Perennial Dallas Mayoral Candidate Edward Okpa Is Not Impressed EBJ's Running Again

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From what I can tell, Jessica Huseman and Shawn Williams were the sole media members to attend Eddie Bernice Johnson's campaign kick-off held yesterday at the beleaguered Southwest Center Mall. The event was also attended by three council members: Pauline Medrano, Vonciel Jones Hill and Tennell Atkins, who referred to EBJ as "the first lady of Dallas." Looks like someone's gunning for a scholarship.

Anyway. Just got a note from perennial Dallas mayoral candidate Edward Okpa, who thought that particular comment hilarious. He writes: "It is no surprise. Mr. Atkins will say anything just so he can be quoted." Which is hardly the point of his missive, in which he wonders why anyone would keep voting for Johnson given the fact that after 18 years representing District 30, "what stands as her strongest contribution to the dire socio-economic conditions that plague her district?" His whole letter follows.

It's not clear whether Okpa's endorsing Johnson's would-be rivals for the seat: Taj Clayton, who says he's "testing the waters," or state Rep. Barbara Mallory Caraway, wife of Dwaine, whose campaign website has a significant spelling error.
I am happy Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson [D], has launched her re-election bid for another term. But the question that needs some answer is what stands as her strongest contribution to the dire socio-economic conditions that plague her District?

Since majority of voters in her District, are African Americans [AA], one is often challenged to see what are the gains for all the overwhelming support Ms Johnson has enjoyed over the years. Ms Johnson was in office when Wilmer Hutchins ISD was shut down, I did not hear any positive contribution she made to revert that from happening.

Paul Quinn College the only DFW HBCU, is in her district, I wonder why she has not gathered financial support to keep the college from falling further into an embarrassment. Since Sunbelt National Bank, last bank owned by African-Americans in DFW was closed in the 80s, African-Americans in DFW, stand as the only minority group without a community bank. Access to capital in minority community remains at all time low. I would like Ms Johnson, to point to specific legislation she authored and or supported to help alleviate or improve this situation.

The AA community is absent of community bank, no reasonable grocery store, hardly any office building for small businesses or major employers in the area, yet she claims she has the ears of the President Obama.

President Obama has been in office almost 3 years, but Ms Johnson has been in Congress approaching 30 years. Does she think by telling her supporters she has the ears of the president, they will get impressed? Maybe, but I am not. Her using such line of having the President's ears is flimsy. She once boosted of having Clinton's and George Bush ears. So what is new? It's not news or enough to make such claims, when those that have over the years committed to supporting her are marginal in most measures of economic development opportunities compared to other congressional district. I guess her AA voters are sheepish and will go along to keep getting the same old results.

Political gains are not about who has the President's ears. But who can use such access to bring home the bacon and dividends that are expected. At one time, Ms Johnson was Chair of Congressional Black Caucus, I did not see anything she did serving in that position.

I would hope that DFW African-Americans go beyond the symbolism of having their own elected and seek and elect persons whose disposition should help them join the economic development race. DFW African-American community, has some of the most political capital in the region: Hon. Eddie Bernice Johnson, State Senator Royce West, Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price, President Obama's appointee - Ambassador Ron Kirk - US Trade Representative, and several council members. However, the Hispanics without such political capital are moving and shaking, getting economic development projects done, while AA are happy pointing to their own who are in office. Symbolism versus substance, you take a pick.

If there are no measurable gains that comes from political exercise and engagements, it is just show. AA cannot afford such as other ethnic groups are making progress while they celebrate personalities.

As for Councilman Atkins calling Ms Johnson, First Lady of Dallas, it is no surprise. Mr. Atkins will say anything just so he can be quoted. I am sure he has called Ms. Rawlings [Mayor Rawlings wife], First Lady. That being the case, why should anyone take him serious?

