The Word on John Wiley Price: Judas

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Southern Dallas, especially the ministerial leadership, seems to be pretty locked up behind mayoral candidate Mike Rawlings. In explaining that to myself, I do allow for Rawlings's charismatic personality and his track record on community issues. He's got things going for him. (Well, maybe not today.)

But there is also a whole back-story here people just don't get. I was on the radio earlier this week with longtime civil rights leader the Reverend Marion Barnett, pastor of Heavenly Joy Missionary Baptist Church, and I realized from some of the call-in comments that people do not understand the role of the John Wiley Price/Perot family connection in the Rawlings candidacy.

Worse, many people in southern Dallas don't understand who and what Price has become in their community.

One reason Rawlings is running for mayor is that he was recruited to do so by Price and by state Senator Royce West, who are adamantly opposed to the candidacy of city council member Ron Natinsky. I don't know why. And I am not telling you that their support defines Rawlings. I think Rawlings is bigger than that.

But southern Dallas does need to take a whole new look at Price and the mega-preachers he works with. A long hard look.

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I have written about Price since forever. Back in his radical days I was one of his greatest admirers, but the fact is that Price is now a handmaiden to the Perot family and its interests at the Alliance Airport inland port in Fort Worth.

As such, Price worked hard behind the scenes to gum up, slow down and generally sabotage the development of an inland port in southern Dallas, even though the Dallas project offers 63,000 new high-paying jobs -- the single biggest promise of economic development in the entire history of southern Dallas.

The Perot interests have been candid in describing the proposed shipping center as a direct competitor with Alliance, especially in the competition for government dollars. Price, closely tied to the Perots through his main political operative, Kathy Nealy, hit the Dallas inland port with everything he had.

He held up a key bridge project, demanded redundant time-consuming planning activities and accused the main developer of bad faith in minority hiring even though the developer's minority participation rate was more than 10 times that of Austin Bridge and Road, a locally owned and politically favored company for whom Price had no criticism whatever.

Price told me frankly that he didn't care about the promise of jobs. His official line, in both on-air radio statements and in letters at the time, was, "During slavery everybody had a job."

The kind of "economic development" Price pursues now, with the help of a lot of the southern Dallas mega-preachers, is economic development that goes straight into their own and their friends' pockets.

Don't let me mince words here. Price is a Judas. He is the betrayer of his own.

A week ago Shawn Williams, proprietor of a blog called Dallas South News, published an item about how he had been invited to go on a helicopter ride with Rawlings, Ross Perot Jr. and lobbyist-public works contractor Willis Johnson.

Williams reported that they toured all the good stuff in southern Dallas -- a mega-church and the UNT campus, for example. "Perot then headed south to get a look at the inland port in the Wilmer/Huchins area then back towards downtown," Williams wrote.

"As we traveled up Interstate 45 we began to see the scrapyards. Rawlings referred to the businesses as 'heavy dirty industry' that's not neighborhood friendly."

Yeah, and plus that, industry is associated with slavery, right?

As I said on the radio, I don't expect anybody in southern Dallas to take my word on this stuff. People need to start asking their own questions. I would only ask that they remember my word.

Judas.


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44 comments
Sayitaintso
Sayitaintso

I hope you are wrong about the Inland Port sabatoge, if JWP did help gum this up , I for one will be terribly disappointed.

FabFran
FabFran

You are so timely...in only two months FBI would search JWP's home and office as well as others he is associated with.  I also like your article from today and think we will start hearing names like Perot, Rawlings and many others in the weeks/months to come...

Joe L
Joe L

Well done.  This is exactly  right and it's time every one in Dallas County realize it. Price is a Judas who is screwing his people to steal for himself.

Catbird
Catbird

Welcome to New Detroit. 

roadsidecouch
roadsidecouch

Can you imagine the entertainment we suburbanites will have if the JWP machine takes over the city and the county? And the impending exodus of upper and middle class will mean higher housing prices and employment for the burbs.

Get Whitey
Get Whitey

JWP only truly cares about one thing,JWP. He is a sell out to thhe rich white fold and has been for a mighty long time.He talks a good game in South Dallas but does what he is told by the money from the white folk that need a mouth piece like JWP. Other than yell and accuse white people of being racist,what has he done for anybody in Dallas,save JWP in the past several years? He enjoyed those VIP passes at UT Southwestern where he valet parked for free his vintage car collection...

Peace2all
Peace2all

Wiley (coyote) Price Thug, racist, Judas and a Betrayer of his own, somes it up perfect for this idiot and what makes it even worse Jim, a so called preacher that backs this Judus is not doing Gods work he's probably prospering in some way, sad the way these people's think process work because of race... people they represent they could give a crap about! as for myself im sick and tired of these individuals that are in these high positions get away with stupidity and use race propaganda as thier cloke of self rightousness as their way out of situations they create themselves. The people of Dallas need to stop putting up with crap these and other city official that bring shame not only to the'' people "they reprensent but to the great city of Dallas.Mr Schultz great job exposing the truth and justice in our society.GODBLESS AMERICA,OUR TROOPS and ALLIES.

