S-T transportation guru Gordon Dickson was there and so was Republican state Sen. Kim Brimer of Fort Worth, periodically chewing on his trademark cigar throughout the meeting. Brimer will lose his place on the Sunset Board next month after Democrat Wendy Davis takes over his seat in the state Senate.
At Tuesday's meeting, as the board discussed replacing the five Transportation commissioners with a single transportation czar, lawmakers debated who would be qualified to be czar. After someone suggested that people who were recently members of the Texas Legislature should be barred from the job, state Sen. Craig Estes, R-Wichita Falls, offered a hypothetical.
“What if the governor wants to appoint Brimer?” asked Estes, tapping his outgoing colleague on the shoulder.
Brimer, who was seen by some as a transportation wonk in the State Senate, had been silent most of the day.
“You’d be a damn fool to take this job," Brimer said.
-Gordon Dickson and Aman Batheja