"From Mercedes News-Tribune". "A few years ago Judge Bobbitt was running for election to the Attorney-Generalship, after having been appointed by Governor Dan Moody. He was opposed by a young man named Jimmie Allred. Young Allred proceeded to give Judge Bobbitt a thorough trouncing at the polls.
"Usually, a politician becomes sore at his opponent when he is defeated.
"Judge Bobbitt realized that the office belonged to the people and not to him. He realized that young Jimmie Allred had simply beat him as a campaigner. He rather admired the young man for it. Judge Bobbitt told the News-Tribune editor that Jimmie Allred has a through ticket to the Governor's chair.
"In the recent election Mr. Bobbitt actively and effectively supported Attorney-General Allred for Governor. Mr. Bobbitt won many new friends by showing that he could take it.
"When General Allred became Governor-elect, he showed that he appreciated the manly but unusual attitude of Judge Bobbitt, and gave him the best plum he had to pass around at this time.
"Next year, if he will accept it, Judge Bobbitt doubtless will be given one of the choicest appointive positions in our State government.
"If Mr. Bobbitt had defeated his youthful opponent several years ago, it may be that the Laredo jurist would be out of the political picture by now. But he lost and by making the most of it, we find Judge Bobbitt staging a brilliant comeback in Texas politics by a circuitous and novel route. He bounced down a few years ago, but 1934 find him bouncing-up higher than ever. Judge Bobbitt has found that the way up, is down."
In 1937 Governor Allred appointed Robert Lee Bobbitt as Chairman of the State Highway Commission. It was a financial sacrifice for Robert Lee to accept this appointment and resign as Judge of the Fourth Court of Civil Appeals. Sacrifice is part of the cost of being useful. It is always the price of one's convictions.
"Judge Bobbitt will take his position as chairman of the Highway Board on February 15th. Judge Bobbitt was not an aspirant for this position, but he will serve the State well, as he has ever done."