DA would-be LaHood gets candy-coated treatment from NSIDE

Michael Cary

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Plenty of ink’s been poured into printing presses about District Attorney Susan Reed — naturally, given her long-in-the-tooth tenure in the Bexar County Courthouse.

And her challenger for the high-profile public office, Nico LaHood, has gotten some chafing treatment from various news agencies, including the San Antonio Current.

One San Antonio publication, NSIDE Business Magazine, a slick magazine that shares its bindery on the flip side with NSIDE MD, could have pulled off a decent one-on-one with the upstart challenger LaHood. However, it missed that chance in its September/October edition.

The magazine laid out some nice photos of family and San Antonio Spurs stars, and provided an interesting insight into LaHood’s biblical point of view and philosophy of life. But NSIDE contributor Joe Cox seems to have pulled his punches in his profile of the prospective lead prosecutor in this county.

He instead flames five opening paragraphs extolling the virtues of honor in a lead-up to an account of a “man whose journey

contains all of the common ingredients of a leader.”

The article paints a story of LaHood’s “good amount of success, his share of failure and a heavy allotment of suffering,” but it hardly provides an in-depth peek into what LaHood would show the world if he is elected to serve in the Bexar County District Attorney’s office.

But one must retain the thought when reading this article that the magazine is published in a good-news format (there’s also a fluff cover story, albeit fairly well-written, about the Castro brothers in the same issue, also penned by Joe Cox).

“Though his faith is very clearly reflected in his demeanor and often arises in casual conversation, LaHood is particularly careful to point out that his faith ‘will not dictate’ how he runs the office if elected, but rather, ‘the law and the facts will,’” Cox writes.

We learn that LaHood is a devoted Christian and strict practitioner of martial arts. There’s a photo of the would-be DA posing between two famous Spurs basketball stars, Tony Parker and Tim Duncan, and a pic of LaHood posing with his wife and his parents.

Turn the page and see LaHood in a pose that apparently reflects his lawyerly demeanor, followed with a photo of the challenger in workout garb, ready to punch out someone’s lights — an image that perennially works for attorneys who are campaigning for public office.

The story begins to wind down with a reflection of LaHood’s sense of loss after his brother, Michael LaHood Jr., was murdered in front of his parent’s house in 1996.

But there is little else about the man that a voter can sink his teeth into (that would be considered assault and a prosecutable felony, by the way) within the article.

The reader is left with the sense that Cox fully intended to vote for LaHood, and has indeed already voted early for the man.

“Some will cave into the deafening duplicity and focus on LaHood’s own brush with the law when he was just a young man without ever considering that he might actually stand as a model of repentance and self-composure for others who have ever fallen short of perfection,” Cox writes, rather eloquently, and gets as close as he dares — in the magazine’s feel-good context — to criticize the candidate.

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