Mayoral Circus 2011: Not the Greatest Show on Earth, but Pretty Fun Anyway

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I gotta say: The coming mayoral election season already smells like a holiday for mediatoids. Things are rockin' and rollin' early.

Looks to me like the money just tilted way away from North Dallas city council member Ron Natinsky, who thought he had the money.

Meanwhile the campaign of former police chief David Kunkle is emerging as kind of a liberal grassroots/conservative Republican no-money amalgam.

And Natinsky's campaign? Oh, man. I can't even tell you what I'm hearing there. My main problem is deciding whether I hope it's true or not.

Today I learned that the campaign of Michael S. Rawlings, former Dallas homeless czar and current park board president, is talking to southern Dallas consultants Kathy Nealy and Willis Johnson. No deal yet. But maybe.

Wow.

Nealy and Johnson are markers for the money. If they go to Rawlings, that means the big Citizens Council money is going to Rawlings. (Or maybe today's announcement, co-starring Roger Staubach and Arcilia Acosta, already tips that hand.) Nealy and Johnson also are proxies for Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley "All of You are White, Go to Hell" Price. Price is not a Citizens Council man, but he is the Citizens Council's man. The two entities usually walk the same path together, as they obviously are here.

That's a big deal. Clearly Natinsky thought he had the Citizens Council wrapped up. Looks like maybe he didn't. If he doesn't, then the stories I am hearing from solid sources must be true: I hear he's got weak polls. The old rich white men must think Rawlings is the better investment.

And Price? Plain doesn't like him. Probably saw his picture.

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With Avi on your side, what could possibly go wrong?
I tried to reach Natinsky for comment. No luck. I don't think he has a person yet for comment.

I did talk to Laura Reed of The Reeds PRC, the political PR company running the Natinsky campaign, and she confirmed that they do not have Nealy or Johnson. That's just huge. It means Reed and her mother, Carol, are going to be out in left field for the first time in their lives.

Interesting. I like watching somebody play left field who has never played that position before. You get to see if they've got legs. The Reeds might have. Well, do have, but let's not be sexist, shall we?

Avi Adelman, the East Dallas neighborhood activist, proprietor of the Barking Dogs website and general enfant terrible, confirmed for me he is working for Kunkle in a variety of capacities. "This is a grassroots campaign, and I'm as grassy as they get," he said, speaking from a loud place.

Sarah Dodd, the PR person who is also the chief's wife and who fields media calls, told me Avi has been hired "to do the web page" and is active in other volunteer roles. She said her role is "volunteer and wife."

C.P. Henry, a man usually associated with Republicans, confirmed he is Kunkle's campaign manager. Henry told me the campaign is getting calls from people all over town, Democrats and Republicans, who want to help the chief become mayor.

I picked up some hints in talking to the Kunkle campaign that they think they have a big story ahead about his support. I hope it's about Martians, but that's just me.

Oh, and my rumor about Natinsky is about who he is signing up as a consultant. Oh, man. Now that will be some news, if it's true. Some news. More on that later.

People are starting to wonder whom the current mayor, Tom Leppert, will endorse. He sure seemed to be backing Natinsky. But if Leppert runs for U.S. Senate, he won't want to make the old white men mad. Natinsky could get the old heave-ho-ski.

Forgive me if I sound a little giddy. I've been this way since I was a little boy. I just get all happy when the circus comes to town.

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Old White Trash
Old White Trash

JIm were you here when Al Lipscomb, private citizen, used to speak at every city council meeting? He would even insult Mayor Folsom's children! I thought it was kind of funny and never thought to tell him to go to hell...I don't think Folsom ever did so either.

JimS
JimS

The guy I liked best was the guy who wore the slave chains at city council meetings. A particular council member had earned his way into the headlines by getting arrested for drunk driving in a distant city. Whenever the slave chains guy rose to speak at the open mike, he would always ask first, in a very authoritative tone, if that council member was sober and paying attention. I thought, "Welcome to America."

