ABOUT MY OPPONENT
A.J. HONORE—THE GREAT PRETENDER
BY MAYOR LEONARD SCARCELLA
To hear my opponent for Mayor of Stafford, A.J. Honore, tell it, he has been a successful businessman and civic leader for the past three decades, and an outstanding City Council member for the last three years, with a sterling array of accomplishments and with extensive experience and expertise in finance, law, budgeting, auditing, entertainment, economic development as well as a host of other subjects. In fact, he has stumbled and fumbled during his time here, and whose successful achievements wouldn’t fill up a postcard! In a nut shell, A.J. Honore is The Great Pretender.
To clearly illustrate, let’s take a look at some of his most blatant misrepresentations.
- A. J. Honore claims he is an advocate and promoter of the Zero Property Tax Rate that I persuaded City Council to implement in 1995.What a fraud! Shortly after getting on City Council in 2015, he denigrated and criticized the zero property tax rate, claiming it was a big mistake for Stafford to have abolished property taxes. Recently, however, and apparently after deciding he’d run for mayor and realizing just how much support there was for zero property taxes, he introduced a ‘budgeting ordinance’ that dictated a zero property tax rate. Only problem: It was so flawed it would have placed the City in a financial straight jacket and prevented the borrowing of any money. When I vividly pointed out that flaw and others, he tried to amend it in the meeting and made a motion to pass it as amended. It crashed and burned as Council voted down his motion, and correspondingly, the ordinance.
- A. J. Honore boasts that he was the moving force behind Council and the Stafford Economic Development Corporation Board to approve the agreement with the developers of the Grid to redevelop into a mixed use project the old Texas Instruments property.
Another grandstanding misrepresentation!
Negotiations had been going on with the developer, Street Level, since 2012, more than three years before he came on Council. His contribution was no greater than any other member of the Council and Board, and much less than most. There was no question he was an advocate of giving a huge enticement to the developer. At one point, he was quoted on the front page of The Fort Bend Star admonishing the other members of these two bodies for opposing a $50 million subsidy from the SEDC to Street Level. Ultimately, the enticement that was agreed to was $18 million. Why was he so eager to give nearly three times the subsidy package to Street Level? His business sells LED lightbulbs. And this project will require an awful lot of light bulbs.
- A. J. Honore, claiming he’s an avowed environmentalist, brags of having City Council accept a ‘gift of a solar light tree’ which was placed next to the Stafford Centre. He has repeatedly claimed it was worth $20,000, but there is no proof—and this is most suspect. What is undisputed, it cost the City over $4,000 to mount—and provide electrical wiring to it.
A complete hoax! Why was the electrical wiring necessary? This so-called ‘solar light tree’ doesn’t put out enough light to be seen most nights and would be a sore thumb just standing there if it were not for the electrical wiring feeding the spot lights placed at the base shining on the reflective materials of the tree to produce the alleged ‘solar light’.
- A. J. Honore goes on at length about his successes and astuteness in business.Nothing could be further from the truth. A quick review of the Public Records reveal there is an outstanding judgment rendered against him and his business interest over five years ago in an amount exceeding $8,000 which remains unpaid, and just last month a lawsuit was filed in Harris County against him and the business he operates for failing to pay its bill.
Any claims of success and achievement by my opponent, A.J. Honore, have to be taken with more than a grain of salt, because, he is terrific with the rhetoric, the master of smoke and mirrors, and indeed The Great Pretender.
ON SATURDAY, MAY 4, 2019
MAYOR LEONARD SCARCELLA
OF STAFFORD, TEXAS