Bettyculbreath
Bettyculbreath

The only reason Price continues to be elected, is the fact,your paper does not get into the Southern sector,I go downtown Dallas to get mine,the few that are in Oak Cliff are gone in 10 minutes,DMN will not write about him,law enforcement will not investigate him.People have no idea, what John Price, is doing,its their fault, They don't know but, never the less,they don't know.Sad shame how, this Black man, has turned on his constituents and his friends,and directly hurts his friends and former supporters.

Hasanmary
Hasanmary

Jim, I hate to tell you but JWP, Senator West or the preachers had nothing to do with my vote. I know NATINSKY AND kUNKLE and I have seen them both behind the scene. If they were the only two running my vote would have been a write in for none of the above. Believe it or not some of us in the southern sector do make decisions on our own. I know you and people like you think we are all sheeps and I resent your implications.

Grumpy Demo
Grumpy Demo

"Don't let me mince words here. Price is a Judas."

JimS you're being soo unfair, . . .

to Judas, at least he felt remorse.

I don't think JWP has ever publicly expressed any remorse for any of his mistakes, wife beating, failure to pay child support, etc.

I moved to Dallas in 1981, can't recall anything JWP did during his "activist" days. He got John Bloom fired for making fun of Michale Jackson. For JWP it always been about lining his pocket first.

Would like to call out all the "thug" comments, JWP is just as abusive and unethical as most of the white Dallas leadership:

George "The Water-boarder" Bush

Dick "F Yourself Senator" Cheney

Pete "I love you Sanford" Sessions

Dick "Koch Brothers Sock Puppet" Armey

"Dollar" Bill Clements

Everyone one ofthese politicos is just a svulgar and abusive as JWP, it just that in North Dallas (especally at the Dallas Country Club, where W exercises) its OK when a white malw Repub does it, when its JWP its "thuggish".

Price is just following in the footsteps of most the Dallas' political leaders.

Wylie H.
Wylie H.

It's kind of interesting to note the similarities between Price and Eddie Bernice Johnson-- another basically non-prosecuted thug who started off good (from what I've read).

As Ann Zimmerman reported in this very paper 13 years ago, Eddie Bernice Johnson used her position as a state elected official to open up contracts at DFW Airport to minorities-- then basically just swiped them for herself. From there, it's pretty much all been down hill-- culminating in her threat to shut down Love Field (which would have thrown thousands of her constituents out of work) to help her friendly backers (led by American Airlines) at DFW Airport.

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

Judas was white (probably not, but don't get caught up in that part), you all are white...

Chris Danger
Chris Danger

JWP is nothing but a legal zoot suit wearing thug. He's weaseled his way into power by calming "whitey" has kept him down over the years, when the opposite is true as the brother himself has kept the chains of slavery on his own people. If you want to blame someone for So. Dallas's continuing issues of being a dumping ground, Blame JWP..

Montemalone
Montemalone

What did they call that guy on the plantation that was massa's favorite?

Herman Muenster
Herman Muenster

It seems the same power brokers behind Rawlings were also backing Clay Jenkins. Be very afraid. We all know how Howdy Doody turned out.

Oak Cliff Res
Oak Cliff Res

The add is true. Laura "Horror" Miller the dream killer is behind Kunkle. What's the problem with the truth. I guess you are so used to hearing the lies that Jim serves you on a platter that you are ingnorant to the truth

FabFran
FabFran

"Worse, many people in southern Dallas don't understand who and what Price has become in their community" - that is exactly what I said several weeks ago. He and Eddie Bernice Johnson have done nothing but continue to line their pockets on the backs of those they are supposed to represent.

RandyE
RandyE

Some place I can find advance notice of when you're doing other media?

Jay
Jay

Was John Wylie Price even born in Texas? Has anyone ever, you know, actually seen his birth certificate. Just saying....

Heywood U. Buzzoff
Heywood U. Buzzoff

White people -- all going to Hell, in a solar powered water taxi!

JimS -- They are going to confiscate your Liberal card if you keep stating the obvious. If you don't spout the Belo-flavored party line, how will me make the Park Cities better!!

Hal K
Hal K

Have you seen the movie, "The Departed"? Jack Nicholson plays a gangster who is untouchable by his peers because of his fearsome reputation and untouchable by the because he is secretly in cahoots with the FBI. He rats out (or would rat out) his own people and business associates to save his skin.

SeeingIsBelieving
SeeingIsBelieving

If you have seen them [Natinsky and Kunkle] behind the scenes, then you are not the typical citizen in any sector of Dallas. JS wasn't implying that the people in the Southern Sector don't make their own decisions, but that when they are voting, they must be exercising some sort of relief for their cognitive dissonance. JWP bald faced attempts to derail the Inland Port project that would bring paying jobs ... jobs ABOVE minimum wage, to the southern sector , all because the developer wouldn't line the pockets of his cronies is outrageous. And that isn't behind the scenes stuff ... that is done out in the full light of day!

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin

Ill take you are going to hell for $1000 alex

Bob
Bob

Chris,

You're wrong, wrong, wrong about JWP. He's a smart guy, he's nobody's fool, nor is he any of the slurs you used. Carefully consider the people who he influences or who need him for their own interests.

