Many prosecutors cried happy tears after learning Lykos lost

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by Courtney Zubowski / KHOU 11 News

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Posted on May 30, 2012 at 6:18 PM

Updated Wednesday, May 30 at 6:40 PM

HOUSTON — The people have spoken and they want change in the Harris County District Attorney’s Office.

Pat Lykos is out and Mike Anderson will be the Republican on the ballot in November.

Now there are a lot of theories swirling around about why she was ousted.

KHOU 11 News caught up with the winning candidate at his office in Greenway Plaza Wednesday afternoon.

"I’m very excited about this. I’m very thankful that we had so many people help us out. I mean, I’m just humbled by the vote," said Anderson.

Anderson says he owes the ousting to some of the frustrated prosecutors and people they know.

"They have families, they have friends and there was just this huge outpouring of calling people and making sure you bring 10 people to vote and making sure you bring 25 people to vote," he said. "There is just such a feeling at the courthouse of not liking the way things were being done at the office."

About 60 prosecutors showed up to his watch party in the Upper Kirby District Tuesday night.

Former prosecutor Paul Doyle, who left the District Attorney’s Office when Lykos won the primary election last year, attended the lively event.

"There were probably 50 to 60 prosecutors there in tears when they saw that Mike Anderson won. It was a very emotional night because they’ve basically been held captive for three years," said Doyle.

In Midtown Tuesday night, Pat Lykos blamed herself saying she ran a poor campaign. She said she should have responded to what she called unfair attacks.

But, Lykos told her supporters that she stuck to her guns and says she’s proud of what she’s accomplished.

"When you go in and you reform an office, there’s going to be opposition," Lykos told her supporters. "What I should have done is come out earlier and explain what was actually occurring, corrected the record, because there was such reckless disregard for the truth out there."

Anderson will go head to head with Democrat Lloyd Oliver in the general election in November.

The longtime Houston attorney told KHOU 11 News Wednesday that Anderson is a great man, but "a tyrant who would make a great prison guard."

Anderson believes his 17 years as a prosecutor make him the best person to become the county’s next district attorney.

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