Following the politically-motivated firing of several prosecutors perceived as dangerous to her regime, Harris County’s soon-to-be District Attorney Pat Lykos has taken further steps to improve morale in the Office.
The bold steps taken were, to be honest, a surprise to me. I expected the measures to include the announcement of a barbecue, or maybe a cocktail party using forfeited assets in the style of our near northern neighbors — something that I could make fun of here. Cut-rate cigarette machines in the hallways wouldn’t have surprised me. Any of these might have served to soothe the shaky nerves of prosecutors who don’t know what missteps might lead to unemployment.
But no! Not big enough! Not enough change! It’s all about change! Change in the Harris County DA’s Office! Pat Lykos takes change seriously! Henceforth, in the Harris County District Attorney’s office . . . wait for it . . . wait for it . . . female prosecutors will still be allowed to wear pants!!! (Meet the new boss . . . .)
Never mind that recent history proves that the new boss will lie to the troops, and never mind that prosecutors, male and female, don’t know what they can or can’t say at the risk of losing their jobs and their health insurance; what the Harris County DA’s Office needs to know is that the women will still be able to wear pant suits. That makes everything alright! Can you feel the tension dissipating already?
The Reassurance Of The Pants was delivered by Pat Lykos’s soon-to-be First Assistant, Jim Leitner, recently a criminal-defense lawyer. Jim is, in a large way, responsible for Pat Lykos’s election: he ran against Pat and Kelly Siegler in the Republican primary; Pat and Kelly joined the ballot after the deadline. As the only person with standing to sue, Jim could have removed both Pat and Kelly from the ballot, and been the Republican candidate himself.
So that’s got to help put the troops at ease.