One of the things that I enjoy the least is having to attend various lunch events where rubber chicken is served and a speaker is heard. It's probably least enjoyable for me because the speaker invariably attacks democrats (of which I am one) and trial lawyers (my previous job). I realize that the people that invite me to these lunches are trying to be nice since I am the new commissioner, but I can only stand so much criticism with a smile on my face.
So, it appears that the Texas Ethics Commission has baled me out. They issued Advisory Opinion No. 484. This opinion mercifully states that an elected official cannot accept transportation, meals, or lodging from corporations or unions if the public official is there because he is a public official.
Its a good thing as far as I'm concerned. I'll loose weight and be in a much better mood. And I'll have more time to get the people of Fort Bend County's business done.