The Billion-Dollar Question: If Mayor Tom Leppert's Really About to Ditch, Why?

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Mayor Tom and Ron Natinsky
Gromer Jeffers is saying this afternoon it's "all but certain" Dallas Mayor Tom Leppert won't run for reelection in May, although he doesn't quite say how he's so certain. I certainly have been picking up a lot of ground clutter in the last week, mainly about various hopefuls knee-walking with burnt offerings to the offices of the big political consultants, Carol Reed and Mari Woodlief, asking their blessing and consultancy.

It's the Carol/Mari prayer.

"Dear Mother Mari, or Mother Carol, whichever. Please look down on my candidacy with your love. Please grace me with your campaign help, especially fund-raising. If elected, I shall be forever after your grateful servant and doormat to your lobbying. If not elected, I promise to move to Santa Fe and die."

Here's what I wonder. Gromer is suggesting that Leppert wants out of City Hall, with or without the face-saving excuse of running for a higher office that everybody knows he can't get. Just out.

So is it out, just ahead of some shoe to fall?

Late last week the city received another batch of data on the condition of the Trinity River levee system. The ultimate report, which won't be done for months, is a huge deal, especially if it's bad news.

But I could be dead wrong about this whole thing. The report could come back like this: "Hey, Dallas, relax, the levees are in pretty good shape, minor fixes needed, not that expensive, no big deal, everything will get done before the disaster of a FEMA remapping putting huge amounts of the central city tax base in the a flood-risk district."

Or I could be right. The report could come back, "Dallas, you are so totally screwed, glued and tattooed, you can't even imagine." In which case, Tom Leppert is unelectable as dog catcher. So does he know something?

If the levee report is political poison for Leppert, it's the same poison for council member Ron Natinsky. Depending on who's out there to run as an independent, the levee report could be used as pretty good poison for any candidate fielded by the Dallas Citizens Council.

Just got my nose in the wind. And of course you know I hope everything will come out sweetly and for the best.
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md
md

I didn't know Tom Leppert built the levees.

Yes, he pushed the toll road and the bridge.

Those projects ultimately led the Army Corp of Engineers to take a second look at the levees and find them lacking.

But the problems with them already existed, right?

Cliff Dweller
Cliff Dweller

Natinsky seems to have thought he was the next mayor from the time he was elected to council. Once there, he's turned out to be as much of a clown as the rest of them.

whodunit
whodunit

Natinsky, Hunt, Carraway, etc. They are all damaged goods. Afterall, they have all participated in the fiasco in one way or another. Let's have some new blood from an outsider who can really provide some leadership and restore honor and integrity.

Oak Cliff Townie
Oak Cliff Townie

Mayor Tom has realized 2012 won't be the election cycle to be bragging about or taking credit for Bond funded public building projects.

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Anonymous
Anonymous

Normally Jim's conspiracy theories seem like just that. But in this situation, the case that Leppert is about to become damaged goods seems reasonable. Rule #1 of job searching is that you never wait until your position is eliminated. It's always easier to get a new job when you're still cashing the paychecks at your current one. It may be even more applicable to politics than to the private market.

Hmmmm
Hmmmm

ANGELA, please, ANGELA!

jd
jd

Leppert is going to bust a Ron Meyer move.

Howard
Howard

I always had the vibe that Leppert has had his eye on a higher office. I predict he will run for the Senate in 2012. It will be up to the next mayor to figure out how to pay for all the stuff Leppert bought.

El Rey
El Rey

The other shoes will most likely be budget and levee related. Mayor Tom would prefer to be seen as above the mess, but we all know who the biggest cheerleader for the Trinity Tollroad has always been. Millions of taxpayer dollars have been diverted to pay for feasability studies and fancy bridges. The backlash will come when we are faced with cutting even more city services.

Montemalone
Montemalone

Well, City Hall is in the flood zone. I wouldn't want to have to swim to my office either.

OakParkStudio
OakParkStudio

I find it telling that nobody wanted to discuss the Trinity/Levee data dump last week for the DMN's story.

Yeah-yeah...it was way too early and the findings can't be revealed until the final report. THAT is political cover. And, Kay-Bay is being her usual coy self and not telling what her plans are either...though there is much speculation she won't run again..some silly popularity poll was released last week too showing some slippage.

And now, Mayor Pro Tem Caraway...a possible mayoral candidate himself...has an inexplicable "Arthur-Archie" problem during the last Cowboys game. Sounds kinda unhinged to me.

So, sweetly and for the best would be for Mayor Laser Eyes to go back to the private sector and step aside as we step into it in his wake.

Hunt for Mayor anyone?

Robert Wilonsky
Robert Wilonsky

I assume the mayor's not going to make any announcement till after the Super Bowl, right? I mean, that's too many cameras -- and too much good pub -- to pass up as a lame duck, innit?

chevytexas
chevytexas

I feel like I recall this every week, am I the only one? I thought we all agreed to strap City Hall onto the underbelly of Large Marge, surely that's above the flood zone, so to speak. --chevytexas out somewhere near Tucson

rubbercow
rubbercow

No way! Caraway is the PERFECT candidate for this city!

Montemalone
Montemalone

How about the unemployed Shrub up on Daria Pl?Shrub for Mayor!Jim, you'd have to work 20 hours a day, but I'd have plenty of entertaining reading.

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