Staubach, Aikman and Other Cowboys Greats Throw Their Support Behind Tom Leppert

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Former Mayor Tom Leppert may well need a Hail Mary come the March 6 GOP primary -- if, that is, Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst can maintain his frontrunner status in the race for the U.S. Senate. So, then, who better to lock up for an endorsement than Captain America himself? Says Roger the Dodger: "I am proudly supporting Tom for Senate because he has the vision, knowledge, and business experience to get our country back on track." Bombs away.

Roger Staubach, though, is but one among seven Dallas Cowboys Leppert's lined up with their thumbs up: There's also Troy Aikman, Cliff Harris, Daryl Johnston, Bob Breunig, Chad Hennings and Lee Roy Jordan. Says Aikman: "As mayor of Dallas, Tom helped turn around the city by making tough decisions that weren't always popular. In the NFL we call that leadership, and it's exactly what we need in Washington." What say you, Mooooose? "Tom was an outstanding mayor of Dallas who made the city safer, rejuvenated the business sector, improved the school system, and fought for ethics reforms." Wait -- what?

Meanwhile, Craig James will also run for the Senate, looks like. Meanwhile, Quincy Carter has endorsed Mark Stepnoski for, like, anything, man.
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Hounddog
Hounddog

If Roger backed Jesus Christ, I'd have to vote for the devil!  Staubach is what is wrong with this country...huge ego, thinks he's smarter than most (he's not), and a micro-manager.  Rest in pieces nappy-headed white boy!

Lola_72
Lola_72

OOOOHHHH!  If Captain Comeback and Troy Aikman endorse Leppert than I guess he's our man (at least a better alternative to the Pony Express AKA Craig James). 

fred
fred

I didn't think Troy lived in Dallas. I heard he spends time in Oak Lawn, but..  Roger - can't really criticize the man, except I don't like that he didn't send his kids to our schools.

Ed D.
Ed D.

Troy Aikman would rather be endorsing Reliant Energy.

Kevin Kirby
Kevin Kirby

I'm seriously considering removing my 70's-vintage Staubach SI poster from my living room wall.

Oh, Roger, of all the people to support...

Bob
Bob

The striking thing about Leppert is that I'm unsure who he is, who he keeps company with and especially what he believes (I mean, besides Jesus). He's like the man from nowhere.

Grumpy Demo
Grumpy Demo

Yeah, politics and economics that one thing everyone knows that former Dallas Cowboy players are experts at, . . .

that and were to find the best hookers and weed. Ask Nate.

DuckDuckGoose
DuckDuckGoose

Last time I saw Staubach and Aikman on a magazine cover, they were indicated that Quincy Carter was the next Great Cowboy QB.   So much for their endorsement.

Bettyculbreath
Bettyculbreath

Poor ,good Fellows ,supporting this Leppert with many spots and they all change.

jfpo
jfpo

I can't believe there isn't a picture of Tom eating a corny dog floating around. I thought this was required of Republican candidates.

Lola_72
Lola_72

That will be this fall during the State Fair! 

Don Abbott
Don Abbott

Wow, despite all the good that Leppert bestowed, I really couldn't tell the difference.  But I'm not a real estate develper f/n/a an NFL QB.  For Christ sakes, it the same old song, 4,000th verse.  Big bidness running the show with the Cowboys doing chest bumps when some Citizens Council refugee wants into Washington.  Tom Leppert was a miserable mayor, but then, most of them are.

dexter clinkscale
dexter clinkscale

I promise you will be the first to know when I decide who to endorse.

Robert Wilonsky
Robert Wilonsky

Thanks. I've also got emails out to Gary Hogeboom, Roger Ruzek and Alonzo Highsmith, just to be safe.

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

Please find out who Quincy Carter endorses. It's important.

Chuck G.
Chuck G.

Since this took place at a concert hall, I think the guys all thought they were attending a Def Leppard concert and said what the hell we'll throw our 2 cents in on Leppert since we're all already here.

J. Erik Jonsson
J. Erik Jonsson

I guess the Rafael Septien endorsement's not highly sought after.

MushMouth1
MushMouth1

It wouldn't get as much exposure as Lance Rentzel's would.(That's for us really old farts)

Anon
Anon

So when celebrities endorse Democrats they are out of touch and people shouldn't listen to "Hollywood" but when they support Republicans it's good? Not trying to understand it, just making sure I've got it correct.

