U.S. Representative Nick Lampson gathered Saturday with women whose relatives were victims of violent crimes to criticize the way their cases were handled by Republican opponent Ted Poe, a former state judge. The Houston Chronicle says three women contend that Poe made false promises to uphold creative probation sentences, such as ordering the defendants in these crimes to carry pictures of the victims and pay restitution. “If he can’t keep promises to me, I don’t know how he can keep promises to millions of people,” said Sherri King, whose 6-year-old son was killed in a wreck caused by a drunken driver in 1999. The women do not live in the 9th Congressional District and can’t vote for either candidate.
“Ted Poe’s entire campaign is based on the premise that he’s a victim’s advocate,” said one victim’s relative. “There is a clear pattern of failing to consider the needs of the victims’ families and follow through on Poe’s terms of sentencing.” Poe said jurors sentenced the men who killed the men involved, and put both men on probation. “I feel for these people losing their kids, but the jury of Harris County determined the sentence, not me,” he said. “If I had a choice,” he said, “I wouldn’t have put them on probation for what they did” but sentenced them to prison instead.