Endorsements Aplenty For Ron Natinsky, Including Mayor Dwaine Caraway, Who Says There's No Time to Learn About Anyone Else

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Photos by Sam Merten
Mayor Dwaine Caraway asked mayoral candidate Ron Natinksy to put an endorsement sticker on his blazer this afternoon.
Mayor Dwaine Caraway and 11 current and former council members endorsed council member Ron Natinksy for mayor this afternoon at City Hall Plaza. Caraway urged voters, especially those in the southern sector, to choose Natinsky instead of David Kunkle or Mike Rawlings because the city is already headed in the right direction.

"We've got great things happening," he said. "We got people already working together that we already know. We don't have time to try to learn about anybody else new when we already have the right tools in the toolbox in councilman Ron Natinsky."

Caraway stressed that he had offered his support to Natinsky prior to becoming mayor following the resignation of Tom Leppert. He told Unfair Park after the press conference that neither he nor any of his people will be working for Natinsky's campaign, claiming he has his own re-election campaign to worry about -- even though he doesn't have a challenger at this time.

Council members Jerry Allen, Delia Jasso, Sheffie Kadane, Linda Koop and Dave Neumann were on hand, along with former council members Gary Griffith, Craig Holcomb and Ed Oakley. Former Mayor Mary Poss and ex-council members Lois Finkelman and Chris Luna were not in attendance but have also pledged their support to Natinsky. Once consultants and media were subtracted from the turnout, only about a half dozen folks were in the crowd.

Oakley repeatedly called Natinsky "the right man at the right time" and cited his reputation as "a serial entrepreneur."

"What's more important than anything right now is someone who understands the city," said Oakley, who lost to Leppert in the 2007 mayoral runoff election.

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Allen said Natinsky is a "true friend," "financial watchdog" and "fiscal conservative," and he touted Natinsky's ability to build international relationships. Allen said Natinsky has visited China more than 75 times.

Other speakers mentioned Natinsky's involvement with luring corporations to downtown, assisting in the recent purchase of the Statler Hilton hotel and convincing Walmart to invest in South Dallas. He was also praised for his passion for neighborhood issues.

Koop referred to him as "one of the smartest people that I've come to know" and said he's led the region on transportation issues as chair of the Regional Transportation Council.

Natinsky said he's focused on public safety and noted that Dallas ranks 56th in per capita crime rate. He briefly mentioned an upcoming announcement that Dean Foods is preparing to invest $85 million in the southern sector. (The item is scheduled to go before the Economic Development Committee on Monday: The city's offering $250,000 in grant money, and 10 years' worth of tax abatements, for the creation of 80 jobs at a new factory on 18 acres at 3333 Dan Morton Drive.)

And he called the mayoral gig "the most exciting job in America."

Why?

"You can actually work with people," he said. "You can get things done."

Caraway was the only one not wearing an endorsement sticker until he took the mic and asked Natinsky to place it on his blazer.

"This is who should have the gavel when it comes time to pass it in June," the mayor said.


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Ron Supporter
Ron Supporter

I support Ron Natinsky for mayor. I have seen his work firsthand before he was a Councilperson. I served on the Board of Adjustment with him for over three years. He was fair and always listened to every public comment before making a decision. I admire him for his ability to make tough decisions. We need someone with experience and a steady hand to lead Dallas. Ron is our best bet.

Jack E. Jett
Jack E. Jett

I have never really followed the local government and politics. Now I am becoming a huge fan of it. I have even read up on some recent history. It reads like a really bad sitcom full of bad comedians. And that is what I am to my very core, a bad comedian. I think I want to join this improv group. I feel I can add a level of absurdity to the mix.

Who Ray
Who Ray

Forget about Dwaine Carraway. The important question is whether or not Arthur and Archie will endorse Natinsky. Maybe it will show up on the tapes once they are released.

Cliff Dweller
Cliff Dweller

Jasso has clearly sold her soul to the Oak Cliff Chamber. Bob Stimson told her to put on a button and line up, and she did. Does she not even realize that Natinsky will run a distant third in her own district?

Mister_Mean
Mister_Mean

Councilman Ron Natinsky:In your email to me and on your web page you ask the question of “How can the city of Dallas move forward?” Over the past several weeks I have been reflecting on the city council (of which you are a leading member of various comities etc.) and the priorities that the city has embraced in the terms that you have posed.

