The retiring Williamson County state representative was released on $1,000 bond after his arrest last night. Williamson County is notoriously tough on violators of any sort, especially DUI, and the ensuing trial could imperil a future appointment to the Texas Highway Commission, for which Krusee is widely believed to be in line after his term expires in January 2009. There has always been a question about whether Krusee’s advocacy for the Trans-Texas Corridor would pose a threat to his confirmation by the Senate. He became a pariah in the House in 2007 when members finally realized what they had voted for in 2003 without bothering to read the bill, but his relations with senators did not seem to be impaired.
Would a DUI cause Perry to rethink the appointment? Probably not. The governor’s history has been that he does what he wants to do and doesn’t worry about the consequences. Krusee’s support for the Corridor will outweigh the short-term negatives of the DUI, but the long-term issue that the governor’s office has to consider is whether this was a one-time incident or a manifestation of a bigger problem. Another consideration is that Kirk Watson’s decision not to block the appointment of Deirdre Delisi, Perry’s former chief of staff, as chair of the Texas Highway Commission lessens the need for another cheerleader for privatized toll roads and comprehensive development agreements on the commission.
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