Unethics Reform: Would the Author Please Stand Up? (We'll Bring the Tomatoes.)

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Oh, now the city council has decided it needs to revisit its vote weakening the ethics rules on donations to city council members.

Maybe they've decided to have themselves re-virginized.

We pointed out here a thing that seems to have slipped past most media eyes: The council voted two weeks ago to greatly expand the ability of lobbyists and developers to give them campaign contributions.

Since then, mayoral candidate Mike Rawlings has used the council's unethics vote to bludgeon sitting council member Ron Natinsky, also a candidate for mayor, calling him unethical because he voted for it. Doesn't seem like too wild a leap.

The Dallas Morning News, which obviously is going to endorse Rawlings, has become his co-bludgeoner. They published a strong editorial yesterday taking the council to task for the vote on unethics.

Yesterday at the end of the city council meeting, Mayor Dwaine Caraway announced that the council will hold a hearing on unethics next week, but he didn't say specifically which aspect of unethics they want to hear about.

Hey. I know what I want to hear. Just tell me one thing.

Who's the daddy? Or the mommy?

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OK, people, whose monster baby is this? C'mon now, we know one of you did it.
This thing was slipped through on the consent agenda, buried under 10 feet of legislative concrete. The consent agenda normally is a list of stuff that's supposed to be so small-time and non-controversial that it can all just be voted for in a bundle without any need to talk about it. That would not include unethics. In other words, somebody slipped it through.

Who?

Some council member or the mayor had to ask City Attorney Tom Perkins to write this sucker up and put it on the agenda. So far nobody will say who did it. (Trust me, we've been asking.) Just tell me that, and they can all be deemed virgins again as far as I'm concerned. What's it gonna last anyway, 20 minutes? If they do turn back into virgins, they better get a picture quick.

Somebody did this. Who? That's the whole story.

Guess who hated the unethics vote. The lobbyists. They saw this for exactly what it was: the damned city council coming at them banging their soup spoons on their Salvation Army buckets. This is nothing but a straight-up heist for them. The more people who can legally give money to the council members, the more people the council members will hit up.

The worst defense of this is from Natinsky, who keeps saying they actually strengthened the ethics rules, because they added candidates -- people running for office who aren't in office yet -- to the list of people who can't accept certain donations.

Yeah, while they at it they should have added Martians. They're about as likely as non-incumbent candidates to get money from developers and contractors. You give money to people who can vote.

Just tell me who proposed this. Then let that person stand up and defend it. Who's the daddy? That's all we need to know.

Once they do that, I think we should be waiting in the wings with little white gowns for them to put on in honor of their re-virginification. Anybody know where we can get some made out of paper?

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Bettyculbreath
Bettyculbreath

I think they all did.When the election season opened,Council found they could not get certain contribution from certain people as in the past. When request where made,and answer ,"we can not give,because of new rule",they all realized what they had passed.I don't believe any of them knew what was approved,because they don't read or understand Perkins Law. They still trust what Perkins regardless to the issue.

Snookie Pie
Snookie Pie

My bets on Caraway. He is in need of Money. He wants to fix it for Natinsky. He supports Natinsky. He has the most to gain if Natinsky becomes Mayor.

So I bet he was the one who had this written. Of, course, Natinsky told him to do it.

Veritas
Veritas

Keep keepin' it real, Dallas.

Guest
Guest

Well all you got to do is follow the money. Check and see who gets contributions from folks who would have otherwise been prohibited prior to the change.

EthicsSmethics
EthicsSmethics

Natinsky is a joke when speaking about ethics.

He and his wife have spent numerous years worth of tax payer money flying back and forth on "city business" trips to China.

His wife is routinely seen going in and out of polls on election day asking about "results" before the poll is even closed.

His campaign election signs did not include the state required "right of a highway" disclaimer until the last election. Failure to include that is a misdemeanor charge.

And the coup de grace on ethics, is that the ethics committee of the city of Dallas is appointed by the very members of the Council whom ethics charges are brought against.

Who Ray
Who Ray

In the meantime, and in-between time..........."you all keep those donations rolling in"..........LOL, so ya' don't like the rules...........let's vote to change it..........we can always vote to change it again later, to suit someone else's purpose.........

geez
geez

hmmm...let's see....who doesn't get donations from lawyers doing bidness with the city? ahhhhh....NATINSKY.

hmmmm...let's see....who voted to change the rules so he could get money from those lawyers?ahhhh____COUNCIL PEOPLE WHO ENDORSED NATINSKY.

Connect the dots. From Natinsky's giving away the store to his own treasurer with the Dean Foods scandal to weakening our ethics code.....who would vote for this scumbag?

Montemalone
Montemalone

The resident sheep of District 12?

Bob
Bob

Many of the residents of district 12 are old timers / baby boomers. Gullible.

Montemalone
Montemalone

Probably how he got elected in the first place.

Downtown Resident
Downtown Resident

I think we can probably assume whoever initiated the change was probably light on "walking around money"

Mister_Mean
Mister_Mean

I don't have my glasses on!! Is that a baby photo Ron Natinsky or (damn my glasses) is it Tom Leppert as a baby? Sure looks ugly. Look at those teeth-just the thing for sucking mony out of doners pockets (along with their souls). Or perhaps it is the collective karma of the city council. Yes that's it it is the soul of city hall.

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