John is outspoken and controversial, but he has become very careful in recent years. He has not been netted in the ongoing FBI investigation of Dallas politics, nor has he been caught in any other scandals.

There seem to be two sides to John as JimS or anybody else who knows him will tell you. His TV persona is bombastic and 'street. Our man downtown knows which of his constituencies buttons should be pushed. In private, that is not the real JWP.

That said, JimS is right. He is a Judas, and he is part of the problem in South Dallas, not the solution. But it is important to understand who he is and what his role is in our Dallas political machine.

Chris Danger
Chris Danger

I believe they called them the "house (fill in the blank)"...

Chris Danger
Chris Danger

OC, im also guessing people in your neighborhood think Leprechauns live in trees and Cheaters is a real TV show as well..In other words, your neighbors are dolts..;)

james
james

that's what all politicians do.

md
md

That role was based on "Whitey" Bulger, who was arrested June 22 by the FBI. Now they're going after Price. Hope they have the goods on him.

Downtown Resident
Downtown Resident

Actually, I think JimS was implying people in the Southern sector don't make their own decisions, they blindly vote for whoever their "bishop"/deacon/pastor tells them to.

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

My handbasket has been waiting by the curb for years.

Wylie H.
Wylie H.

I agree that JWP has mastered the "art" which white Dallas County politicians tend to be better at. You don't take bags of cash behind a church, you don't say "give my affiliated consulting company/advertising firm/law firm/etc. $25,000 and you've got your zoning variance." It has to be much more subtle-- at the same time, you build your "brand" by being reliable. It has to get to be known that if you give politician X's affiliate/friend/relative/whatever X amount of cash, you've got yourself a deal. But the politician can never directly ask for it (nor can it ever appear that the politician is getting something for nothing)--- that's what tends to trip some of the South Dallas crowd up from time to time.

So, with respect to Dallas County, the City of Dallas and DFW Airport, whenever you have a contract not well-suited to a straight competitive bid process (i.e. legal services, bond underwriters, engineering consultants, architects, public relations, advertising, etc.), you will find a lot of "interesting" contract recipients with strong ties directly to politicians in elected office. They get over-priced contracts, and the quid pro quo is they have to turn around and "reinvest" some of the proceeds in all sorts of favors as directed by the sponsoring politician. A variation on this scheme is that legitimate service providers get arm-twisted by these same corrupt politicians to hire subs that basically do no work, or to bring in designated parties as "partners" even though they contribute little to no money and aren't expected to do any work (this appears to be the racket that Eddie Bernice Johnson runs with airport concessions-- but there are many others in her same position at DFW).

Chris Danger
Chris Danger

By seeing your comment "our man downtown", Im taking a stab you're living in his district ;). No offense, but the mans no better than a 2 bit thug hustler IMHO, look at his record of behavior over the past 30 years as an example.

Let me ask bob, and please be honest: Why is it that every time a crooked brother or sister gets called out by someone outside the neighborhood, why does the community circle the wagons?

I'll be honest, id rather see less JWPs, Don Hills and EBJs in dallas city government and more young folks with actual drive and real ideas for serious change in this city.

Joe Tone
Joe Tone

We should start a Twitter feed called @ShitOurSchutzeSays, and announce his appearances there.

Jay
Jay

Oops. I forgot to hit the sarcasm key.

Bob
Bob

What's sad is that many citizens know how the political machine works, but we are doing nothing to end it.

Downtown Resident
Downtown Resident

@e9352ddd3a6636e592d25177d4aca66c:disqus You say "They circle the wagons because Southern Dallas has a code of forgiveness, especially for the men. It has a lot of complexities that date back long before you and I."

It's not a code of forgiveness, it's cognitive dissonance. South Dallas may know that the Park Cities folks don't care about their well being, but they can't bear the thought that their own people, that they trusted and elected, don't care about them either.

Bob
Bob

Actually, I don't live in his district. "Our Man Downtown" is the slogan on his web site. I'm poo-poo-ing the thug moniker because it doesn't give the guy enough credit for his manipulation of the political machine. The machine is complex and he plays all sides exceptionally well.

They circle the wagons because Southern Dallas has a code of forgiveness, especially for the men. It has a lot of complexities that date back long before you and I.

Chris, I agree that I'd like to see fewer JWP, Don Hills, etc. But a different age bracket will not solve the fundamental corruption issues. We need to repeal 14-1 AND we have to minimize the influence of construction and real estate interests. Almost every scandal and scam in Dallas Politics is related to those industries.

Wylie H.
Wylie H.

The problem is that most of the money that fuels South Dallas elections comes from North Dallas and the Park Cities. "Young folks with actual drive and real ideas for serious change" don't make reliable "order takers" who will sell their votes as politicians and facilitate marshaling large numbers of uneducated constituents to vote for all sorts of random things that have absolutely nothing to do with what's best for them.

Guest
Guest

Schutze still hasn't figured out how to use the reply button here on UP so we probably shouldn't force Twitter on him just yet.

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