Statesman Endorses Donna Howard In HAD 48 RaceExperience gives Howard edge
They cite Donna Howard's experience with school finance for giving her the nod over Bentzin:
Former Eanes school board member Donna Howard, a Democrat, and Republican Ben Bentzin, the retired Dell Inc. executive who has been a force in local community service, are both outstanding candidates. Howard receives our endorsement because of her experience with school finance issues.Bentzin's business background would make him more qualified to be on the TTRC instead of the legislature. They also point to Bentzin's DeLay/Colyandro connections as being a major impediment to their endorsing Bentzin:
However, the recent revelation that Bentzin paid John Colyandro as a consultant in his unsuccessful 2002 campaign for the Texas Senate is bothersome. Colyandro was working with the Texas Association of Business and U.S. Rep. Tom DeLay, R-Sugar Land, both indicted for alleged campaign finance law violations during 2002.It looks like the editors are trying to make an attempt to say, "Well if Bentzin hadn't consorted with corrupt people he would be OK but since he did, we endorse Howard." My take on this is if you're worried about public schools it's a no-brainer, vote for Donna Howard. If Donna Howard wins it would give the Democrats two more votes in the house then they had through the last round of special sessions. Don't forget Anna Hernandez won the special election to replace Joe Moreno in District 143.
Colyandro has been indicted as well for his part in that campaign. Bentzin has not been implicated in any of those investigations.
But Bentzin did pay Colyandro through a third party, which is another area of concern. Texas election law requires a full accounting of all campaign contributions and expenses. Bentzin has served the Austin area well in his various capacities, but Howard looks to be the better candidate for this election.