Please keep in mind that "I heard" and "They said" are close relatives and they LOVE to gossip. Just the facts, ma'am, just the facts.
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His role as sheriff has nothing to do with this article, it just happens to be a coincidence. You all have missed the point that, although notably biased, Sheriff O'Connor served on Texas A&M's Board of Regents for many years. I do believe that validates his knowledge of the Texas Higher Education System and qualifies him, more so than the common man, to comment on this legislation.
Here is a clue look up followthemoney.org. Look at campaign funding of both Morrison and 'O Conner.
The real question: Why should we/do we care about what someone in law enforcement thinks about an education bill? Will somebody please explain how his opinion means anything on this? He is a lawman, not an educator. Might have something to do with him being a devout supporter of the Maroon squad and former student. But that does not make his 2 cents any more plausible.
Here is an interesting line.
"While O'Connor said he does not plan to lobby for the system switch, he said he is willing to testify before the Texas Legislature if called upon"
This is a code word for I am not lobbying, but I will.