Bettencourt speaks about leaving office

December 9, 2008 4:21:25 PM PST
Harris County tax assessor-collector Paul Bettencourt today spoke to us about his sudden decision to quit his job. [SIGN UP: Get headlines and breaking news sent to you]

Last week, Bettencourt announced his resignation effective December 23. Bettencourt told us that he decided over the Thanksgiving holiday to quit and take a job in the private sector. A month ago, Bettencourt won a re-election to a third term as tax assessor-collector.

We asked if his heart was in the political race the whole time.

"When I'm in a public policy situation or in a situation where I've got to promote the views of what I'm doing in my office or views of the other people that are running with me or the views of the party that I happen to be a part of, my heart's always in it," Bettencourt told us.

On Wednesday, the Texas Democratic Party will talk about its pending legal action against Bettencourt. The TDP claims Bettencourt's announcement came the day after the party took legal activity which could shed light on misdeeds within Bettencourt's office.

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