And Now, to the List of Dallas Mayoral Candidates, Add Mike Rawlings
I've got calls into Rawlings's office at CIC Partners, where he's a managing partner of the investment firm that has at one point had investments in, among other things and entirely in alphabetical order, payday lender Ace Cash Express, oil-and-gas driller Dale Gas Partners, Cowboys- and Yankees-owned Legends Hospitality Management concessionaires, Quizno's and Restoration Hardware.
Of course, Rawlings used to be the city's homeless czar till Mayor Tom Leppert put him in charge of the Park Board last July, insisting that "Mike knows how to drill down to determine the needs and the resources, how to raise funds and how to get things done." About a month later, Rawlings -- a former Pizza Hut president -- told the council that Park and Rec is "probably one of the biggest businesses in Dallas going, more than any restaurant chain."
This means, following Angela Hunt's announcement yesterday, it's Ron Natinsky v. David Kunkle v. Mike Rawlings. For now, at least.