Dwaine Caraway Says He's Quite Ready to Take Over as Mayor If Tom Leppert Resigns

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Tom Leppert, Ron Natinsky and Dwaine Caraway
The probability that Mayor Tom Leppert finishes his term before launching a U.S. Senate campaign is about the same as Jerry Jones relinquishing his role as general manager. In other words, it ain't happening. Clearly, Leppert wanted to remain mayor during the Super Bowl -- a decision he may be regretting right about now -- but starting Monday, there's really no reason for him to stick around.

As we discussed back in December 2008, Leppert's departure opens the door for Mayor Pro Tem Dwaine Caraway to take over the gig until the winner of the May 14 election (or most likely the June 18 runoff) is inaugurated on June 27.

Caraway tells us that he and Leppert haven't discussed the mayor's plans, but if Leppert does bolt early, Caraway says he's "prepared to move forward." (He's already talking like the mayor.)

"Should that time come, of course, we're ready," he says.

Caraway has already removed himself from the race to replace Leppert, with council member Ron Natinsky and former Dallas Police Chief David Kunkle as the only announced candidates thus far. Which leaves council member Angela Hunt and Park Board chair Mike Rawlings as the other two top would-bes, at least for the moment. (Rawlings supporters have said privately he wouldn't announce his decision till after the Super Bowl, while Hunt is playing her cards a little closer to the vest.)

We've also heard that Caraway's ready to support Natinsky, but he says not so fast. "It's important that that person, whoever he or she may be, has the same type of commitment in representing all citizens of Dallas to the best of his or her ability on behalf of everybody."

When we asked him whether he thought Dr. Frederick Haynes or another minority candidate would emerge, Caraway said race doesn't matter to him at all. He's just looking to back the best candidate.

"I'll eventually land my plane somewhere and make that publicly known, but I like Natinsky at this point," he says. "I think we just have to wait it out and see what happens. And whoever it is that I endorse, I'm gonna work like hell to make sure they get in there. You can believe me on that."

And what about that Archie and Arthur incident?

"I have no comment about that," he says.

Can't blame us for trying.

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Hasanmary
Hasanmary

Ron Natinsky as mayor is frightening, but it will never happen.

Bettyculbreath
Bettyculbreath

I wonder if the FBI reads blogs.I know its hard to trace cash money,but Nealy has a way to avoid .I trust Mr. Caraway if he becomes Mayor .I think if he becomes Mayor ,he will perform in a manner that is in the Best interest of City of Dallas.Most Officials have assumed different modes of behavior ,after becoming the Leader with total responsibility.

Betty Lou
Betty Lou

Yeah, Betty Culbreath is a long-time friend of Arthur & Archie...errr, I mean Dwaine Caraway. So, she's more than a tad biased. I'm sure we all have one or two jerks we call friends.

Wylie H.
Wylie H.

I think the FBI is spread so thin, they choose to be selective when it comes to addressing the worsening problems of public corruption in Dallas County.

With respect to Caraway, I find your comments interesting-- I don't think much of him; but you consistently show good judgment, so I'll try and keep an open mind.

Ratdog
Ratdog

I'd be more interested in know who Archie and Arthur are supporting for mayor.

Granny
Granny

We are SO screwed.

SayWhat?
SayWhat?

What Carraway is actually waiting for, is to see which Mayoral candidate will pay him the largest amount of $$$ for his endorsement. Natinsky hired Carol Reed, and Carol utilizes Kathy Nealy as her "bag lady"--carrying a bag of cash to bribe politicians, ministers and other persons of influence in black community.

Obviously, Carraway has already been promised something from Natinsky campaign, but he is trying to offer his endorsement to the highest bidder.

Doug
Doug

In other words, he's going to wait until he's darn sure he knows who's going to be the official choice of the rich white guys...then he'll support him.

NewsDog
NewsDog

You mean it could go frm bad to worse

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