County Commissioner Ken Mayfield has filed suit against Democratic opponent Rose Renfroe for listing her name on the ballot as Rose “Rosita” Renfroe. Texas Election Law requires that a nickname on the ballot has to be one that the person has “been commonly known by” for at least three years. Ms. Renfroe–a fixture in Dallas politics–ran as plain ol’ Rose in 2002.
Ms. Renfroe’s ploy could lead to a massive bout of nick-naming. How about Rick “Ricardo” Perry? Or Carol “Carolita” Strayhorne? (But how to translate Kinky?) Of course a Rose by any other name is still plain ol’ Rose.