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Harris County DA Candidate Lloyd Oliver Takes Abuse Victim-Blaming To A New Low

by: Joe Deshotel

Wed Feb 19, 2014 at 04:34 PM CST

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Lloyd Oliver -- a perennial candidate in Harris County -- is in the headlines again for making outrageous statements, this time claiming that family violence is "so overrated."

He apparently takes issue with the definition being used to prosecute domestic abuse cases by the Harris County District Attorney, which is the office he is seeking.

He made the comments in an interview with the Texas Observer, where he revealed that domestic violence issues were the basis of his platform. His past statements of victim-blaming have now evolved into outright victim denial. He told the Observer's Emily Deprang that when couples engage in a "mutual scuffle," that do not result in blood or an ambulance and where the woman asks for police not to take the man away that, "there's no victim." Of course, women can feel forced to take this position if they are in an abusive relationship.

See what the Harris County Democratic Party Chairman had to say below the jump...

It may come as no surprise that Oliver is a criminal defense attorney who claims that about 1 in 4 of his clients is charged with family violence. The guy just can't keep abuse out of his mind. DePrang wrote that even after she tried to change the subject he would end up back on about family violence and the apparent "over-prosecution" that he believes is the District Attorney's office biggest waste of resources.  

But, in case you think his position was just an industry conflict he has made incredibly insensitive remarks about other victims of discrimination before. A 2012 story by Houston Press has him quoted as being weary of "queers holding hands," and the "rag heads." Though it is surprising that with such extreme positions he is running as a Democrat, he has also run in the past as a Republican. He told the Observer that, "there's more accessibility in the Democratic Party," and that he "likes a good fight."

Harris County Democratic Party Chairman Lane Lewis said, "The party tends to stay neutral in contested primary races that's why it is very important voters rely on sources like Burnt Orange Report and Houston Chronicle to get the information they need to make the best choice for races such as District Attorney."

This may be a good time to remind readers that the Burnt Orange Report and the Houston Chronicle have both endorsed his Democratic Primary opponent Kim Ogg.

You can read the full article by the Texas Observer here.

You can visit Kim Ogg's website here.

You can follow me on Twitter at @joethepleb.

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