National Review: Tom Leppert's "Mayoral Past May Hurt Him Still" During Senate Run

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Rand Paul and Tom Leppert in February
Since he quit being nonpartisan mayor to run as a Republican candidate for U.S. Senate, Tom Leppert has certainly made his politics very clear: He's for drilling in the Arctic Wildlife National Refuge and a balanced-budget amendment, and against National Public Radio and gay marriage and cap-and-trade. Brian Bolduc, a William F. Buckley fellow at the National Review Institute, wanted more details; hence this lengthy chitchat with the former mayor posted this morning, in which Leppert proves he's more fiscal than foreign policy.

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."

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Guest

Leppert would bring an executive, business-minded approach to lawmaking.

The same business-minded approach to lawmaking that he brought to his job as a director of Washington Mutual overseeing those guys who were just sued for $900 million by the U.S. government for their allegedly fraudulent activities?

Tom L (No, Not That L)
Tom L (No, Not That L)

I sure as hell hope "Tom Leppert's 'Mayoral Past May Hurt Him Still'"! It's funny that despite all his hard right stances he has suddenly developed that he *still* calls the Trinity River crap "a good project".

I really hope the Trinity River stuff comes up in a statewide campaign. I'm curious on how it will sound to the rest of the state. That would be a great debate point. "This question goes to Tom Leppert. Why do you think it's a great idea to build a highway in a floodplain? On a loose sandy foundation. And where it floods on a regular basis."

Montemalone
Montemalone

These bozos like nothing better than to exert Washington's influence on us commoners.The repubs want to take from 95% and give to 5%, and the dems vice versa. I prefer the dem approach, for now...

Phelps
Phelps

If by "his mayoral past" they mean Selected-by-Leppert Caraway, then yeah, it hurts him in Dallas in particular.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Remember when George W Bush was going to bring his "MBA" to the Presidency? Yea, I'm still laughing about that one too.Leppert would have done well to take his own advice when he was Dallas mayor. His socialist Hotel might have been scrapped.

Jay
Jay

Personally, I don't trust either party. What politician doesn't look down their nose at us commoners? They all lie with impunity, they put their personal and party interests ahead of the public's interest, and they are seemingly driven only by their never ending quest for more power. I realize I just accurately described Leppert, Perry and Boehner, but you can easily substitute JWPrice, Pelosi and Reid. We deserve better......

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