Opening Loss

This does not surprise Commentary and it should not surprise you. I saw the staff letter of resignation yesterday. I don’t know anyone of sound mind who respects Rep. Jones. Here is from the Trib:

Three staff members of state Rep. Jolanda Jones have resigned, alleging the Houston Democrat created an “abusive and hostile” work environment.

Chief of staff Kory Haywood, legislative director Catherine Mouer and district director Yesenia Wences alleged in a letter to Jones obtained by The Texas Tribune that Jones tasked staff with work unrelated to state business, required them to regularly perform work outside of business hours and regularly threatened to fire employees.

“We, as a collective of senior staff, have repeatedly attempted to curb your behavior and address the type of work environment you have bred over the last month,” the letter states. “But, to no avail; we haven’t seen any success.”

The former employees also alleged that Jones had failed to intervene in what they characterized as an inappropriate relationship between the lawmaker’s son, Jio, and an intern in the office. They also said the lawmaker directed staff to assist in arranging health care for a relative.

Jones said in a statement Thursday that working in the Legislature stressful and demanding, describing a “daily fight” on behalf of constituents.

“Some on my staff have decided this job is not for them,” Jones said. “I wish them good luck and success in their next endeavors.”

Cassi Pollock, spokesperson for House Speaker Dade Phelan, R-Beaumont, said the speaker’s office learned of the complaints against Jones on Wednesday, which would be reviewed to evaluate whether the lawmaker broke any House rules.

Here is the Chron online headline on the story:

Houston state Rep. Jolanda Jones’ entire staff quits, alleging a hostile work environment

She’s a joke for sure.


It looks like Donald Trump is getting indicted. I am very ok with that. Sleazeball.


At the game last night, Boston fan and movie star Mark Wahlberg got to make the “Play Ball” call and he editorialized by saying the “Astros are my favorite Yankee killers.”  Too funny.

The Yard was charged with excitement.  Too bad our bats were not. It was an Opening Day loss.

Yordan did have a Yordan-type dinger.

The featured photo is me and my nephew David from last night.

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