Follow the Money
Larson hires bidder on 281 toll road
By Terri Hall, Founder, San Antonio Toll Party
February 19, 2008
To modify a line from Shakespeare, “Methinks Lyle Larson dost protest too much.” Bexar County Commissioner Lyle Larson, who finds himself in a tight race for Congress, protested our criticisms too much and with far too much vitriol than warranted. Here’s why…
Larson has hired a firm, KGB, to handle public relations for his campaign. Nothing unusual about that, right? Here’s the kicker. KGB also happens to be part of Zachry’s consortium that’s bidding on the 281 toll road (click on KGB, then scroll down to “approved short list” of bidders on 281 toll project). Not only does this revelation remove all doubt about Larson’s position on toll roads, it also explains the very publicized personal attack on me to attempt to discredit our suspicions about his toll road stance. It’s PR 101 to shoot the messenger, call your enemy a liar, and deflect attention from the real issue, which is Larson’s inexplicable behavior of refusing to replace a pro-toll appointee to the tolling authority when he emphatically claims to be anti-toll.
But Larson protested too much and too loudly, which caused further digging. Now the cat’s out of the bag in plenty of time to effect the outcome of the election. If there’s one thing I’ve learned as a citizen advocate, it’s this. If something doesn’t smell right, it’s highly likely that it isn’t right.
Unfortunately, too many elected officials are politicians rather than statesmen. They equivocate, “spin,” misrepresent, and accuse anyone who dares to criticize them to be looneys and liars. But at the end of the day, follow the money. The truth will be found out, and the truth will set the taxpayers free! Now go do what your conscience tells you to do on March 4!