To Anyone Considering a Run for Dallas Mayor: What in the Hell is Wrong With You?

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The plot thickens. I told you here a couple days ago that Jeff Siegel at the Advocate had been pushing me to run for mayor. Now he has a very smart item up on the Advocate blog Backtalk in which he hopes Angela Hunt will not run for mayor, because only an idiot would run for mayor of Dallas under existing circumstances.

I've had my pencil and pad out all morning, trying to connect the dots. Only an idiot would run -- dot dot dot -- Angela Hunt should not run -- dot dot dot -- Jim Schutze should run. Dot dot dot?

Hmm. I already said I would run, but then I withdrew the next day, but then the next day I threw my hat back in the ring. But now these dots are causing me fourth thoughts.

I will say this. I absolutely agree with Siegel about Hunt. Current Mayor Tom Leppert, who has announced he will leave office to seek sainthood, is ditching out of here about six minutes ahead of the deluge. The bills are going to come due on his city-owned fun-house hotel downtown and the Trinity River levee repair.

But far worse, as Siegel points out, is the enormous liability Leppert and his puppeteers at the Citizens Council have incurred for the city by deferring maintenance of the city's basic infrastructure -- streets, sewers, normal (not "signature") bridges, etc.

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By starving the beast, not collecting taxes during fat years, giving away the store to developers in the form of "tax incentives" and, in the very worst, most irresponsible practice, off-shoring basic maintenance to the so-called capital funds (meaning borrowed money), the Citizens Council/Leppert leadership has set this city up for several years of absolute hell to pay.

That's why they're willing to give the mayor's job to council member Ron Natinsky, who, no matter what he may think, is not one of them. They know the next mayor is going to be a punching bag, and they're too worried about their own faces to risk it.

They would fight to keep the job away from Hunt, out of sheer cultural misogyny. She would fight to take it away from them out of sheer guts. But I hope she won't. She's too talented and worth too much to the city to throw away on a lose-lose election cycle.

I hope she listens to voices like Siegel's and puts it off. Or goes back to lawyering and sues the crap out of a bunch of insurance companies and gets rich. Or this: stays on the council, helps hold together the nascent eight-vote anti-Citizens Council majority and defends the city and the taxpayers from the worst of what is ahead.

Siegel's right: There's a big old ugly boot of a shoe to fall, and it should fall right in the lap of the sons of bitches who left it up there hanging from the wire.

And I have decided that I am insulted again, so I am not running for mayor again. But watch this space. I'm very easily un-insulted.

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SnookiePie
SnookiePie

I desperately want to get City Council/mayor fixed. And, I would love to see AH as mayor. But, I agree completely with Jeff Siegel. If she were smart she would just done another 2yr on council, then take 2yrs off, while she watches Natinsky flop about. In 2015 the economy should be much better for Angela to run for mayor. Besides, how much damaged could Natinsky do? Leppert's already given away the candy store!

Tom L (No, Not That L)
Tom L (No, Not That L)

Dang, how many Siegels do we have running around making news in this town? For a second there I was wondering why the anti-democracy lawyer was blogging about people running for mayor.

anon
anon

don't get all anti-semitic conspiratorial on us

knottygirl
knottygirl

Damn it, according to this article, Dallas is the 10th rudest city in the country. http://www.travelandleisure.co... That is absolutely unacceptable. If elected mayor, I will personally get us in the top 5. I guarantee it.

MattL1
MattL1

Is there anybody out there who recognizes the oncoming deluge, knows that combating it will cost them their political future, and is willing to give it a shot anyway? That's the person I want.

Too bad they probably don't exist.

Montemalone
Montemalone

It's time to get rid of the mayor and council and elect an Emporer.City Hall would look much better with some marble cladding and gold leaf, and those tedious meetings that WRR broadcasts could finally be retired and replaced with some nice Bach fugues to get us all in a prayin' mood.

knottygirl
knottygirl

Oh hell, I'll run. I'm cute, patriotic (check out that avatar), and I can overspend like no one's business. Just ask Mr. Knottygirl. I like bridges and puppies and I can be bribed with shiny baubles. The business community will love me. You little people will love me too when I keep the libraries and city facilities open 24 hours by combining them with The Bridge. How will I do that, you ask? I'll hire the homeless to staff our libraries and parks and rec centers overnight. They get a paycheck and a place to stay out of the cold, insomniacs can go do something useful in a city facility instead of tossing and turning all night long, and the national media will love our innovative approach to helping the homeless, which will get all sorts of major corporations relocating to Dallas. Because no one loves the homeless and downtrodden more than corporate America.

Thank you and goodnight.

Grumpy Demo
Grumpy Demo

"Mayor Tom Leppert, who has announced he will leave office to seek sainthood, is ditching out of here about six minutes ahead of the deluge. "

But. but. but, . . .

Jame Ragland says Mayor Leppert is a handsome man with minty fresh breath and should be our next US Senator, . . .

http://www.dallasnews.com/news...

