Kunkle: Free The Trinity Docs! And Other City Hall Ethics Proposals Unveiled This Morning.

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Patrick Michels
Mayoral hopeful David Kunkle, backed by his squadron of crime-fighting supporters.
Backed by a new group of law-enforcing backers calling themselves "Crime Fighters for Kunkle," former Dallas police chief and mayoral hopeful David Kunkle took a minute this morning to cast himself as a force for sunshine and justice at City Hall.

Introduced by David Dean, chairman of board of the National Crime Prevention Council, Kunkle began by reminding everyone of his record smiting scofflaws and cheats -- even ones within the police force. As mayor, he said, he'd bring the same commitment to openness and moral correctness to City Hall. "I tried to always walk in sunshine," Kunkle said.

Kunkle named three reasons behind the timing of his ethics plan, chief among them the Dallas City Council's laid-back, easygoing ethics policies up for discussion this afternoon.

Kunkle said it's time to put an end to campaign consultants going on to lobby their former clients at City Hall. As much as they may try to keep their roles distinct, he said, they've got special access. "It is very confusing which hat they are wearing, and I think that's something that needs to stop," Kunkle said. "It will be a dramatically different way of doing things at City Hall."

While the city looks into the propriety of the way Mike Rawlings's old business pals won the contract for the city's "Happy Trails" campaign, Kunkle said he'd be free to run City Hall independent of ties to old friends. "I'm also not entangled with the same types of business relationships he has," Kunkle said. "It is hard to tell people 'no' when those people are your friends and have given you money."

Kunkle's run a far less expensive campaign than Rawlings, and said there's already too much money allowed to flow in mayor's races. "I am new to this process of raising money, but I believe that for the mayor's race, $5,000 is too much money," Kunkle said. He suggested capping donations to mayoral candidates at $2,000, and contributions to council races at half that.

Last, he said the city's fight to keep those Trinity River project documents under wraps was also "one of the reasons I decided to do this today." Even if they're "embarrassing" or make things a little more difficult, Kunkle said openness is key if people are going to trust city leaders. "I'm a skeptical person by nature," he said. "I can't think of a single reason why those documents should not be released."

Other supporters who joined Kunkle this morning included former U.S. Attorneys Richard Roper and Paul Coggins, former Dallas City Attorney Medeleine Johnson and Former Schepps Dairy CEO Hymie Schepps.

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ts

Herein lies lots of sock puppetry.

John Holmes
John Holmes

 Dallas City Hall is dirtier than a Kennedale school teacher. We will be hamstrung in our attempts to better our city until we clean up our act. Kunkle is the right man, at the right time for Dallas. 

Oak Cliff Res
Oak Cliff Res

So by taking Kunkle at only his word to increase ethics, in turn we make up the $70 million budget shortfall??? Is that the reasoning I am hearing?

Lower Greenville Rat
Lower Greenville Rat

actually, i do not believe any of these Kunkle fanatics are spewing forth anything close to "reasoning".  They are simply a bunch of brainwashed drones who are following in line behind Kunkle's campaign (a/k/a Sarah Dodd).  They would dutifully march through fire pits if that is where she told them to walk. 

None of them are asking their candidate any of the hard questions.

None of them are digging under the piles of make-believe and phony promises.

They are so smitten with the fact that he was a Police Chief. 

 

Oak Cliff Res
Oak Cliff Res

Kunkle is at it again.  He seems to hop on every issue as the "Champion" of it, however, he never comes up with his own agenda or issues... 

"Kunkle said it's time to put an end to campaign consultants going on to lobby their former clients at City Hall."

Is it time to let the consultant Laura Miller go???  Is it time to finally stay married to your fifth wife???  Is it time to decided if you are a democrat or republican (even though you vote in more Dem primaries but you went to the Reps meeting day before yesterday asking for support?  Is it time to tell the truth about the crime statistics that you swept under the rug??? You claim you didn't know at the time but now do you remember now if you voted in favor or against the Gay Banned Constitution Ammendment???  It's great to see that you have a conceptual plan for city hall to "get back to the basics", but what does that really mean???  Is it time to tell us now, or are you still prepping that speech with Laura and Sarah???

