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Annise Parker: The TT Interview

Three months into her new job, the mayor of the state's largest city and the nation's fourth-largest city says she's working hard to combat the crippling effects of a down economy, putting partisan differences aside to join with Republican congressmen in lobbying Washington to keep NASA intact, and trying to untangle the longstanding knot that is mass transit. Oh, and she's staying as far away from the governor's race as humanly possible, though she has a stern message for political operatives who may be looking to tarnish the man she replaced: Don't mess with Houston.

Three months into her new job, the mayor of the state's largest city and the nation's fourth-largest city says she's working hard to combat the crippling effects of a down economy, putting partisan differences aside to join with Republican congressmen in lobbying Washington to keep NASA intact, and trying to untangle the longstanding knot that is mass transit. Oh, and she's staying as far away from the governor's race as humanly possible, though she has a stern message for political operatives who may be looking to tarnish the man she replaced: Don't mess with Houston.

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