Video of Jim Mattox Testifying Against the Texas Two-Step at Austin Hearing on November 14
Five days before his death on November 19, Jim Mattox testified to the TDP Advisory Committee on the Convention/Caucus. He patiently waited more than two hours for his turn to speak. When his turn finally came, he strongly criticized the Texas Two-Step as an “unfair” system. The second part of his testimony contains some of his best points, so be sure to watch both parts.
From the Austin American-Statesman article, “JIM MATTOX: 1943-2008, Self-styled ‘people’s lawyer’ was hard-knuckle fighter in public office“:
Last week, Mattox spoke at an Austin hearing on the Texas Democratic Party’s method of awarding presidential delegates based on a primary vote plus evening caucuses.
“Now let me tell you, folks,” Mattox told a party-appointed panel. “This system we’ve got is an expensive system. It’s an unintelligible system. It is an acrimonious system across the board. It is subject to misconduct, it is subject to fraud, it is subject to manipulation. It’s unfair, it’s uncertain, it’s inaccurate, and it’s an embarrassment to our party.”
State Sen. Royce West, D-Dallas , chairman of the panel, had earlier shushed onlookers when they interrupted or made noise during testimony. But West didn’t object when crowd members rose and applauded Mattox’s remarks.