Recounting the past several years I am reminded of how, in 2009, you came up with a tax on Atmos Energy’s pipe lines that run through Dallas to help restore some funding to the libraries (a short lived fix for a money grabbing city) during that years budget shortfall. This tax on Atmos was passed onto the citizens of Dallas as yet another fee (a stealth tax). There were increased fees in 2009 as well as 2010 (on top of a tax rate increase which for many was an additional burden as many saw their property values increased with the good graces of the Dallas County Appraisal District). Dallas has more fees and property taxes and yet still can’t live within its tax base despite this. Many of the imposed fees are difficult to enforce, are ineffective, and pose a burden on those citizens who elected you. 2010-$2.75 Billion dollars and the city still can not (or will not) live within it’s means! And this year-the same old song: “we can’t live within our means, we have to cut the libraries, parks etc. and raise more taxes and fees”

In 2008 when the real estate bubble burst the city leaders should have anticipated (as cities throughout the United States were experiencing economic hard times) the impact on the tax base (and prioritizing the city’s wants and needs) all we heard from the city was “it’s not happening here-look at all the construction cranes we can see from our city hall windows!” Instead of battening down the hatches of the ship of Dallas all we got was “full speed ahead” (much like the late Captain Smith of the Titanic). The attitude and views were irresponsible, foolish, and lack the insight and leadership that the citizens of Dallas expected from you.

Indeed the whole philosophy of funding the city upon the backs of visitors and catering to attracting visitors to Dallas as the prime justification for projects and policies to cover the city’s lack of spending control is fatally flawed, unsustainable, and a burden on it’s citizens who elected you to lead them. The idea here Ron is to control spending by the city not to root around everybody’s pocket looking for money to feed your spending addiction.

And what does the city spend this money on. Pet project of the elite. Libraries, community centers, road repairs, etc are CONSTANTLY put at the back of the budget bus in favor of toll roads in the Trinity River (despite a growing body of evidence that it truly is a bad idea and a waste of monies), suspension bridges over a dry river that only has water in it when it floods (and despite the problem with this project the city is focused on committing a 2nd and 3rd bridges), a tax payer owned hotel (when established businesses would not build it with private funds- a project that competes with every suburb’s venues including the Gaylord complex in Grapevine-in an environment that is already rich in luxury hotels), and the Victory Complex that is floundering due to the high end market that it caters to). The list goes on and on of miss spent priorities and projects that you and members of the city council have championed.

One can only look over the years how the city constantly is trying to “find itself” to come to it’s “true identity” (usually with the aid of high fee consultants at the tax payers expense). The city leaders, unlike other cities like Fort Worth, could not find themselves or the city’s identity from a hole in the ground with post it notes to show you the way.

Indeed I am reminded about the article that appeared in the Dallas Observer a couple of years back of your expenders, with funds provided by the city to each of the city council members for their personal use, of pizza cutters and miniature models of the blue recycling bins that had the city logo on it with YOUR NAME on them.

And now many businesses will be treated to potential flood problems and insurance costs due to the poor levies what the city should have focused upon (as opposed to fluff elite projects) to begin with. But the city still fails to focus on the big picture of floods and the levees focusing still on suspension bridges and toll roads. There are questions brewing about the city’s pension funds too and the sustainability of them too.

When the city is not squandering the hard earned tax dollars of it’s citizens it is busy trying to drive established businesses out of business (The Overhead Door Company in east Dallas, Woodward Body Shop on Ross Ave, the established scrap metal businesses in south Dallas and along the Trinity river, and independent taxi cabs to name a few). And while not a business your personal harassment of the Age of Steam Railway Museum in Fair Park and the departure to Frisco is yet another example of how the city is helping to kill off Fair Park.

In short every step of the way, when the city leaders should have been focusing on basic services and projects and living with in it’s means, the city council has focused on pet fluff projects burying the city’s residences in debt to feed the council’s and mayor’s ego. And you want to be rewarded for this as our new mayor?!?!

Ron-we the citizens of Dallas can’t afford you as either mayor or in your present position as council person. If you truly wanted to do what was right for Dallas you would not run for either mayor or for re-election to your present council position; but, drop out and give the monies that you have culled for your race to the coffers of the city to help pay for the mess that you have helped create. Sadly you are a big part of the problem.

IQ
IQ

"The city is heading in the right direction"????????

A vote for Natinsky is a vote for the Leppert "minnie me". It's time for a change! Think about the people who DID NOT ATTEND this "rally".

