National Review: Tom Leppert's "Mayoral Past May Hurt Him Still" During Senate Run
|Rand Paul and Tom Leppert in February|
Still, Bolduc sounds like some Friends of Unfair Park when he wonders whether a few of Dallas's higher-profile projects might not serve as Not Mayor Tom's ultimate undoing:
His mayoral past may hurt him still. In particular, Leppert supported the construction of a city-owned hotel and solicited federal funds for the Trinity River Project, a panoply of public works. Now, however, Leppert opposes funding the project -- through earmarks at least. "Earmarks are not a good way to do the budgeting. Trinity River is an important project; it's a good project. I'm happy to have a project like that be measured on its own merits, and on its own merits it will do fine." It sounds as if he would be happy getting funding through the regular appropriations process.
Nonetheless, Leppert would bring an executive, business-minded approach to lawmaking. He sums up his planned method thus: "When you look at an idea, does it reduce the influence of Washington on the average family? If it doesn't, we can't afford it."