In the Race for District 33, the Bank of Domingo is Open (but Not for Kathy Nealy)

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Domingo Garcia makes it rain on a redistricting commission meeting.
It costs north of a million bucks to win a U.S. House seat these days. Winning District 33, the new DFW block carved out of the totally riveting and not at all arcane redistricting process, should cost considerably less, thanks to a shortened primary and probably noncompetitive general. Still: It will still cost a pretty penny.

Luckily for lawyer, politico and giving husband Domingo Garcia, when it comes to funding his political interests, pretty pennies are not in short supply.

Garcia, one of several Democrats running in May's primary, has donated more than $900,000 to statewide and national candidates and committees since 2000, according to campaign finance reports. Those donations include $530,000 to the New American PAC, a Texas PAC funded almost entirely by Garcia and his employees and used to bankroll the county commissioner campaign of his wife, Elba.

"You've gotta be willing to invest in your own campaign if you want people to invest in you," Domingo Garcia told Unfair Park last week. And when it comes to winning Texas' newly drawn 33rd, Garcia said he would happily pour more of his cash into holding off his many opponents. "We will have the resources necessary, but I think we will have more than match those resources with contributions."

That New American PAC will be of no help, since it can't be used in a national campaign. Nor will one of that PAC's go-to political consultants: Kathy Nealy. Garcia's PAC shelled out about $70,000 for Nealy's services between late 2009 and mid-2011, campaign finance reports show.

Garcia said that Nealy won't be helpful in this campaign because her sway is with black voters in Dallas, and most of the black voters in District 33 live in and around Fort Worth. That Nealy's house was raided as part of the federal investigation into Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price probably hasn't helped land her much business, either.


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Hasanmary
Hasanmary

I am so tired of hearing about the raiding of Nealy's office.  No indictment.  Give it a break.

JD
JD

Kathy Nealy is a hot tamale for anyone these days, especially Domingo Garcia. You don't have to smart to realize she most likely is "cooperating" with the FBI these days on the issue of voter fraud.

Michael
Michael

Sad but true, you gotta have money to get elected these days.  That Garcia is willing to put up his own money and has the money to put up might just be a good thing.  I'd rather he put up his own money than be beholding to some special interest group that's bankrolling him.  Veasey's wife is a lobbyist and he's taken loads of money from her clients. 

WatchingSouth Detroit
WatchingSouth Detroit

Agree with JustSayin - Domingo Garcia justs wants a political office and the people of Dist 33 are just his tools to get it.  He doesn't live in the district and doesn't care about the people in the district - unless they are hispanic.  If you are white, black, or asian, you will be out of the loop.  Garcia defines sleazy politico.

JustSayin
JustSayin

I still don't see how Texas allows candidates to not even live within a district to run for office. Case point - Mr. Garcia.  Maybe Domingo can build another $1,502,350 home that actually is within District 33. After all, he is the candidate for the poor and common man. The new home would put to work dozens of construction workers. 

Dallasdwilawyer
Dallasdwilawyer

May be I should also think about starting my political career leaving the DWI lawyer degree on the desk.:)

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Itseasy
Itseasy

It's easey.Marc Veasey.

Chris Danger
Chris Danger

I wonder how much of a political liability that head of hair and push-broom 'stache will be for Sunday Garcia? He's always looked like a paunchy version of the Frito Bandidto to me...

Guest
Guest

Garcia,

You are no match for Roberts.  We all know the love that Latinos and Blacks have for urban gentrification programs, bike plans, and other hipster ideas.  You lack the cool hats or smug attitude necessary to represent us. 

-- Every wannabe Austinite living in the Bishop Arts district. 

Garcia Response:

Hola.  Hablo Español.  ¿Puede usted creer que Guy Blanco quiere poner en veredas de moto? ¿Y por qué los sombreros graciosos?

-- Domingo Garcia.

Election Results:  Roberts wins every white vote in the Democratic primary, but still fails to make the primary runoff between Garcia and one of the other candidates with a Spanish surname. 

 

Anon
Anon

are you claiming that Garcia's personal fortune is not the result of connections to special interest groups? seriously, Garcia and his wife are serial, machine politicians. they are beholden to the machine.

Salty Tx
Salty Tx

All states have the same requirements to run for congress, only one - be a resident of the state in which you run.  In a head to head with Garcia there is no way Veasey has a chance.  Unfortunate since Garcia is such a slimeball.

Oakcliffdweller81
Oakcliffdweller81

I was raised in Oak Cliff and have no idea who this Roberts guy is.  I don't care if you're brown, black or white, gay bi or straight.  Domingo will represent all of us.  But at least Roberts got free advertising for his Bishop Arts restaurant by running. 

dfw75208
dfw75208

Uhm, Marc Veasey is going to win this thing.  FYI.

Oakdweller81
Oakdweller81

lol...what idiots you all are. Unless you consider hard work and dedication a "special interest group,"  nothing could be farther from the truth.  

Michael
Michael

Who is the machine they are beholden to?

James Weisinger
James Weisinger

so if domingo wants to give amnesty to illegals, your okay with that?if he does not want ilegals convicted of serious crimes (murder, rape, child molestation) deported, you are okay with these staying in your community?

Guest
Guest

Uhm, Marc Veasey thought he was going to run in a newly created African-American district.  Then the political winds changed, and now he is running in a newly created Hispanic district.  He cannot win this district, even if he were the right man for the job. 

Ryan
Ryan

Agreed. Veasey is the right choice.

Guest
Guest

Absolutely!  Veasey has to win because the most important thing when electing Democratic elected officials in Texas is to make sure you elect the ones who are going to pay Matt Angle and the rest of the former Martin Frost staff.  Some of them have mortgages to pay and none of them are talented enough to move to a state with a functioning Democratic Party.  They have no choice but to feed off the corpse of the Texas Democratic Party.  If Veasey doesn't win, some of them might have to get real jobs, and people from outside the club might start getting hired (and worse, paid) to work on political campaigns.  They may even have the talent to get Democrats elected statewide.  Then the Matt Angle hangers on may never get paid hired for campaign work consulting again. We can't have that.

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