Anna
Anna

Oh my gosh...the guy who gave the key to a felon on behalf of the citizens of Dallas....with Natinsky.....Kunkle has my vote!

Natinsky Constituent
Natinsky Constituent

He's been to China 75 times? Guess that's why he never returns my calls when I report code violations to his office.

Oak Cliff Res
Oak Cliff Res

I'm confused... so Natinsky goes against Dwayne for open bids at Love Field, and goes against Dwayne for raising property taxes. Then last week tried to back door him to become the interim Mayor, and Dwayne still endorses this guy. I guess he thought it was okay because he won 2 out of 3. What a effing joke both of them are, and shame Jasso for following in his footsteps. FYI... Unfair Park reported over 150 people attended Mike Rawlings Press Conference compared to half dozen here. (Note to readers - the 150 attendees were not made up of the splitt vote Democrats from Kunkle and Rawlings, most were Natinsky's so called "Republican Base") - True sign of the voter turnout. And please don't respond back with a press conference turnout doesn't reveal the voter turnout, because with the "so called" best political consultant Carol Reed - they can get black folk to come to a KKK rally, so with no one showing up here is a true sign that Natinsky has weak support.

Tad Banyon
Tad Banyon

"We don't have time to try to learn about anybody else..."

Big red flag. All the more reason to start learning about everyone else.

ll
ll

I worked CLOSELY with him. The man has no soul and no loyalty. Bad move for all those current council people to endorse anyone in the Mayor's race -- they are going to have to work with the winner who probably won't be Natinsky.

Hasanmary
Hasanmary

All I can say is stupid is as stupid does.

Puhleeze
Puhleeze

Waah waah waah. Angela did not run for mayor. We want Angela. Waah waah waah. No one else lectures - I mean - speaks to me like Angela. Everyone hates me but Angela. Waah waah waah. What do you mean 'What has she done?' She is awesome. She wears red. She has opinions. What do you mean 'What has she actually done?'

geez
geez

Did Oakley just steal Kunkle's slogan on his website? LOL go to www.davidkunkle.com and see 'the right leader at the right time' on top of the page.

Bob
Bob

Allen said Natinsky is a "true friend," "financial watchdog" and "fiscal conservative,"Ah! That explains his support of tax-payer subsidized hotel and Trinity River fiascos

Natinsky said he's focused on public safety and noted that Dallas ranks 56th in per capita crime rate. Remind me. Who was the police chief during the crime reduction? Kunkle-something?"

Natinsky briefly mentioned an upcoming announcement that Dean Foods is preparing to invest $85 million in the southern sector.Is he taking credit for this?

"You can get things done."If you have the right "consultants" to distribute walk-around money

Patrick B.
Patrick B.

"We got people already working together that we already know. We don't have time to try to learn about anybody else new when we already have the right tools in the toolbox in councilman Ron Natinsky."

In other words: vote for Ron Natinsky if you trust Deeewayne Caraway. Or Clay Davis. Sheeeeeit!

Jack E. Jett
Jack E. Jett

For some reason this reminds me of an old Betty Davis Joan Crawford film.

They just look and act like a bunch of old tired bitches.

I now know there is no way in hell I would vote for Natinsky

Proggy
Proggy

Ron Natinsky - Yeah You! You know down deep, really deep, that you dont have a snow ball chance in hell!!!!

Yes, you know!

elbueno
elbueno

so two women (1 latina), 1 token black, and a bunch of gray hairs...

Snotme
Snotme

Sad indeed. Watching these people line up to kiss Natinsky's behind is as sad as the spectacle they made upon Leppert's departure.

There is plenty of time to learn about candidates for office. That is why the election is in May. It would serve everyone in Dallas to learn about Natinsky and his antics on the Council, as well as his meddling Republican antics in his spare time.

cp
cp

How sad.... the two most unfabulous-looking people in that picture are also the....

BBO
BBO

You are dead on Mr Mean!

The big "Nat" needs to go, period.

His skeletons will be coming out real soon and he will only embarrass himself this political season.

Who Ray
Who Ray

Well said, Mr. Mean!

IQ
IQ

Whoa..........that's alot of frequent flier miles.........

Hasanmary
Hasanmary

Kunkle didn't reduce crime, he changed the reporting method. Crime is down on paper. Wonder what Dwaine got for his endorsement. You can bet it didn't come free.

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