I would like someone to honestly, without talking about the difference between Rawlings and Kunkle to actually tell me what do you all really expect from this guy to quote unquote get back to the basics when there isn't any money to fund our basic services?  What do you expect him to do then???

Matilda of Tuscany
Matilda of Tuscany

Annex the Park Cities!, who are probably funding the mayoral campaigns anyway.  That would be one heck of a smart way to fund our budget concerns and increase our tax base.

Jane Smith
Jane Smith

Jeeeeeezzzz..........tell us how you really feel.

Gangy
Gangy

Why all the personal nastiness, Oak Cliff Res?

Lower Greenville Rat
Lower Greenville Rat

Well, Gangy, tell me, is Kunkle willing to practice what he preaches?

If he were to become Mayor, I suspect Laura Miller (who has been guiding and molding his every campaign promise) would have perpetual and never-ending lobbying access to him. 

And, yes, I, too, would be wondering just how long his 5th marriage would last.  This guy is 60yrs old.  His wife is 36.  Pretty soon, he's going to have to drop the Vespa riding, sprayed on tan, pretend I'm 20yrs younger than I am game, and his wife may not like the wrinkled up, old geezer she's paired up with. 

Maybe it'll be her who'll walk out this time.   

Gangy
Gangy

 Kunkle served very ethically and openly as Chief of Police.  There were plenty of people just waiting to pounce on anything he did that was at all questionable.  He has proven himself as an honest and sincere public servant.  Why are you and others so hung up on his wife?

Go Go Girl
Go Go Girl

Personal nastiness?  Oak Cliff Res' response was well-thought out and excellent. 

He is trying to peel back some of the fabricated make-believe that Sarah Dodd's media campaign keeps putting over all of Kunkle's shortcomings.  

Gangy
Gangy

 Go Go Girl, I was referring to his remark, "Is it time to let the consultant Laura Miller go???  Is it time to finally stay married to your fifth wife??? "

JimS
JimS

Not spend what money we do have on additional Calatrava bridges? Would that be an OK start? 

Oak Cliff Res
Oak Cliff Res

And that may very well be true although I don't think Calatrava bridge comes from general fund.  If the city has a $1 billion declining budget and 60% goes to police/fire, and our dollars are getting smaller and smaller what benefit do we get of getting our city back to the basics, how will our city be turned around by not "saving money", but using those dollars (we don't use anyway bc they are bonds) to keep parks libraries and recs open in the summer.  It just doesnt make since.  And Jim I know you are a proponent of Kunkle and I like Rawlings but all personal problems of them both aside our city cannot afford 4 years of saving bond money to keep librairies recs, etc open at the expense of a decreasing budget.  We have already lost $100 million in 3 years, probaly $175 by the end of this fiscal year.  Sitting by "getting back to the basics" will not turn that around... If it will, I seriously need Kunkle for my one sole vote to prove it...

Jane Smith
Jane Smith

I understand the money concerns........but he talks of "walking in the sunshine", "openness, and "moral correctness" at City Hall. Those are high values that no leader has brought to the table in Dallas in a very, very long time. I'll bet the city staff cockroaches over at City Hall were scurrying aound looking for a place to hide, just hearing his words. GO KUNKLE! SHOW 'EM HOW TO DO IT! 

CrackerDaddy
CrackerDaddy

 Nice!  Draw that BIG, BRIGHT line in the sand and stay behind it.

Irony13
Irony13

 Does this mean wife number 5 won't be able to walk the halls of city hall if he's elected, soliciting business. I would love to hear that discussion when she's bringing  her PaPaw a hot cup for cocoa at bed time.

Payday
Payday

in her tight, short skirted, dresses, with the low-cut necklines, finished off with the high, high heels--creating the wiggle-walk.

Gangy
Gangy

Such childish and irrelevant remarks, Payday.  Do you call yourself Payday because you also are a beneficiary of Ace Cash Express?

Go Go Girl
Go Go Girl

David, glad to have you, er, I mean, Sarah, joining us in this little chat. 

Bob Allen
Bob Allen

Mari,I thought you and Sarah were friends. Shame on you and your minions for flooding this blog in recent days and trying to divert Team Kunkle's attention. It'll work on your other local yokel campaigns. It won't work with us.

