I’ve led an interesting life the past thirty-seven years. I’ve traveled. I’ve loved and lost. I’ve buried my mom, seen my dad go through a quad bypass. I’ve survived a DVT, a stroke, and two really serious bouts of pneumonia that nearly took me off the planet.
I’ve been active in Harris County, Houston, and Texas politics for nearly two decades. For most of that time, I was an active Republican. Served as a precinct chair, delegate to three state conventions, delegate to the National Convention in 2000 (right after the bar exam). Ran for office three times as a Republican in Harris County – for County Attorney in 2002, State Rep on the northside in 2004, and for county GOP Chairman in 2010.
After all of that, I had a massive stroke on November 24, 2011 (8 years to the day my beloved mom passed) and was in a coma for nearly a month – the only time I moved was when my partner Rafael would play beatlesradio.com for me on his iphone and i would unconsciously move my head to the Beat(le). When I woke up on December 20, 2011, my first question was – who won the City of Houston runoff races 🙂
Since my discharge on January 9, 2012, I’ve had time to reflect. I finally joined the Houston GLBT Political Caucus. Helped Alan Rosen secure their endorsement earlier this spring. Then, I rememberd I had $150K in hospital bills; suddenly, the Affordable Care Act looked better and better. Then, I saw that there were Teavangelical Republicans attacking TX House Speaker Strauss for being “insufficiently Christian” – because, of course, HE’S JEWISH. I was going to party switch the day after the primary, on my 37th birthday – May 30, 2012, no less. I switched first day of early voting (May 14th) because of the President’s historic stand on marriage equality. I proposed to my partner eleven days later at my dad’s place, singing “Here, There, and Everywhere” while the Beatle version played in the background. Thank goodness he accepted. I also have founded DON LARGE, CONSULTANT (check out on FB) and I am currently seeking the Democratic Nomination for Harris County Judge in 2014.
On this blog, I look forward to putting my political education and experience to good use, commenting about politics and policy. I know some will be upset with what I say, but I can only speak for the truth (as I see it). I know my mom and the late great Dr. Ross M. Lence (UH) is looking down from heaven today and saying – that’s our DON.
So, gentle reader, sit back and enjoy the ride. I will also comment upon pop culture and entertainment, along with other news that catches my fancy. No surprise – the Beatles will be the second most popular topic on this blog.
Thanks for reading, and we’ll leave the light on for ya.