Ejike E Okpa II
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Shawn P Williams
Shawn P Williams

Dallas Weekly, North Dallas Gazette and Dallas Examiner were also there. I think everyone else only covers political scandal and as best I can tell there wasn't one scheduled for that day.  Plus I think there's a "no South of Loop 12" rule too.  Don't quote me on that even though I used quotations marks.

Robert Wilonsky
Robert Wilonsky

It could also be that some of us just didn't know about it till reading about the event elsewhere.

Shawn P Williams
Shawn P Williams

That sounds a bit too logical (um...still learning how to use Disqus)

Urbandweller203
Urbandweller203

This guy is correct regardless to his sentence structure. Nevertheless, analysing Southern Dallas is easy. Anyone can look at the history and highlight the flaws and the political stagnation of Southern Dallas. What you see in Southern Dallas is almost universal in every black community in the US. Dallas just happens to be the worst I've seen. Until voters become educated on how to vote for leadership, S. Dallas will continue to breed more inadequate leadership. This city does not work. It will take a different type of leadership style and forward thinkers to get this beautiful city to work again. Any city with a river in the center should have developed a riverfront a decade ago. Any metropolitan with four major cities should have been connected a decade ago. I could go on, but I'm tired of writing about it. This 50's throw back style of leadership in Dallas must change for positive change to happen. Look at Detroit, they chose a leader who is educated, wealthy, successful, and smart to help pull the city back together. The leadership there is attracting major fortune 500 companies  and they have a visionary group of young people moving there with fresh ideas, very similar to the Bishop Arts area. If North Oak Cliff gets it way, those folks will finally transform the southern sector of Dallas, if they don't annex first.

Diane Birdwell
Diane Birdwell

So, when I bring up race when blogging, I am racist, but when others bring up race SPECIFICALLY, in an election in the 21st century, that is okay? I live in H D 30. I am not black. I am not Hispanic. I happen to be white. Doesn't matter to me who is my rep, as long as they can do the JOB, and not the job for CERTAIN RACES. Health care, the VA benefits I am eligible for, housing values, job markets, education funding.... All of it may impact races differently, but ALL ARE IMPACTED. I am impacted. Period. End of story. Jesus, people, the more you talk about black this, and Hispanic that, it GETS WORSE in Dallas! Catch a clue and go for ABILITIES. The suburbs laugh, as does the  white North Dallas' oligarchy, when you see one black candidate try to out-black the other. And when you throw down on the other minority race, oh, hear you go.....

I have a better question: Content of character over color of one's skin. Man, who said that? Hmmmm....Dammit, I was a kid, but I can just make out his face......

James
James

You really work my nerves.  I keep hoping since you are a teacher that your post will get better but just like EBJ, you keep saying the same old thing.  We wonder why there are problems at DISD, just look in the mirror.

Diane Birdwell
Diane Birdwell

I do look in the mirror, James. I see a woman who gets up every day to teach in a district that is 93% minority, yet gets  many of those students into colleges on full scholarships, helps them get jobs, get into the military, goes to their weddings, funerals, their parents' homes to help whenever needed....

I see a woman who is surrounded by race-baiters in a city that is quick on the draw for corruption and slow as hell in getting real solutions.

I will keep saying the same thing every time someone plays the race card in this city. I am sick of THAT, and if you don't like it, then YOU work to change it. Otherwise, I will continue to get on your nerves. I do not apologize for that, but I am sorry that you are not sophisticated enough to catch on to the fact that I want this city to be better.

Dallas Diner
Dallas Diner

So, you think the fact that Diane Birdwell says that voters should focus of ability instead of race is racist, shows that she is a bad teacher and she is the reason DISD is in such horrible shape?  Wow, I don't even know where to start....

CrackerDaddy
CrackerDaddy

Have you ever observed Diane in the classroom? 

DISDain
DISDain

Agreed completely. Our kids are in real trouble with Teachers like Birdwell. 

