Energy and Environment Reporting for Texas

Railroad Commission Candidate: Don’t Pee on Electric Fences

Houston oil and gas attorney Roland Sledge (R) is running for an open seat on the Railroad Commission of Texas. (Which, despite its name, has nothing to do with railroads. It’s the state regulator of the oil and gas industry.)

Roland Sledge also doesn’t believe in peeing on an electric fence.

It’s true. Sledge has even put together a campaign video about it. (It’s a reference to a saying attributed to Will Rogers.) In the video, Sledge says that he agrees with Rogers when he said: “There are three kinds of men. The one that learns by reading. The few who learn by observation. And the rest have to pee on the electric fence.” (Can you guess which kind of candidate Sledge says he isn’t?)

What, ultimately, urinating on such a fence has to do with the Railroad Commission isn’t explicitly clear. Nor is the connection obvious between the commission and disgraced Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich, or trillions of dollars in bank bailout money, for that matter. But it all makes for entertaining viewing, which you can do above.

(Hat-tip: Texas Tribune)


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