Houston At-Large #2 City Council Candidate Bolivar Fraga appears to be playing all sides.
The Harris County Republican Party website lists Mr. Fraga as a Republican.
This would make sense as Mr. Fraga voted in the 2010 Republican Primary.
However, Mr. Fraga told Houston political blogger Charles Kuffner in an interview that he voted in the Republican primary to support one candidate in particular.
Mr. Fraga told Mr. Kuffner that other than in 2010 he has voted in Democratic primaries. You can find the exchange on this topic in the 11th minute of Mr. Kuffner's interview with Mr. Fraga.
At the same time, we find that Mr. Fraga has been endorsed by the conservative C Club of Houston.
The C Club of Houston says right at the top of its website that it has a goal of "Keeping Houston Politics Fiscally Conservative..."
Here is Mr. Fraga's website. Maybe you see virtues in his campaign and you would like to cast your ballot for him in our municipal elections. That is your call.
What I would say is this---Mr. Fraga is looking to take advantage of the fact that he is a relative unknown to create different impressions with different voting groups.
With this being the case, how can anybody have confidence in the things Mr. Fraga asserts in his campaign?
Mr. Fraga tells Mr. Kuffner that he is a Democrat.
Mr. Kuffner's blog is strongly on the side of Democratic candidates.
Mr. Fraga tells the C Club that he is on board with a conservative agenda.
The C Club stands with conservatives.
If Mr. Fraga is a Democrat, he can call the Harris County Republican Party at 713-838-7900 and ask them to list him as a Democrat rather than as a Republican.
Many will tell you that Houston municipal elections are non-partisan.
While it is true that party identification is not on the ballot, candidates are free to identify themselves with one party or another as they campaign.
There are partisan differences in how cities deliver basic services.
Cities can decide to work with unions or to fight unions. Cities can decide to layoff people or to value municipal employees. Cities can work hard for green initiatives in how operate on a daily basis, or they can ignore more environmentally friendly ways of operating.
Mr. Fraga's course so far in this campaign leaves all voters uncertain of where he stands on issues before Houston.