October 15, 2021

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Beyond law

Canceling contract just isn’t adequate. Lina Hidalgo must take care of defective system.

Lina Hidalgo upset the status quo in unseating a well known longtime Republican incumbent for Harris County judge in 2018 and she vowed to maintain shaking things up in her initial time period, most notably by vowing not to take campaign donations from county suppliers.

“I’m searching at transparency at every thing we do,” Hidalgo was quoted stating in a 2019 Chronicle story, incorporating that she did not want her administration to have “even the look of a conflict of curiosity.”

It was honest for many to applaud her larger requirements for ethics and transparency then. And it’s only good to decide her by all those expectations now.

Hidalgo, a Democrat, has rightly drawn scrutiny in the latest months above an $11 million vaccine outreach contract that was awarded to a little organization whose political get the job done and ties to Democratic candidates absolutely gave the visual appearance of a conflict, primarily after it was unveiled that the organization, Elevate Approaches, bid higher and scored lower in a county assessment than the University of Texas Health Science Middle.

Hidalgo originally responded to thoughts from Republican Commissioner Jack Cagle about her involvement in the contract by saying “bring it on” in a testy trade at a Commissioners Courtroom assembly.