Unfortunately, the OBE "happy-faces-for-all" approach is rampant in politics too. While Williamson County Democrats have been touting the fact that Representative Diana Maldonado was named "Freshman of the Year" in 2009, there are a few little details voters should know.
First of all, the awarding entity, 'Legislative Study Group,' is a partisan Democrat group led by ardent liberal-progressive Rep. Garnet Coleman. Representative Tommy Merritt, the token
Furthermore, a little research reveals that EVERY Democrat freshman House member received some kind of 'best award' from a left-leaning group. For example, Democrat Representatives Carol Kent, Robert Miklos, Joe Moody, Marisa Marquez, Kristi Thibaut, and Armando Walle, all received "Freshman of the Year" awards from various liberal groups. Other Texas House Freshman Democrats received similar awards; Rep. Carol Alvarado received a Distinguished Service Award, and Rep Al Edwards received the Legislative Champion Award.
So which Democrat is the real FOTY? Hard to say...looks like everyone got an A. Now, don't we all feel good?