Hasanmary
Hasanmary

I have been told by a sitting council member that I shouldn't speak at council meeting because they didn't like what I was saying. No one on the council spoke up on my behalf but Angela Hunt. The mayor never told this councilman that he was out of order but Angela did and if I had started screaming back at the councilman because he had the last word, Leppert would have had me removed. Dallas has a lot of problems when it comes to respect on both sides. I was only trying to find out if your point of view was that white people should not support Rawling simply because JWP is supporting him and if JWP would run the mayor simply because he supported him. I supported Leppert because I was mad at Oakley for letting Miller sway him to kill our SIP. Big, big mistake. People should look at the candidates and make the best decision for Dallas. I've seen the other side of 2 of the candidates and could never trust them.

Oak Cliff Townie
Oak Cliff Townie

JimSI am White I am Going to Hell.

Is there a VIP Section ?Do You want me to save you a Place ?

JimS
JimS

Oak Cliff Townie: if anybody ever says to me, "You are white," I have my retort ready. Prove it!

Hasanmary
Hasanmary

Jim, Your response goes to prove my point. By the way, you know that I am black and its okay for you to say, you're black, go to hell. I've heard worse from blacks, whites and Hispanics. By the way, judging from the bs happening in this city, I may already be in hell.

JimS
JimS

Mary, I meant no offense. I am just saying that now to everybody I meet instead of hello. But I guess I'll stop saying it to black people. Came a little too close this morning to getting my ass kicked by a mailman. I don't want to say, "You are black, go to hell," because it's too hateful. But I think, "You are white. Go to hell," is more O.K., because, you know, to hell with white people anyway if they can't take a joke.

Allan
Allan

ZC11 will have the best t-shirts

Hasanmary
Hasanmary

It appear to me that your article and comments are aimed at inflaming whites to vote against Rawlings by linking him to JWP. I know you sucked up to Miller when she stopped talking to you and after she started back, you kissed her ass. I guess that is why you are a Kunkle man. I have met Kunkle and Natinsky. If they were the only 2 running, my vote would be a write in for none of the above. I don't know Rawlings and had hope that Hunt would run. She would be someone I would be happy to vote for and work to help get elected. Since Rawling is supported by JWP, does that mean that John will control him? If that is true, then we can look forward to Kunkle being controlled my Miller and the Republican Henry. By the way, since you made it a point to say that Henry is usually associated with the Republican party, does that mean that the Republican party will control Kunkle? Just trying to get some clarity.

JimS
JimS

Mary: You are white. Got to hell.

JS
JS

@Jim S, you should be ashamed of yourself. :)

J. Erik Jonsson
J. Erik Jonsson

What is it with you media types and Avi? Kunkle was going to win East Dallas by a mile, but hiring Avi is maybe the one thing that could cost him votes there.

Karlp
Karlp

Disagree. During the last mayoral go round, Nealy worked with Max Wells during the first round and Oakley during the runoff. Neither were the citizens councils candidate.

JimS
JimS

Both JWP candidates, though. By the way, Karlp. You are white. Got to hell.

Karlp
Karlp

Jim, I'm also fat. So I'm a "fat boy" too

Willis usually works with Reeds. But I thought I read in the paper that Price didn't like Rawlings either.... must have seen that.$$$

Tad Banyon
Tad Banyon

I dont know if I could vote for Kunkle. All this Egypt stuff has made me keenly aware of how easy it would be for someone to control Dallas if he had control of the police force, and who is in a better position to control the police force than the ex-chief? Plus, I can't get excited about anyone named "Kunkle". It just sounds funny. Kunkle. Uncle Kunkle. What if he became known nationwide as Spunky Uncle Kunkle? Dallas would be a laughingstock.

Thelisma Partridge
Thelisma Partridge

"Dallas would be a laughingstock."

Dude, we already are. And we're all going to hell.

JimS
JimS

Sorry. Meant to say, "Old Rich White Men." Also, to be more fairer, I should have emphasized more that Rawlings is the John Wiley Price candidate as well. So he's got diversity: old rich white men and black demagogue vote-stealers -- the combo that brought us the Calatrava bridges and weak levees.

Randy King
Randy King

Good stuff, but one nit. Probably time to can "old white men" . I get it, but it's kinda old white liberal white bourgeois schtick. Yeah they're rich and white and some of those guys are old, but look at their actual active membership.

Chris Danger
Chris Danger

...as long as avi keeps videos and pics of people tinkling on his lawn off the chiefs site, it'll be all good ;)

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