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Democrat Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner Blasted for Telling Citizens to Stay Put: ‘Completely Failed the City’

The Democrat Mayor of Houston, Texas, Sylvester Turner, is receiving criticism for refusing to give an evacuation order instructing citizens leave the city as horrific and historic Hurricane Harvey approached the city, devastating the area with over four feet of rain in some areas, more than the annual total of very rainy Seattle, WA, in a matter of hours.

On Thursday, August 24, Mayor Turner downplayed early predictions that he said have “needlessly frightened Houstonians.”

Then, as late as Friday, August 25, Mayor Turner tweeted from his verified Twitter account, “Please think twice before trying to leave House en masse. No evacuation orders have been issued for the city. #Harvey.”

Contributor to The Hill, Kristin Tate, a Houston resident, told FOX News on Monday that Mayor Sylvester Turner “completely failed the city” for not advising citizens sto take the precautionary step of evacuating the area.

“He didn’t even call for a voluntary evacuation,” said Tate. “We were getting mixed messages.”

The mixed message Tate is most likely referring to is that Texas Governor Greg Abbott, despite the Houston mayor’s reckless statement, did encourage Houstonians to evacuate.

“Even if an evacuation order hasn’t been issued by your local official, if you’re in an area between Corpus Christi and Houston, you need to strongly consider evacuating,” Governor Abbott said on Friday.

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In response, a spokesman for the Harris County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management sent the message that the Houston mayor knows best, by tweeting, “LOCAL LEADERS KNOW BEST, which may have lulled people into a false sense of security.

On Twitter, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner’s decision to not even declare a voluntary evacuation is receiving harsh critique:

https://twitter.com/idle_sys/status/901323880899411968

https://twitter.com/tim_gorgol/status/901830613245800449

Ray Nagin was the former Democrat mayor of New Orleans and was the face of the city after Hurricane Katrina. He infamously left buses stranded that could have been used to evacuate people away from the devastating storm.

In 2014, Ray Nagin was sentenced to 10 years in prison, not for his irresponsible handling of the Katrina disaster, but for fraud, bribery and other related charges.

A parody Twitter account of Sean Spicer, “Sean Spicier” took the opportunity to note that Democrats are wrong about everything:

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About the Author

Matthew K. Burke
Matthew K. Burke
A former Washington State U.S. Congressional candidate in 2010, Matthew attended the nation’s first modern day Tea Party in 2009 in Seattle, Washington. He also began writing and blogging that year. Matthew became a Certified Financial Planner in 1995 and was a Financial Advisor for 24 years in his previous life. Matthew was one of the three main writers leading a conservative news site to be one of the top 15 conservative news sites in the U.S. in a matter of months. He brings to PolitiStick a vast amount of knowledge about economics as well as a passion and commitment to the vision that our Founding Fathers had for our Republic.

 

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