Patty and Mark
Patty and Mark

Sir, I did not post above, so it is not I who you are calling "Mari".  But, I notice the Kunkle people do lambast posters who do not support Kunkle. When they cannot defend with substantive information, they always resort to childish name-calling.   

Mark Anthony
Mark Anthony

 With friends like this, who needs enemies??

Mari is just doing what the man (Rob Allyn) tells her. Never mind the fact that he, Matrice Kirk and a host of other notable people supporting Rawlings had big comfy chairs around the Ace Cash Express boardroom table too.

JimS
JimS

Now whenever I read somebody getting high and mighty about somebody else's private life, my first thought is that the accuser must have concieved a child with a domestic worker and then run away with a prostitute of counter-intuitive gender and then killed a dog. These days those seem to be the minimum requirements for high andf mighty.   

Brenda Marks
Brenda Marks

His suggestions for capping contribution amounts should be adopted immediately.  That a million dollars is now the "norm" for a mayoral race is obscene.  And the revolving door of consultants lobbying their clients stinks to no end.  As does the lack of sunshine at City Hall. All of those things, separate and combined, feed the beast of corruption, large and small, at city hall.  I think the wonky, plain-spoken, outside-the-political-machine Mr. Kunkle is a breath of fresh air.  Wes Wise should be smiling.

Sam_Merten
Sam_Merten

The cap should also be applied per household. Several folks skirt the rules by having their spouses and kids donate the max, even if the kids aren't young enough to vote.

Joanne R
Joanne R

hey, hey, hey....hold a minute there Sam...

You cannot deny me my rights.  What if my goofy husband drops $2 grand on some candidate one day....suddenly I am barred from supporting the candidate of MY choice?.

Not while I have breath in me.  You are assuming that all marriages have joint accounts or joint financial decisions.

...and, we all know what happens when you  "ass-u-me".

EastDallas4Life
EastDallas4Life

 If your husband drops $2,000 dollars on an election, I hope you get on his ass for not dropping that money on something worthwhile. There are many people that need money out there and none of them are politicians.

Mark Anthony
Mark Anthony

 Rawlings's family donated $5000 x 4 people - two parents and two adults - in the regular election round.

Expect that to happen again in the runoff fundraising.

For those who don't know, the fundraising meter is re-set to $0 in a runoff.

Jane Smith
Jane Smith

"I can't think of a single reason why those documents should not be released."

Neither can any of us...............it's shameful. 

Lolotehe
Lolotehe

 I can think of several million, but they all have dollar signs in front of them.

Fool's Parade
Fool's Parade

and, we will get them releasedThanks to all the residents fighting,thanks to Angela Huntthanks to Jim Schutzeandwe will do it without Kunkle.   Love how he wants to bask in the limelight of the cause. 

Jane Smith
Jane Smith

'Haven't heard anything from Rawlings on this, have you? At least, Kunkle is taking a stand on the unethical behavior going on at City Hall, and, furthermore, he is telling us what he will do about it if he becomes Mayor. 

Oak Cliff Res
Oak Cliff Res

That's because it's not the job of a candidate running for a office to try and opinionate on what the person that is already in the office should do.  Kunkle knows nothing... He was once asked about Leppert and the Love Field Contracts.  Kunkle's response "I don't have enough information to answer how I would have handled the situation but I know Leppert went about it the wrong way."  That doesn't even make since.  How do you have enough information to talk about Leppert, but you don't have enough information to tell how you would have approach the situation.  I'll tell you why.  Because Kunkle even as a Police Chief and as a City Manager, knows absolutely nothing about how to run a city, and his campaign strategy is to stay in the middle on hot issues even as simple as is he a Democrat or Republican and then why it's time to throw egg in peoples face he wants to be the first to line up like he is some hero or something...

WLC TEX
WLC TEX

Capping campaign expenses sounds good -- but try to get a website developed for under $2,000.  That doesn't leave much cash for media buys, yard signs, t-shirts http://davidkunkle.com/images/...

Guest
Guest

He means $2000 per donor.    

