12/18/2009 5:03 PM
In the immortal words of boxing ring announcer Michael Buffer, “Ladies and Gentlemen, LETS GET READY TO RRRRRRRRUMBLE.”
That’s right former Rep. Borris Miles (D-Houston) has filed in the Democratic primary to challenge current Rep. and legislative veteran, the Rev. Al Edwards (D-Houston).
Miles successfully challenged Edwards in the 2006 Democratic primary. Edwards supported Speaker Tom Craddick and – an ordained minister – he’s conservative on some social issues, most notably opposition to same-sex marriages. Democrats got Miles, an insurance agent, to challenge Edwards and Miles prevailed in a runoff.
Edwards is known throughout the Capitol for filing weird bills to address a point. For example, he once filed a bill to cut the arms off drug dealers. But Edwards is perhaps best known for passing a bill out of the House to ban sexually explicit cheerleading. Edwards’s bill attracted national attention, including a parody on The Daily Show. No word yet on who will join Cheerleaders for Miles.
Miles – on the other hand – was accused of behavior at a downtown hotel that was even more bizarre than some of the things Edwards does. He was accused of brandishing a gun in a hotel in front of several prominent Houston business leaders in two 2007 holiday parties. He eventually faced criminal charges as a result of that incident. Miles denied wrongdoing and attributed much of the controversy to political opponents, according to the Houston Chronicle
. Miles was eventually acquitted of all charges
Edwards won the rematch, beating Miles in the 2008 Democratic primary, but Miles thinks the third time might be a charm.
It's the primary the press corps can't lose, because no matter who wins this one will be fun to watch and give reporters plenty to write about.