Dave Neumann Apparently Content to Let Scott Griggs Debate Himself in District 3 Race

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Dave Neumann and Scott Griggs last month at a forum in North Oak Cliff
Thanks to the Facebook page Where's Neumann, we learned this morning that council member Dave Neumann has been a no-show at several candidate forums held this month. The page's unknown author named recent forums sponsored by LULAC, the NAACP and both the West Kessler and Cedar Vista neighborhood associations, claiming Neumann backed out because of conflicts with his schedule, even though the events were scheduled weeks in advance.

Of particular note, today's post said Neumann on March 9 confirmed that he'd appear at last night's "Monday Night Politics" sponsored by the Dallas Chapter of the NAACP and The Dallas Examiner but "called at 3 p.m. to back out."

Not true, says Examiner publisher and CEO Mollie Finch Belt.

"He never confirmed," she says. "I have the email where he responded to our invitation, and he did not confirm."

Belt says Neumann told her soon after she extended the invitation that he had a previous church engagement, which he attended, although Belt thought Neumann might reconsider and stop by what she refers to as a candidate meet-and-greet for a few minutes.

"I was hoping maybe Dave would walk in," she says, but Neumann didn't make an appearance.

We attempted to reach Neumann earlier this afternoon through his City Hall office and were told he was in a meeting.

Scott Griggs, Neumann's District 3 opponent, claims Neumann didn't attend LULAC's March 5 forum at El Ranchito, the March 15 West Kessler neighborhood meeting and the March 17 Cedar Vista crime watch get-together, along with refusing to record a video interview with the Advocate.

"It's so vital to democracy that constituents get to see the candidates for office debate and make themselves available. This is true of an officeholder too. You need to make yourself available," Griggs tells Unfair Park. "And from going around the district and talking to everyone, everyone says my opponent doesn't make himself available and is non-responsive. That's the truth with him as an officeholder as well as a candidate."

Anna Casey, Griggs's campaign consultant, says her client grabbed momentum at last month's forum in North Oak Cliff -- the only time thus far the two candidates have squared off.

"Things he said about Oak Cliff and South Dallas have really resonated," she says, adding, "To ignore Scott is just not appropriate."

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AnnaVCasey
AnnaVCasey

II, nothing of the sort I have never even been questioned about any work I have ever done in a campaign by any legal authority. Please don't spread lies about my company without giving your real name. I want tell my lawyers who I need to sue for trying to damage me with lies.AVC

ll
ll

Most everything I have read about Gregg has been positive and encouraging.... a bit taken aback with his choice of campaign consultant.

Arod
Arod

II, for you to make comments about his campaign consultant, it must mean you know her personally. I for one think she's a smart gal. "Quit Hating"

ll
ll

no hating -- just know enough about her history and record on campaigns. I am pretty sure she has been taken to court a couple of times over it. But then he should have trouble getting all those mail in votes with her on board.

ll
ll

meant to say "he should have NO trouble"

cp
cp

Everybody knows who Anna Casey is. And yeah, I'm a bit taken aback too. But, whatever, she seems to be backing the right candidate and one thing's for sure- she'll fight for her client.

Snookie Pie
Snookie Pie

I'm thinking we have a new City Councilperson for District 3--Scott Griggs.

G_David
G_David

Everybody knows that "church engagements" are iron-clad and impossible to get out of, especially for something as trivial as trying to get re-elected.

yeahIsaidthat
yeahIsaidthat

I figure he's going to 'throw' the election 'cause he can make more money from the gas industry as a lobbyist. Also, he doesn't have to hug old ladies any more. He can hug the gas well.

Thelisma Partridge
Thelisma Partridge

Maybe ol' Dave has finally figured out it's time to stop digging....

NewsDog
NewsDog

If he doesn't go on record as saying anything nothing can come back on him later.

That my friends is Dallas politics. Oh, and buying a few votes.

yeahIsaidthat
yeahIsaidthat

and getting money from the gas industry too................

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