Jackson Lee Loses Miserably In Mayoral Race To Whitmire

Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) lost her bid to run for the mayor of Houston on Saturday, conceding to Sen. John Whitmire (D-TX) in a runoff race that wasn’t even close.

Jackson Lee, 73, lost by almost 30 points to Whitmire, 74, who has represented the city of Houston for 50 years.

Even with the endorsement of Hillary Clinton, Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), and Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY), the congresswoman couldn’t attract voters.

Her campaign was plagued by controversy, beginning with her reputation.

She was named the meanest Democrat in the House in 2014 and even demanded to be treated like a queen, stating, “You don’t understand. I am a queen, and I demand to be treated like a queen.”

Jackson Lee also faced backlash after a recording was sent anonymously to several news outlets. The congresswoman could be heard berating her staff in the audio, calling one staff member a “fat a** stupid idiot.”

She blamed the release of the recording, which was released days before early voting on Monday in the November 7 election, on Whitmire.

“To anyone who has listened to this recording with concern, I am regretful and hope you will judge me not by something trotted out by a political opponent that worked to exploit this,” Jackson Lee said.

She apologized for the video, stating that everyone “deserves to be treated with dignity and respect.”

Her loss could also be due to her need for more effort in raising and spending to fund campaign advertisements. Jackson Lee spent just over $60,000, while Whitmire spent over $2 million on advertising since the November election.

To add insult to injury, Jackson Lee released a video encouraging people to vote on the wrong date. While the election was on December 9, her video said December 7, not only confusing voters but showing that she cannot be depended on to pay attention to the smallest details, let alone run the fourth-largest city in the country.

Though she lost the mayoral race, Jackson Lee can still run for another House term. The deadline is Monday evening.