This column may come across to some as the most unfair I have ever written. I don’t care.
Mike Schofield may be a perfectly wonderful human being. I don’t care.
Mike Schofield may or may not agree with me on every single political issue that is important to me. I don’t care.
I have never met (I did see him once) or had one single discussion with Mike Schofield on one single political issue or on one single matter in order to make a personal judgment about the man. I don’t care.
Here’s what I care about: I have grown sick and tired of big time attorneys turned political operatives who apparently believe they have some manifest destiny calling to have a vote in the Texas Legislature on behalf of a community to which they moved just in time for the explicit purpose of furthering a political career that was rejected in a different community.
The hubris of self-important people who want to become officially important can be breathtaking. So sight unseen, that’s how I respond to Mike Schofield’s campaign to replace Bill Callegari in the Texas House representing the broader community of Katy.
In a different era where community still mattered, his candidacy would be greeted with laughter.
What Schofield probably doesn’t understand is that Katy IS that community and is still in that era. Katy is not going to reject people who have lived and worked and produced for the community of Katy by turning the keys of our House seat over to a political carpetbagger who looks at Katy as a mere garden to plant his political career.
I have not always agreed with the positions and actions of Rep. Bill Callegari. But, here’s what I can tell you about him. He believed and believes in Katy. When I served on the West Memorial Municipal Utility District Board, we contracted with his business and Bill Callegari was a damned good business leader in Katy.
Before asking the citizens of Katy to send him to Austin, he planted seeds of service throughout this community. He served on the Katy I.S.D. School Board and was involved in community events throughout Katy. I cannot identify one single seed that Schofield has planted in Katy perhaps with the exception of the seeds of his political desire.
I frankly don’t know for sure what I think about Michael Frank’s candidacy for the Callegari spot. He’s got a mountain to climb to lay out his claim for the job as actually viable.
But, I can tell you about candidates Ann Hodge and Justin Perryman. Neither moved to Katy in pursuit of a political career. Like Callegari, each has been a part of this community.
I have dealt with Ann more because of my work in the local newspaper business and her work at the Katy Chamber of Commerce. Ann is a perfect example that I don’t apply a litmus test of having to agree with me on everything in order to earn my respect. Perryman, an attorney, has spent time in recent years serving tours of duty in Afghanastan as a member of the Texas National Guard. Perryman’s politics seem to be pretty cookie-cutter and predictable at this point but he will almost certainly mature as a candidate. Both Hodge and Perryman are grounded in this community. Both have earned respect. One of them will replace Callegari in the Texas House.
In the meantime, Schofield will probably emerge as a well funded distraction on his path to yet another political defeat. Or, at least Katy should hope so. Here, you can read about the guy in his own fabulous words from Get To Know Mike.