MattL1
MattL1

I don't disagree with anything he said.  My only hope is that he actually has the strength of character to follow through should he get the gig.  Plenty of well-intentioned people have been suckered into corruption by lobbyists and their ilk... 

Snookie Pie
Snookie Pie

Kunkle campaign is just being a Media whore.  They see a hot media item and run to it for free advertising.

Funny, how Kunkle's number one god, Laura Miller, was the staunchest opponent to our TrinityVote cause.  Even to the point she held the press conference to kick-off the opposition's campaign. 

Kunkle's pouring kool-aid.

Be careful what you drink. 

Mark Anthony
Mark Anthony

 Duh Snookie Pie

During the Trinity Vote, Kunkle could NOT comment on the issue. He was a CITY EMPLOYEE and was prohibited from getting involved in any election discussion except to vote.

The only city employees allowed to comment on political issues are the ELECTED OFFICIALS.

MattL1
MattL1

 I like Kool-Aid.  Oh yeah.

Seriously, what's he supposed to do, not address the issues of the day?  Isn't that what campaigning for office is about? 

Transparency at City Hall is an important issue to a lot of people.  Politics should include more than a contest to see who can round up the most rich friends.

DavidSmith
DavidSmith

Kunkle spoke at the Animal Coalition Debate a few months ago about his dogs, like the other candidates.

His two dogs are rescue siblings. Rawlings and Natinsky both admitted to having foo-foo dogs purchased from breeders.

When Kunkle was a chief in Arlington, the pound was next door. He admitted he had a weak spot and knew he had problems when he had five dogs in the house.

Your statement proves why Kunkle is best for the job - He was not a politician in training, looking to earn phony bonus points on issues prior to running. He was doing the right thing - ethics, transparency, pets - way before the other guys.

MattL1
MattL1

 He was busy running the police department?  I don't know.  Why don't you ask him?

Snookie Pie
Snookie Pie

Tell me where David Kunkle was when we were fighting for TrinityVote.  He lived right there smack dab in the middle of the whole action.  Just streets over from Angela Hunt.  A few streets in any direction were homes to almost all the strongest volunteers working day and night. 

I'll tell you where he was.  No where.  He had no interest.  Never got involved in any way.  Did not participate and frankly, I wouldn't be a bit surprised to see he did not even vote in the election. 

And, Sarah Dodd was BFF with Laura Miller.

Now, I'm supposed to believe he suddenly, 4yrs later, is passionate about problems associated with Trinity River project.  

hmmmmmmmm.  Could his deep concern have anything to do with the fact that he is in run-off and was 9 points down in Saturday's election.

Oh, and let's not forget his sudden passion for the plight of dogs/cats in need of homes. 

I've spent 15 yrs with one or the other pet volunteer group in the area.  No one's ever seen him involved in any organization or any cause of any type...pet causes--or otherwise.

But his media-specialist wife, is now promoting him as the end to beat all ends for fixing homeless pet situations.  Printing t-shirts claiming cats and dogs are for kunkle. 

Well, I'm here to tell you my dog's pretty smart and he ain't buying it and neither am I.

 

Guest
Guest

I like Kunkle's odds of staying true to his promises better that Rawlings.  If nothing else, Kunkle has demonstrated he is willing and can be effective at taking on waste and corruption in government. 

Snookie Pie
Snookie Pie

 You feel Kunkle has demostrated he is willing and can be effective at ....

Do you also feel Kunkle shows poor judgment by hiring Avi Adelman to run a lot of the pieces of his campaign?

Or, that Kunkle has demonstrated some character flaws associated with 5 marriages--the 5th wife being half his age.

Just wonder where you look and how hard you look when sizing up the candidates.

Wylie H.
Wylie H.

It looks like he's already done a pretty good job of drawing a bright line in the sand-- there's no turning back at this point.

I give him tons of respect for this--- he is basically taking a stick to the hornets' nest-- and he's going to have all sorts of powerful interests gunning for him now. 

It will be interesting to see how the Dallas Morning News reports this story (if they choose to report this, at all).

MattL1
MattL1

"...and he's going to have all sorts of powerful interests gunning for him now."

That's usually how you know you're doing something right.

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