Watch what politicians say when they no longer have to watch what they say.
Bill Ratliff, a former lieutenant governor and state senator, chaired the Senate's education and finance committees at various times. In real life, he's an engineer and does some lobbying. One of his sons, Thomas, is on the State Board of Education. Another, Bennett, is running for an open seat in the Texas House.
The old man is free from the ballot. Off the leash.
Ratliff, who was in office from 1989 to 2003, was never one to honor political dogma. But now he's ...