Monday, January 18, 2010


"Today, I was deeply honored to participate in a number of tributes to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This morning, in fact, I was privileged to accompany Derrick King, Reverend King's nephew, in Houston's 32nd annual Martin Luther King Day Parade.

Dr. King's words and actions have influenced many lives in our nation and across the world--including mine. When Barack Obama was elected President, our country came one step closer to achieving Dr. King's dream.

In spite of how close we are to achieving full realization of Dr. King's dream, Texans still struggle in poverty and go without basic medical care. Hundreds of thousands of Texans are jobless; many are homeless.

Today, I encourage each and every one of you to take time out to remember Dr. King and the legacy he has left behind--and think about what you can do to help push forward Dr. King's dream.

I challenge each of you to find your own small way to help make Dr. King's dream a reality in your home town. Give to a food bank, volunteer at a homeless shelter, or give to the charity of your choice.

Working together, we can make a difference.

In Unity,

Farouk Shami"

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Candidate accused of bribing another to drop out governor’s race

by staff

Posted on January 20, 2010 at 2:01 PM


HOUSTON – There may be a political scandal brewing in the governor’s race. Reports have surfaced alleging that businessman and gubernatorial candidate Farouk Shami paid another candidate handsomely to drop out of the race.

According to the Dallas Morning News, Shami gave $150,000 to Hank Gilbert’s campaign. Gilbert then switched his campaign to agriculture commissioner.

“Gilbert was trashing Farouk one day and cozying up to him the next,” said candidate Kinky Friedman.
Both Shami and Gilbert deny the allegations.

Gilbert says the contribution was just Shami showing support for his campaign.

The contribution was not recorded on Shami’s campaign finance report filed last week, but his campaign officials said it was merely an oversight and will be corrected immediately.