HOUSTON – High profile attorney Tony Buzbee is giving away a WWII Sherman tank he bought in France and had shipped to Texas.
Last year, it irritated the River Oaks Homeowners Association when he parked the tank in front of his mansion.
He had been using it to crush cars on his property.
Buzbee said he wants to be Houston’s mayor.
The self-made millionaire has been a big-time political donor for years. Now, he said he’s willing to spend up to $5 million of his own money to claim the mayor’s office.
Buzbee said he doesn’t need the job and insists that the city needs him.
“I would say our current leadership on the council and the mayorship is below average for an above-average city and we can do better,” Buzbee said.
Buzbee made millions as a personal injury attorney. He successfully represented former Gov. Rick Perry in 2014 when he was charged with abuse of power.
Since then, Buzbee has stayed in the news.
Last December, he filed charges against a house guest, a young woman, who he accused of vandalizing expensive artwork worth hundreds of thousands of dollars, including two Andy Warhol paintings.
As a Texas A&M regent, he caused controversy by calling for the firing of former coach Kevin Sumlin. He also successfully had a drunk driving charge dismissed by outgoing Harris County District Attorney Devon Anderson, sparking some criticism by other attorneys.