Diane Birdwell
Diane Birdwell

DIANE, CrackerDaddy.....DIANE, not DAINE....   :-)

Diane Birdwell
Diane Birdwell

I sincerely invite any one of you to come see me teach. You don't even post under your real name, which is fine, but to assume you know what kind of teacher I am....You are truly clueless.

CrackerDaddy
CrackerDaddy

Have you ever observed Daine in the classroom?

Wade Emmert
Wade Emmert

It looks like Mr. Okpa, likes to put commas, randomly throughout his sentences, where they don't belong,.

214joey
214joey

while you're worrying about commas, you guys ran stephen broden. which is worse?

Wade Emmert
Wade Emmert

Well, you guys ran EBJ.  So there.

Bab W. Adetiba
Bab W. Adetiba

Yes. Let's discuss commas and not real issues.

Reminds me of the GOP Pres. debate...

Borborygmus
Borborygmus

IT’S RELATIVEI can't leave this alone, my intestines are roiledUnable to sleep and my appetite's spoiled.The only relief I can see is to let looseA gaseous stink bomb relating to abuse.

"Only a thousand", to someone, oh let's seeMaking minimum wage, 137 point 93Hours they must work (or four weeks of pay,I wonder if you can relate, making $174K?)

Or maybe you don't really give a shit a'tallAbout district folk, which really should not appall.Movin’ on up to a deluxe apartment in the skyOn the northside, you've finally got a piece of the pie.

Paul
Paul

Okpa is right, what exactly has EBJ accomplished?

I guess having someone's ears must be an African-American thing with regards to power or control.  Sort of like putting a nail through a cow tongue will silence your enemy.

Please, please, will somebody run against EBJ just so that I can have a choice.

Dallas Diner
Dallas Diner

"What has EBJ accomplished?"  Well, she's made herself very wealthy and put all of her grandchildren through college on someone else's dime.

MaxNoDifference
MaxNoDifference

Hopefully us people in the 30th district will get a decent choice of candidates in the next election cycle.  The choice last time between EBJ and Stephen Broden made me physically sick.

Paul
Paul

I don't know as repulsive as Stephen Broden was, he is starting to look attractive.

Omar Jimenez
Omar Jimenez

Well, in 2010 we had a choice- Someone who was giving money to her folks or a Glen Beck Follower who has a nice house in DeSoto. 2012- Well, now ethier 2 "Do Nothings" So whats better?

Paul
Paul

That was Stephen Broden and as bad a choice as EBJ has turned out to be, SB was even worse.

Before the election he advocated overthrowing the federal government by force.

Personally, it is my humble opinion, that he was either bought off so that EBJ would win or he truly is a whack-job.

Titus Groan
Titus Groan

Not the sharpest knife in the drawer - if he wants to influence this race, he probably should stick to trashing the incumbent and not insulting the "sheepish" voters who pick "symbolism over substance".

J. Erik Jonsson
J. Erik Jonsson

He's actually quite bright; he just hasn't fully mastered American English.  He really has some good ideas for Southern Dallas development.

Titus Groan
Titus Groan

His insults came across pretty clear to me.  His ideas don't matter if he's going to insult the voters.

Still Mad at Rawlings
Still Mad at Rawlings

Opka endorsed Rawlings faster than you can say, Hey, Rawlings paid Natinsky for an endorsement, Kunkle won't do something that low, so I will endorse Rawlings AND get paid!

Montemalone
Montemalone

Maybe Babs changed her last name to distance herself from Arthur and Archie?

Wylie H.
Wylie H.

I like Caraway's (a.k.a. "Carway") catchy slogan:  "It's time you be the difference"!

Awesome... so many great choices we have in the "Dirty Thirty."

Downtown_worker
Downtown_worker

Sucks when Mrs. CARway's own staff can't spell the boss' name correctly.

Paul
Paul

Hey! Simmer down, don't be racist, proper spelling and grammar is the tool of the white man to keep us down ... besides I heard of someone who named their daughter L-a ...

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