Kstein
Kstein

So when celebrities endorse Republicans they are out of touch and people shouldn't listen to them, but when they support Democrats it's good?

This is the more correct statement, seeing how the overwhelming majority of "Hollywood" supports the Democratic party--which is absolutely their right to do so.

I can't, so I won't, speak for any of other former athlete-endorsers of Leppert, but Staubach is a businessman and knows this city and its communities well.  So perhaps you might at least take his endorsement to have some substance to it.

Anon
Anon

I don't think people should listen to celebrities at all. I just dislike that their support of Democrats is generally ridiculed as hypocritical. Staubach's business experience is in real estate, which makes me less inclined to trust him.

Kstein
Kstein

"Staubach's business experience is in real estate, which makes me less inclined to trust him." Explain, please.

J. Erik Jonsson
J. Erik Jonsson

As a Cowboys fan who proudly remembers cheering at the TV when Saint Roger destroyed the Broncos to win his second ring, it pains me to say this, but I must share.

I have a concept regarding civic projects.  It's not quite formal enough to be a law, and it's not really testable enough to be a theory.  Let's call it a rule of thumb:

If Roger's for it, I'm against it.

Simple, but so painful.  Look at the evidence, though:

Strong MayorTrinity ProjectTaxpayer HotelOlympicsSuperbowlAACLeppert

Eastdallasgirl
Eastdallasgirl

 I believe that all of these projects were started many months, if not years prior to Tom's time with the City.

Montemalone
Montemalone

Since it was demonstrated on the teevee that football causes brain damage when those little gray celsl go banging around inside those thick skulls, I don't think we should lend too much credence to what these boys are sayin'.

Mister_Mean
Mister_Mean

I always wondered how they got all those holes in their foreheads-learning to eat with a fork.   But I must agree with Montemalone that endorsing Lepper is a sure sign of being brain dead.

MattL1
MattL1

Unlike these gentlemen, I will not be supporting Mr. Leppert's Senate bid.  Just thought I should make that clear.  Do I need to do a presser, or will statewide media outlets just pick up this comment and run with it?

Montemalone
Montemalone

Newsmax wants you to do a one on one with Trump.

MattL1
MattL1

I would be happy to do so, but I'm sure he'd just pull out at the last minute.  

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin

"but I'm sure he'd just pull out at the last minute"  Thats what his father should have done

Brenda Marks
Brenda Marks

Question to Troy:  Exactly what "tough decisions that weren't always popular"?  Please enlighten me.

Just what we need -- advice from guys who made a living getting hit in the head.

Lola_72
Lola_72

But we will subject ourselves to letting another football player run for Senate, Craig James?  At least I know Roger Staubauch has some business sense.  He's successful outside the athletic arena.  Troy Aikman tries to stay out of the limelight too.  I think he's (Leppert) the better choice between the two.  Either way, the government is full of buffoons.  What's one or two more, right?

Daily Reader
Daily Reader

He just said they weren't popular...didn't say they were good or made sense.

Guest
Guest

So he rejuvenated the business sector. For one, the business sector was rolling along pretty good before Tom Leppert, and for two, he got the city into the hotel business, thereby setting up a situation in which private enterprise has to compete with the taxpayers for business.

I'm not sure how he improved the schools. Other than saying that he wanted to improve the schools. But if saying you want something makes it true, then Rick Perry would have spontaneously burst into flames a long time ago.

And surely that "fought for ethics reform" is a typo that's meant to say "fought against ethics reform"

And in what way did Leppert turn the Dallas economy around? Sales tax receipts fell year after year during his term. Unemployment increased during his term. Property values fell during his term. And so on. Unless he means that he turned it around from being good to being not-so-good. That I would agree with as being true.

Also, he's still hiding the buckets of money he buried somewhere.

Urbandweller203
Urbandweller203

He forgot to add to his list of accomplishments that he helped "turn around the Inland Port"

Eastdallasgirl
Eastdallasgirl

 Wow, Tom turned that ship around too? I thought the inland port, sank!

TimCov
TimCov

I'll start getting my listening to football players recommendations on politicians when football players start listing to me on football.

Lola_72
Lola_72

it's still better than Craig James!

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