Former state Rep. Borris Miles will return to the Texas House after all. He won the March 2 primary by the hair of his... mustache, and now a recount upholds the win. He ousted longtime state Rep. Al Edwards, D-Houston, by just eight votes, according to a recount wrapped up today. That's eight votes out of more than 10,000 ballots cast.
"I am grateful that due process was followed, and that the election result has been finalized," Miles said. "I thank those from the Harris County Democratic Party and County Clerk's Office for their hard work and dedication during this recount. Most of all, I thank the people of District 146 for the opportunity to serve them in Austin. I look forward to getting to work on their behalf."
Miles made news by beating Edwards in the 2006 Democratic primary for the district. But his freshman term was marred by questionable incidents, like the time he shot a man he caught stealing copper from his house, or when he allegedly brandished a gun when showing up to a party uninvited and kissing another man's wife. Miles was cleared in court on criminal and civil charges stemming from the party incident.He's also told the Tribune he plans to return to the House "much humbler" and more focused.
Edwards won his old seat back in 2008, but now, it appears the perennial political foes are switching places once again.
What's next? Once the Democratic Party certifies the recount, state Rep. Al Edwards, D-Houston, has the option of filing a "contest", which is akin to a suit to try and do discovery to turn the results around.