If her first public appearance after a night of celebration was any indication, Mayor-elect Annise Parker intends to be every bit the straight talker as mayor as she was on the campaign trail.

In a wide ranging press conference this afternoon, she said she plans to spend her first months in office answering “no” to most requests that people make as the city struggles through tight budgetary constraints.

The seven-time elected official — who will finish her third term as controller before being inaugurated next month as mayor — also did not hold back when asked why she prevailed over her opponent former city attorney Gene Locke.

“Mr. Locke was a rookie candidate and he made a lot of rookie mistakes,” Parker said, noting that her staff has remained pretty much intact over the last seven campaigns, while the Locke camp suffered several upheavals.

Parker said she spent a long time this morning communicating with Mayor Bill White and her transition staff. She declined to name members of that team.

She said that Gilbert Garcia and state Rep. Garnett Coleman, D-Houston, are helping assemble a transition team.


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