July 23, 2013
In the first special session that wrapped up last month, she did a great job filibustering and helping to kill Senate Bill 5 (the anti-woman bill from the first special session that became House Bill 2 in the second session, which – unfortunately – the Governor signed last week).
I was proud to stand with her and help in that effort. I’ve also been proud to see the recognition she’s justifiably received for helping to create this tipping point in Texas politics.
And I’m proud that the whole experience finally landed me where I’ve always belonged – in People Magazine. Yes, I was quoted as saying how great she is, as opposed to being listed among the world’s sexiest men, but you have to start somewhere.
So how did we blow it? Well, on the first day of the second special session, there was a really big rally on the South steps of the Capitol. It included, among others, the Democratic Senators who’d been fighting this bill. As the Chair of the Senate Democratic Caucus, I had the honor of talking about the injustice of the legislation, introducing my colleagues and then introducing Wendy to speak.
Now, we’re very good friends. I’m willing to help her in almost any way she needs. And of course she didn’t have any pockets on her dress.
But a dirty tissue is a dirty tissue, and that’s what my good friend and great colleague had just handed me. I don’t know what proves the friendship more – that she felt so comfortable asking me to take it, or that I was so willing to do it.
Anyway, that’s where I blew it. As a joke, I gave it back to her on the Senate floor. Sometime later, I realized that I could have made a small fortune selling the thing on eBay.
I have something to offer you that I hope you think is considerably better than a used Kleenex: the chance to get a ticket to my annual Concert Under the Stars party. This year, the Mavericks and Vintage Trouble will be playing.
The event will be on Oct. 3 in Zilker Park. It’s always a great night – we get to take over the park, hang out with friends and hear some great music.
The party’s become a tradition – we’ve been going strong for seven years now – and it’s always a blast. If you haven’t been before, you’re cheating yourself.
So stop doing that.
Go get a ticket for the Concert Under the Stars. I’ll see you on Oct. 3.