DA candidates square off

October 1, 2008 4:29:11 AM PDT
Last year, 13 Undercover first uncovered the controversial emails in the Harris County District Attorney's office. That investigation created an opening for the job.

Tuesday night, the two candidates up for the seat squared off in a political debate. Democratic candidate and former Houston Police Chief CO Bradford is taking on his Republican opponent, former Judge Pat Lykos.

Both candidates agree the public's trust must be restored in the office, but disagree on how to go about doing that.

Longtime Harris County District Attorney Chuck Rosenthal resigned after Eyewitness News uncovered sexist and racist emails on his county computer. Romantic emails to his executive secretary were also discovered.

The candidates disagreed on calling for an official investigation of Rosenthal.

"It would be highly improper for the district attorney, or someone running for that office, or an officer of the court to comment on that particular issue at this time," Lykos said.

"Enough evidence has been seen that could clearly warrant an investigation," Bradford answered.

With election night just five weeks away, the race for Harris County DA will be historic one. The county will either see its first African American in office or its first female.

Meanwhile, the candidates for Harris County sheriff are at odds about whether or not a debate would be held tomorrow night. Houston city councilman Adrian Garcia is accusing incumbent Sheriff Tommy Thomas of ducking a debate planned for tomorrow. Garcia's campaign says Thomas pulled out at the last minute.

But Thomas says he isn't trying to get out of anything because he never agreed to be part of the debate sponsored by the League of Women Voters. The incumbent sheriff adds that he always had a scheduling conflict and that he is open to an alternate date.

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