long-needed new blood into an ailing and decaying legislative system.

While Rose publicly acclaims himself to be fiscally responsible he pushed for an extravagant Hays County road bond package that is an unconscionable effort and expense during our current economic crisis. Because of his efforts, along with those of his wealthy road builder campaign contributors and Hays County Commissioners Will Conley and Jeff Barton, the package that was voted-down by residents in the first election attempt was approved in the next election. The result is additional taxes for property homeowners at a time when they can least afford it. Is THAT fiscal conservatism by Rose? I think not.

While wealthy special interest campaign contributors smile whenever Rose enters a room, Patrick Rose is a huge disappointed for most residents. Since being a freshman Representative in the Texas House, Rose’s words have proven to mean very little over the past several years. Consequently, I stopped supporting him and urge voters to reconsider voting for another candidate.

“I will have naught to do with a man who can blow hot and cold with the same breath” — Aesop, (620-560 BC)

It is that statement that most highlights the persona and career path of Patrick Rose. While we all had hoped for better, it is tragic that the young man can NOT be trusted. For the community good, please do not reelect Patrick Rose to another lackluster term.

PETER STERN
Driftwood

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  1. Stern goes soft on Rose when he writes, “Patrick Rose has a lot of potential as a leader.”

    When you look behind Rose’s eight year legislative record and compare the reality of what he did versus what he claims to have done, any responsible person would conclude Rose has gone beyond just exaggeration and taking credit for the work of others, to actually lying to his House District 45 constituents. It seems that young Patrick Rose has become a congenital liar

    “My problem with Rose is he can’t seem to tell the truth. When people around the Capitol use the phrase ‘I’ve been Rosed’ to mean they’ve been lied to, there’s a problem.”
    — Former State Comptroller, John Sharp

    Letter to the Editor, Austin American Statesman, Feb. 17, 2010

    No leader would ever lie to further a career, or take credit for the accomplishments of others as Rose has. Here’s just one example of many.

    The US Dept. of Justice (DOJ) conducted a four-year investigation of civil rights violations in Texas state schools for mental and other disabilities and found serious “deficiencies” and abuses. The Gov’s Office negotiated a Statewide Agreement with DOJ to correct those “deficiencies” and this Agreement was contained in a federal suit recently brought against the State of Texas. As part of that Agreement settlement the state legislature was required to pass certain legislation that corrected the “deficiencies,” and that legislation passed through the House Human Services Committee that Rose chairs.

    Rose claims leadership in addressing abuses in our thirteen state schools when in fact the legislation was required to settle the federal court suit. Making lemonade from a bitter lemon, Rose spun the political story that he provided leadership in addressing a terrible problem that was in reality investigated during four of Rose’s eight years in the legislature. Rose actually co-authored legislation that he did not write and that was required to settle the federal suit. There was no leadership. It was all reactive legislation forced upon the legislature by a DOJ federal civil rights violation suit.

    Rose lied to his constituents to further his political career.

    Rose has a boyish way with those who see him as a handsome fellow or as a son or grandson, but such rose colored vision is foolish and costly to those living in Caldwell, Blanco and Hays Counties.

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