Brockhouse on Bid for Mayor: ‘The Answer is Yes’

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Councilman Greg Brockhouse (D6) reacts during the Rivard Report Conversations with the Council series.

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Councilman Greg Brockhouse (D6) reacts during the Rivard Report's Conversations with the Council series.

It’s a question of when, not if, Councilman Greg Brockhouse will run for mayor of San Antonio, he said Tuesday night.

Brockhouse’s wife, Annalisa, may have been the only one surprised by her husband’s statement that “the duty will call and, yes, I will [run].”

Annalisa Brockhouse shakes her finger at her husband when he confirmed he planned to run for mayor.

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Annalisa Brockhouse shakes her finger at her husband when he confirmed he planned to run for mayor.

“This is news to me,” Annalisa said with a smile after the first-term District 6 councilman participated in a public discussion hosted by the Rivard Report at the San Antonio Food Bank on the city’s Southwest side. Many have speculated about a potential mayoral run for Brockhouse, who describes himself as a “riddle wrapped up in an enigma” and is a consistent dissenting voice in most major policy discussions at City Hall.

For Brockhouse, it’s just matter of timing, he said on stage to the crowd of almost 50 people (while Annalisa shook her finger from the back), “but the answer is yes.”

He doesn’t rule out a campaign to unseat Mayor Ron Nirenberg as early as 2019.

“The Lord will tell me when the time comes,” Brockhouse said. “What I think San Antonio needs is a different path, and I think we are legitimately on the wrong path at City Hall.”

Brockhouse has criticized the mayor’s leadership style and policy directions since they both took office in June. And both have experience in trying to unseat an incumbent; Brockhouse lost a previous attempt to win a council seat in 2013 to Ray Lopez, but Nirenberg unseated second-term incumbent Mayor Ivy Taylor.

Watch the full conversation here.

“I lost in 2013 for a reason, and the door opened for me now,” he said.

District 6 Councilman Greg Brockhouse and Rivard Report Publisher Robert Rivard discuss the district at the San Antonio Food Bank.

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District 6 Councilman Greg Brockhouse and Rivard Report Publisher Robert Rivard discuss the state of Brockhouse’s district at the San Antonio Food Bank.

Among other criticisms, Brockhouse called out Nirenberg for his “unilateral decision-making” when it comes to important issues including new board members for a troubled Tricentennial Commission, moving forward with an appeal to the Texas Supreme Court in the City’s lawsuit against the fire union, backing out of the race for Amazon’s second headquarters, and Tuesday’s announcement of a new committee that will focus on the San Antonio International Airport’s future.

“[Nirenberg] speaks more to the County Judge than he does his own council,” he said during the one-on-one discussion with Rivard Report Publisher Robert Rivard.

Brockhouse also reiterated his opposition to what he referred to as the mayor’s so-called “leadership by slogan” mentality. From “the city you deserve,” Nirenberg’s campaign slogan, to “equity lens,” Brockhouse said a more communitybased and data-driven approach is what he would bring to City Hall should he be elected. He would also question term limits.

“I don’t think honestly somebody should serve for eight years on City Council. I think it’s too long – it’s just too much, you need fresher blood,” he said. “Everybody wants to run for mayor down there. Anybody who tells you they don’t, I’m sorry, [that’s] absolutely untrue.”

Jason Johnson, who served for eight years in the U.S. Marine Corps and is now a student at the University of Texas at San Antonio, told Brockhouse during the question-and-answer session that he was “disappointed” in his fellow millennials for their lack of civic engagement.

It’s not just millennials, Brockhouse said, voter turnout of all age groups is abysmal.

But Brockhouse pointed to his vote to approve the removal of the Confederate statue in Travis Park: It was the testimony of one young black girl that changed his mind.

He encouraged Johnson to stay engaged and show up to meetings because “it does make a difference.” After the event, Brockhouse wrote his cellphone number on the back of his card for Johnson to stay in touch.

18 thoughts on “Brockhouse on Bid for Mayor: ‘The Answer is Yes’

  1. Uh no, seriously no. What San Antonio DOESN’T need at this juncture is yet another “Conservative Christian” (?!) Republican ramming right wing/fat cat/Donald Trump blather down our throats. Ron Nirenberg is a great Mayor! Thank you Ron for your fairness, decency and consistently forward looking vision!

    • Look I can do it too:

      The last thing that we need are more budget snapping/left wing/government controlled/open border/precision missile striking/gun grabbing/PC gestapo/Arab Springing/Saudi donation accepting/2014 Critic’s Choice Awards Weinstein cheek kissing liberal policies piercing our ears with the shrill cry of a 2016 defeat still echoing in every major headline today.

      See how annoying it can be when your party and everyone in it gets packaged up neatly by someone who doesn’t know you?

      Did you even listen to what he had to say before you just dismissed him based on his identity? Nope.

      This town is so completely leftist that I’d be very surprised if he won or if anyone even listened to him because of the way he looks and which God he chooses. The irony.

      • Nice to hear from you. Yep, read the entire Brockhouse article before writing my comment. Nothing’s changed. Opinions are like … noses … everyone’s got one. Peace out dude – signed, your “Leftist” San Antonio neighbor.

        • Will

          I’m glad you have a nose too.

          I simply believe that well-informed opinions are created from more of a real policy stand point and not an identity.


          • Honestly, Will is off his rocker. Under Trump the stock market keeps hitting record highs, home starts are up dramatically, black unemployment is at record lows, Hispanic unemployment is at record lows, unemployment generally is at 3.5% which is full employment, small business confidence is at a record high, etc. Now, Will says that’s bad because he does not like Trump. He says instead of real achievements we need leaders who push progressive ideas. Just as the council in their wisdom will today pass a stupid ordinance regarding tobacco sales. Yeah, let’s have more of that stuff and the hell with economic achievement.

