With just days left in the Houston mayoral runoff election, U.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee is telling her supporters to head to the polls.
Just not on the correct day.
A television ad released over the weekend tells voters to cast their ballots “on or before December 7.”
The election is, in fact, on December 9. Early voting ends on December 5, meaning polls will be closed on the seventh.
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Kenny Webster, a Houston-based radio host, called the gaffe “one of the most on-brand moments of Sheila’s career.”
“This is the same woman who once famously said Vietnam is two separate countries and then claimed to be a previously trafficked survivor of human slavery. Not to be outdone, on Friday she posted a photo on Facebook of herself with Debbie Allen and claimed it was Janet Jackson,” Webster told Texas Scorecard. “Technically she could be jailed for spreading false election information, but it would be hard to prove she did it on purpose after her long history of misinformed comments.”
“Sheila Jackson Lee is the Amber Heard of American politics,” he added.
The runoff pits Lee against State Sen. John Whitmire (D–Houston). In the November election, he received 43 percent of the vote (107,109 votes), making him the top contender for mayor.
Jackson Lee, a congresswoman of 28 years, finished in second with 36 percent (89,783 votes).