Mayor Dwaine Caraway's "Calling a New Play"

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Photos by Sam Merten
Mayor Dwaine Caraway, his wife and council member Dave Neumann this morning at the City Hall Flag Room.
Just minutes before presiding over his first meeting as the city's newly minted mayor, Dwaine Caraway assured a group of around 150 folks gathered for a light breakfast in the Flag Room at City Hall that he'd continue the "positive direction of the city" during his four months in office.

"There's no need for folks to think that we're about to really flip the script and go tear up Main Street and put a river down there," he said while flanked by his wife, state Rep. Barbara Mallory Caraway; nine former city council members; and nine of his current council colleagues.

"That is a good idea, though," he said as everyone chuckled.

Caraway took a backhanded swipe at Tom Leppert, with whom Caraway disagreed on the Love Field Airport concessions contracts and wet-dry referendum, promising there would be a change beginning at this morning's council briefing.

"Not a change in the city from what we used to do, but we're calling a new play," he said. "The new play is working together. The new play is 44 to the left, and when we call that play, it means we're gonna score some touchdowns."

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Former and current council members showed up to support the new mayor.
Ron Natinsky's mayoral campaign treasurer and State Fair of Texas chair Pete Schenkel (referenced by Caraway as "Pete Shingles") began the event with a football analogy of his own, comparing Caraway's new role with the captain of a football team.

"Mayor Dwaine Caraway has got all of the ingredients to lead this city," he said. "He'll be a fine mayor. He'll be a great mayor. And he'll be a fine team captain for all of us in Dallas."

Former council members on hand to support Caraway included Lois Finkelman, Donna Halstead, Craig Holcomb, Al Lipscomb, Ed Oakley, Mary Poss, Diane Ragsdale, Bob Stimson and Alan Walne. Steve Salazar arrived late as nine of current council members lined up next to Caraway, with Vonciel Jones Hill, Ann Margolin and Pauline Medrano absent.

The crowd was an eclectic mix composed of community activists Marvin Crenshaw and Roy Williams, political consultants Carol Reed and Willis Johnson, Downtown Dallas CEO John Crawford, mayoral candidate Mike Rawlings, developer Jack Matthews, Trinity Trust Foundation CEO Gail Thomas, Dallas County District Clerk Gary Fitzsimmons and several city staffers.

Caraway stressed the event wasn't about him. It was about the city. He acknowledged Dallas is facing tough times and urged everyone in the room to work together.

"There will be critics, but that's OK," he said. "We'll let them spend their time criticizing while we are working together to move this city forward in a positive direction."

Caraway missed his opportunity to call his first meeting as mayor to order, as he was absent when Deputy Mayor Pro Tem Medrano did so at 9:02 a.m. He arrived shortly afterward.

Poss, who replaced former Mayor Ron Kirk when he resigned for a U.S. Senate run of his own, tells Unfair Park that her transition from mayor pro tem to mayor was "a blur."

"I was functioning as a council member, a mayor pro tem and as acting mayor," she says. "It was around-the-clock work for five months to make sure most things got done."

Stamina is Caraway's biggest challenge, Poss says, claiming she worked from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. every day of the week, even as mayor pro tem.

"The main thing you have to do is prioritize -- understand what the really important issues are to everybody and stay focused on those issues," she says. "This is not the time to start a whole bunch of new projects or try to tick off a number of new ideas. This is the time to finish the existing work on the table and help your colleagues in every way possible."

And since Caraway brings some baggage with him into office, we asked Poss what prompted her to attend this morning's event.

"All of us former council members are here today, and we're here in support of Dwaine, all of the council and making sure our city's moving forward," she says.

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Caraway chats with Trinity Trust Foundation CEO Gail Thomas shortly before this morning's event.
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Caraway presides over his first council meeting as mayor.


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16 comments
Jack E. Jett
Jack E. Jett

Everything about him makes me want to puke my freaking brains out.

Mayor Tom Palin is 100% responsible for this.

Chris Danger
Chris Danger

I found it interesting that d-waine's cheering section was a rogues gallery of corrupt so. Dallas politicos past and present that have been booted from office for various reasons. Heres hoping he keeps his head down and his mouth shut until we get a real mayor in office come may..

scottindallas
scottindallas

I don't have a great deal of esteem for our new mayor, but there's no way he can do more damage than Lep, he won't be given the rope.

cp
cp

Sooo tired of all the stupid football analogies.....

aeon flux
aeon flux

Huh? Dude didn't show up on time for his 1st council meeting?

Snookie Pie
Snookie Pie

I am so glad Liar Liar Leppert is gone.

Son of Texas
Son of Texas

Well Happy 175th Texas Independence Day to ya'll!

- Nice to see that Dallas had a big to do for Dwayne today. Other Cities in Texas happened to remember Texas today:

Houston - on the steps of city hall - checkSan Antonio - at the Alamo - checkAustin - at the Capitol - checkDallas - at the Hall of State - ????? nada , crickets

Dallas may want to be a World Class City - but it better remember that it is part of Texas First!

yeah, I said that
yeah, I said that

Look at that top picture of Dave Neumann putting 'the touch' on Caraway. Ewwwww... you can bet Dave has his nose up Caraway's butt it is so embarrassing. Then in the second pic he is standing right next to Caraway. That is probably the first time he has ever done that. What a tool. That's our Dave. Embarrassing.

Heywood U Buzzoff
Heywood U Buzzoff

So rather than tear up down town and put in a river, is our new mayor waiting for the next flood to overflow the levee and do that work for him??

John_McKee
John_McKee

As I look at those photos all I can think is "This can't be real, can it?". Then I read the text and quotes by Caraway and all I can think is "Oh god, we are so f**ked."

Phelps
Phelps

Jesus. He's like Mayor Spongebob.

Montemalone
Montemalone

A&E or Bravo really should have a crew following D-wayne 24/7. They could have enough footage for 12 seasons of mind-numbing reality teevee.

CrackerDaddy
CrackerDaddy

Like I've said before, get your popcorn ready.

Oakparkstudio
Oakparkstudio

Maybe Pete Shingles can introduce us to Arthur and Archie.

Oakparkstudio
Oakparkstudio

I just knew Dwaine would be able to get us through this "Rough Patch" without Mayor Laser Eyes

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