    • I don’t see any conservatism in Brockhouse, which is what the city needs. Castro was terrible, Taylor was good, and Nirenberg (contrary to my expectations) has proven to be not so bad. Now, of course, he will disappoint as he has on some issues, the smoking ordinance is an example (he will sign it). But for the things Brockhouse has taken him to task, the mayor was correct.

      If Nirenberg, as Brockhouse claims, spends more time with Wolff than council members who can blame him? What do the politburo members know? What do they do? They only look for ways to put greater burdens on the citizenry in their zeal to control lives.

      I assume, Will, judging from your stream-of-consciousness blather that is just fine with you.

      Regarding the smoking ordinance, I would favor it if it was coupled with removing the right to vote from those younger than 21. If they can’t be trusted to choose to buy cigarettes why trust them with a vote?

  2. This will become a race for San Antonio to decide whether to return to the isolationist, slow-paced, economically backwards days of the 1920s through the 1950s which caused it to drop from being the biggest metro area in Texas to a has-been which has had to work hard to come from behind or to continue as a progressive city which was just listed has having the third highest GDP growth among large metro areas for the past 5 years.

    • I’m having trouble following what exactly a mayor could do policy wise to set this city back nearly 100 years or making San Antonio irrelevant to future development.

      The only thing making this city irrelevant currently are the people who keep fighting development and new comers in a non-stop effort to preserve what is “theirs” and only for those who belong here in “their neighborhood” who have to look, talk, act, and be just like them for a welcome.

      The development community talks to each other unlike multiple facets of our government. They know who is doing what, where the money is, and reputation is huge. San Antonio citizens themselves could ruin it for themselves if they aren’t willing to work with future partners or investors and keep pressuring the city to sabotage projects. That sounds more like true isolationism to me.

      Do you really believe that any government has the liberty to remain isolationist any longer? I say that possibility is dwindling as the technology explodes. People are so much more mobile and connected that I highly doubt a mayor could do anything about creating a truly isolationist city government. Let’s be realistic about criticism as to not push people away from your cause that might would have come your way otherwise. Like me.

      Slow paced? Economically? Socially? Okay have you not noticed that Austin and San Antonio are the progressive bastions of Texas? You think that could change with a mayor? Maybe it would lend balance to an already highly tilted conversation.

      I’m genuinely interested to know what he would do because you seem so certain of his plans and their results without listing any of them for us to decide for ourselves. In your vision there can only be two realities: The dust bowl or paradise…Heaven or Hell….gosh I’ve always hated those two choices we need to get out of this extreme way of thinking.

      When I read your argument out loud I hear almost verbatim the same argument I hear all the time about any conservative trying to gain office especially coming from big news media in the past 2 years. It’s like you are saying words right out of an anchor’s mouth about Donald Trump. Unfortunately for your argument the data so far shows the economy is doing quite well under Republican leadership…why do you see the opposite occurring with a translation to smaller, city-level office?

  3. Isolationism??? Where did that come from? Conservative Capitalism produces profits, employs people, encourages industry and keeps families whole. You other guys are believing your own smoke……your liberal giveaways have weaken the family, destroyed relationships and businesses. Many high school students can’t even add or write a sensible sentence without a keypad or computer with spell and grammar check. Better hope the math function in excel never goes away. See what happens without a register to tell one how much change to give back for a $9.25 bill when you give the young clerk a $10.00 bill and a quarter. What a joke.
    Nope, Greg’s a good man and we welcome his run for Mayor whenever he is ready.

  4. If Brockhouse follows through with his commitment to strip the crooked contact from KSAT for the Tricentennial, it will signal to many that he is not going to play along with under the table “good ol’ boy” crooked politics which has held our city back for decades. Phil Lane at KSAT conspired with the Tricentennial Commission/City to rig the contract. One that was agreed, they pretended to open the competition up RFPs from competitors. But word eventually leaked this was a sham. Two commissioners were bounced. Yet, incredibly, the city STILL allowed the ethically-challenged Phil lane and KSAT to keep their exclusive media contract. KSAT walks away with millions. No other media entity can cover the events (as they would have otherwise) and its business as usual. If Brockhouse fights this abuse of power, he will be worth supporting. If he walks away, he’s no better than the rest.

  5. Shameful. Despicable. Dishonest. Under Mr. Lane and other shady operators before him, KSAT has long been regarded as a sleazy organization that uses underhand tactics. The Tricentennial contract is just one more con job our city suffers for. Instead of national coverage by dozens of news entities, our 300th celebration gets only one single forth-rate local TV station. What a shame that our city manager and the new Tricentennial commissioner won’t do the right thing. Sure, the politicians get theirs. KSAT gets millions, while the citizens of SA, once again, get taken advantage of. Thanks for nothing, Scully and Nirenberg.

  6. I had the opportunity to listen to Greg Brockhouse at a community event this week. He said something that I wish more of our politicians would stand up and say. We were discussing some new roads (2017 Bond projects) and a development near where I live. He talked about some decisions made years ago and said he was not blaming his predecessor. He then said “I own these problems now”. He is not one to shy away from a situation, he wants to solve problems.

    I didn’t vote for him for the city council seat, but I love what he is doing and how he is doing it. He has a vision for the district and has worked hard to implement it. As for his run for Mayor, when he runs, he immediately jumps to the top of my list come election day.

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