To the citizens of Travis County:
I understand many have commented both in support of and against my returning to office.
I would like to speak for myself and this is the only form of communication available to me
at this time.
I apologize to all of you. There can be no anger directed at me – or disappointment in
me – greater than my own. And, I neither believe nor expect that any words written or
speech given can possibly convey the magnitude of the shame I feel for breaking the law
and therefore, the trust with the people I serve and the community I love.
My sincere apologies to the arresting officers and to the entire law enforcement
community with whom I have worked side-by-side for 37 years and for whom I have
always had great respect. After my arrest, I failed to act properly and I failed to show
the respect that those law enforcement professionals deserve. For my misbehavior and
disrespect toward them, I am truly sorry. I appreciate greatly their patience, civility, and
I also owe an apology to the staff at the Travis County Jail. Their jobs are always difficult,
and some of my behavior that night made their jobs even more difficult. And, while I have
received no special treatment while in jail, I have been treated with respect and courtesy.
My apologies to those who have supported me in the past and through this very difficult
time. I have been fortunate to have the backing of both Republicans and Democrats.
There is no room for partisanship in the District Attorney’s office.
And, most of all, my apologies to this community. My life, like yours, is full of victories
and defeats, highs and lows, joy and sadness, shining moments and stunning mistakes. I
think you know where this moment lies.
Last, my sincere apologies to the staff of the District Attorney’s office. I know this
experience has created anxiety and concern, but I also know them to be dedicated public
servants who consistently put their own needs aside to serve the greater good.
It was both my choice and responsibility to plead guilty and to accept the punishment
meted out by the court before I took any other action. To do otherwise never occurred to
There are three things I want you to know.
First and foremost, I take the offense of driving while intoxicated seriously.
hundreds of reasons that lead up to a single event in our lives – but no excuse for driving
Second, upon my release, I will continue to seek professional help and guidance.
know that I need help understanding and treating the cause of this behavior. For that reason, I am making arrangements for further professional assessments and pledge to follow all recommended treatment as soon as I have served my jail term.
And, third, I must deal with the civil issues facing me.
Some of that situation is out of my
hands. But I can assure you I will address the issues in a forthright and honest manner.
As others have stated, I have never planned to seek a third term and will not. It is my
hope to complete my term in office to complete the work we (my dedicated professional
staff and I) started four years ago. I am proud of the work we have done from this office
over the last 37 years and I hope to have the opportunity to continue that service.
I offer my deepest regret and most sincere apology and seek forgiveness from the people
of Travis County.