Tom L (No, Not That L)
Tom L (No, Not That L)

Oh PLEASE run for senate, Tom, PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE. I am *dying* to hear you explain to all your Republican buddies how, as mayor, you never met a useless mega-million dollar spending program you didn't like.

Heywood U Buzzoff
Heywood U Buzzoff

Jimbo -- think of all the things you can say as mayor, such as:"Dewayne -- are your pants riding a little low this morning?""Hi! I am the mayor. And I am here for my free burritos!""Why yes Beyonce, free breast exams are part of of my duties as mayor. Be careful of the guy in Fort wort as he goes a little further south and west of me, if you get my drift.""Wet or dry does not matter.You now get medical marijuana for allergies. Achoo, baby!" "They are not pot holes-- they are pre-excavation site for shale drillers.""Instead of a tol lroad inside a levy -- I am going to build a levy inside the Dallas Tollway."

Daniel
Daniel

Power corrupts, but figurehead power corrupts your head -- go figure.

Bobthekb
Bobthekb

Maybe if things do get worse we can get to vote for a strong mayor again and maybe this time Dallas will get it right.

Anonymous
Anonymous

The next mayor won't be sunk directly by Leppert's Liabilities. Any decent politician can blame that on the last officeholder for at least long enough to get a few things done. The real reason the business community is staying out is that there is no money to hand out. And cuts will have to be so severe that even if you spend money to get your guy in office, the funding you depend on might still go away. Look at the 2008 and 2010 federal election cycles. Tons of problems inherited by newcomers that they will blame on the last guy. But the money will continue to flow, so it's worth it to put forward a candidate.

JimS
JimS

Anonymous: good points. You see Ragland this a.m.? Odd column. Headline says we should give Leppert credit, but column points all the messes he's leaving behind. I suspect Ragland wrote a good column and then some chickenshit city desk editor wrote a weasel headline. I used to get that at the Times-Herald. I asked the desk why they didn't just keep a little sig on hand that they could put over my column every once in a while that said, "Please do not read." I like where I am so much better.

Grumpy Demo
Grumpy Demo

Dang, I guess I should have actually read Ragland's column, just assumed the headline was an accurate reflection.

I mean really, when has a DMN columnist written anything worth reading? They are typically follow the Steve Blow "water's wet" inoffensive thumb sucker template.

Chris Danger
Chris Danger

Ragland and his cronies at Belo are a bunch of brown-nosers, they never report on the real news in this city anymore. I find it ironic (in a good way) that the DO has been pushing more up to date stories online via the blogs than the DMN, who apparently now appear to be playing a 2 day catch-up both online and bird cage liner versions..

JimS
JimS

Ed D.: O.K. You convinced ne. I'm back in.

El Rey
El Rey

Arlington and Fort Worth worked on street repairs and beautification projects prior to the Super Bowl while Dallas is building an ugly bridge and a convention center hotel - neither of which will be open for Super Bowl visitors. The memory of Dallas by the tens of thousands of visitors we will be getting is this: "They have some great eating joints but getting there will tear up your suspension. They can't even maintain the streets in Dallas, what a shame."

Borborygmus
Borborygmus

Hey, I just drove through Arlington, and street repairs? HAHAHAHAHAHAHA. Makes Dallas look smooth. 360 is a MESS as are most of the side streets south and east of the stadium. You can't tell me they'll be finished with all of this in weeks.

Mark_in_Dallas
Mark_in_Dallas

Preach! I'd not been back to campus in 7 years and couldn't believe how bad the streets are.

TimCov
TimCov

Those side streets east and south of the stadium have been in bad repair since at least 1989 (when I moved to Arlington to go to college).Since that is the area where poor people and minorities live, along with most of Arlington's unwanted non-touristst/non-retail jobsm it will never get fixed.

El Rey
El Rey

Sorry. I should have clarified. I know the 'Big A' doesn't give a crap about the lower income areas. I was referring to the I-30 project and all of the 'seasonal color' being planted around Collins and Ballpark Way.

Oak Cliff Townie
Oak Cliff Townie

"deferring maintenance of the city's basic infrastructure -- streets, sewers..."..

Isn't that part of the Mayors Oath ?

Ed D.
Ed D.

As mayor, you might just be able to make sure we have only one Calatravesty crossing the Trinity instead of the three (or more) being planned. Plus, if Sarah Palin has taught us anything, you can quit less than halfway through your term and your next book will sell by the truckload.

Borborygmus
Borborygmus

Waiting for my pleasure when Calatrava's vibrator is finished. Now we just need Calatrava's vagina, http://www.treehugger.com/file... to be thoroughly fucked.

Tom L (No, Not That L)
Tom L (No, Not That L)

Now I wish Leppert had gotten Calatrava to design the convention center hotel so it would look just like that. Then it would've been obvious to everyone just how much we got screwed.

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