Former Lubbock Mayor Sitton says she felt pressure to leave regents - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

9/12/09

Former Lubbock Mayor Sitton says she felt pressure to leave regents

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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - A former member of the Texas Tech Board of Regents comes forward saying she felt pressured to quit.  Last week, we told you Texas Tech Regent Mark Griffin resigned after he says he was pressured indirectly by the governor to leave his post after supporting Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison in the governor's race.

Perry says he had nothing to do with Griffin's resignation. Now, another former regent says this may be a pattern.

Windy Sitton says last fall she received a similar phone call after pledging her support for Hutchison. She decided not to resign, because she only had a few months left in her term, but she feels the political pull should not have been used. 

"What that says to me is that politics is getting in the way of good governance; I think for our institutions, and I don't think citizens of Texas are served well when politics overrides good governance," Sitton said. 

We'll have more from Sitton tonight on NewsChannel 11 at 10.

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