The infamous video of State Rep. Dan Huberty (R-Kingwood) visibly intoxicated and confrontational in the state capitol has become a campaign issue as the primary season heats up.

Signs are popping up around his district calling Huberty “shameless” and an “embarrassment.” The signs then read, “Have you seen the Dan Huberty video on YouTube?” referencing the video released by the American Phoenix Foundation that shows the representative intoxicated just minutes after coming off the house floor, cursing at a reporter, and being forced away by his staff and DPS officers. The video has since been viewed over 30,000 times.

Ironically, just two days prior to the incident, Huberty voted in favor of the House committee substitute to Senate Bill 19, which would have made it illegal for citizens to videotape or record conversations with legislators in the capitol without their consent.

Now facing a challenger, Huberty is being held responsible for his actions. On March 1, Humble and Kingwood voters have an opportunity to choose either the same embarrassing representation in Austin, or opt for a change in the status quo.

Charles Blain

Charles Blain is the president of Urban Reform and Urban Reform Institute. A native of New Jersey, he is based in Houston and writes on municipal finance and other urban issues.


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