Ed Emmett: Inside Out or Outside In?
In fact the Attorney General at the time ruled that he had to step down from the GP Association because his chairmanship in the North Houston Association was in conflict with his membership of the GPA because some of the same developers were giving money to the North Houston Association. He was not the only politician that was in a position to benefit from the GP, seems the head of the State Highway Commission, a gentleman by the name of Bob Lanier, happened to own 1730 acres near Tomball, that just happened to have frontage on the proposed route. More recently Former State Senator from SD7, Jon Lindsay also has a large parcel of land that currently has an agricultural property tax exemption for "tree farming" in Klein that is not far away from the current proposed F2 segment. And of course we cannot forget the Abercrombie and Mischer family ownership of the 5,416-acre Cinco Ranch development, and Roland Adamson is the general manager of the George Foundation, which owned about 20,000 acres about one-half mile from the parkway route in Fort Bend County.. Emmett stepped down from the GP Association, but he remained a close associate of the group and remained the head of the North Houston Association, which still got developer monies. After his Legislative term was complete he ran twice for Texas Railroad Commission, which at the time also regulated trucking, but failed both times. He then became a lobbyist for small trucking companies trying to break open the trucking market in Texas. During one of his attempts to win a Railroad Commission position he made a rather ironic quote given his prior connection with the GPA. He said:
"The incumbent ignored the realities of the 1980s and is still trying to regulate the transportation and energy industries like a good-old-boy spoils system. Those days have got to stop."
In 1989, Bush the First nominated him to the Interstate Commerce Commission where he got to ingratiate himself even further to the road building and trucking industries.
Since then, he worked for a firm that lobbied for transportation issues.
So next time you hear Ed Emmett claim that he is an "Outsider", just remember all those land developers that he was trying to enrich with his road building. He isn't as far "outside" as he would have you believe.