Bexar County Commissioners were involved in a heated exchange during their meeting Tuesday.
Precinct 4 Commissioner Tommy Adkisson wanted a review and discussion of the county’s travel policies added to a future agenda.
Precinct 2 Commissioner Paul Elizondo said the move was purely political and done to embarrass Adkisson’s political opponents.
“All this posturing is politics, everything’s fair,” Elizondo said. “But I don’t like to have politics raise its ugly head during a meeting on the people's business.”
Adkisson is running for county judge against fellow Democrat, and current Bexar County judge, Nelson Wolff.
Elizondo accused Adkisson of playing politics on the dais.
“I don’t think anybody else should,” Elizondo shouted.
“Tell it to somebody else who’s going to believe you,” Adkisson responded.
Adkisson’s request came after an op-ed in the San Antonio Express News questioned the effectiveness of foreign trips taken by the county’s Economic Development Department, including Precinct 3 Commissioner Kevin Wolff.
“We have historically allowed any member of the court to put any item on the agenda,” Adkisson said. “The drift I got this morning is there is at least one commissioner who would love to stifle the right of a commissioner to put any item on the agenda.”
Judge Wolff did his best to calm the situation.
“I'm trying to separate the politics from good government policy and I think I did a pretty good job of that today,” Wolff said.
Wolff understands things are likely to get heated when two opponents, and former political allies, are serving together, but he admitted he was baffled when Adkisson made the request.
“I do have a commissioner running against me, sitting here for 15 years now,” he said.”30 or 40 days before (the primary) and he's got a lot of new ideas, but that's just part of it.”