It appears that Gallery Furniture owner and Houston icon Jim “Mattress Mack” McIngvale doesn’t like being called a “furniture salesman.” In a full-page attack ad that ran in the Houston Chronicle over the weekend, McIngvale called Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo a “sanctimonious bully,” among other things, after she indirectly referred to him as a “furniture salesman” in response to his endorsement of her Republican challenger Alex Mealer.
During her November 9 victory speech following her defeat of Mealer in the Harris County Judge election, Hidalgo noted the millions in campaign contributions her opponent gathered and her list of endorsements, including McIngvale. “Sure she had almost $10 million in the bank, a U.S. senator, a furniture salesman, unscrupulous folks who were willing to tell lies, and a baffling editorial board endorsement representing the establishment,” Hidalgo said. “But we earned every vote and not with exaggerations or falsehoods. We earned them with hard work and with results over the past four years.”