The Race for Texas' New Congressional District Is Going To Be Very Interesting. And Crowded.

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Let's just call it: Everyone in town is running for Congress.

Okay, not everyone, but the race for the newly-created, much-argued-over Congressional District 33 has gotten very, very crowded, especially on the Democrats' side.

Last night we watched as former Dallas city council member -- and mayor pro tem, state rep and redistricting commissioner -- Domingo Garcia, about whom we've written approximately a million times over the years, announced his own candidacy. The shindig, which took place on the top floor of the Oak Cliff Tower, the massive building where his law practice is based, drew a couple hundred people, lots of cameras, and some very big-name supporters: current city council member Delia Jasso, Dallas County treasurer Joe Wells, former DISD board member Ron Price, and district clerk Gary Fitzsimmons.

The Reverend Peter Johnson kicked things off by delivering the opening blessing and and reminiscing about picketing alongside Garcia and Cesar Chavez.

"I'm deeply proud to call Domingo Garcia my friend," he said. He praised Garcia's commitment to the black community, adding, "He's been willing to stand with us shoulder to shoulder. He's a deep and serious friend."

Johnson, and everybody else in the room, is of course well aware that the CD-33 race has at this point broken down largely along racial and demographic lines: in Dallas, former city council member Steve Salazar and community activist Carlos Quintanilla, who are both Latino, will be among the people vying for the seat, while the contenders in Fort Worth include Marc Veasey, Kathleen Hicks, and Rev. Kyev Tatum, who are all black. And over in left field there's Better Block-er Jason Roberts, who announced on Twitter yesterday that he'd be throwing his newsboy cap in the ring after he raised the final $2,000 he'd needed in a little less than 24 hours.

The district is 66 percent Latino, 17 percent black and 14.5 percent white, and it's widely expected to be decided during the Democratic primary on May 29. But there are a few Republican candidates, including Chuck Bradley, a "medical marketing" exec from Fort Worth, and Dr. Monte Mitchell, also from Fort Worth, who has an oddly Photoshopped-looking and somewhat terrifying picture on the homepage of his campaign website. Both men have roughly a snowball's chance in hell of winning: the district voted 69 percent for Obama in 2008. (Correction, 3:36:Or rather, that's how the 33rd would have voted in 2008, had it been grouped together as one district, as this Texas Tribune map shows.)

Garcia pledged last night to repeal No Child Left Behind, defend Medicaid and Medicare and institute immigration reform. "I'm not going to be a congressman just for Latinos," he told the crowd. "I'm going to be a congressman for everybody, because that's my life."

This morning, we also reached Roberts by phone in Brooklyn, where he's demoing some Better Block ideas as part of a mini-cross-country tour. "This is a chance for me to talk to people as much as possible," he told us of his Congressional run.

Roberts said he's become frustrated with the bickering he's hearing from the House and Senate.

"It's hard to fathom the arguments we're having right now," he said. "Why are we arguing about contraception when I can literally walk outside and there are people firing guns in my neighborhood? There are boarded-up buildings here that should be active and alive. So why are we arguing about my wife's right to birth control? It's completely asinine...The national dialogue has nothing to do with how to fix what's obvious, what's right in front of your eyes. I'm a very hands on person. People ask me, 'How would you change things?' At the very least, I wouldn't just keep talking and talking."

And with that, Roberts, Garcia, and the 10,000 other candidates will commence their mad dash toward May 29.

"Domingo's goal is to win without a run-off," campaign manager press secretary Colin Strother told us last night. "But with this many people, it'll be difficult."


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lapedro
lapedro

deeply proud? deep and serious? not going to say a word

D Wood
D Wood

Oakcliffdweller81 could not help but notice your previous post: (No. Quintanilla just has a criminal record for fraud in Illinois. and a bunch of overdue child support.  If he doesn't even handle his parental responsibilities, how will he handle a congressional seat? he doesn't have a chance.)You know, you bring up a great point about how important it is for voters of the 33rd Congressional District and media to make sure all of the 33rd Congressional District candidates are well vetted. Since you brought the subject of overdue child support maybe we ought to go a step further and check to see if any of the 33rd Congressional District candidates  have ever fathered children out of wed-lock. If any of these candidates have, what kind of support, if any, did they provide for that child or children? Maybe we can get Bbetzen to help out here, as a retired DISD teacher I’m sure he has seen both the good and the bad on the issue of fatherless student children, right Bbetzen? Well, how about it Dallas Observer reporter Anna Merlan? Notice how all of a sudden no more comments? Maybe you ought to dig a little bit, never know what’s under the dirt you dig up. lol

D. Wood
D. Wood

Oakcliffdweller81 could not help but notice your previous post: (No. Quintanilla just has a criminal record for fraud in Illinois. and a bunch of overdue child support.  If he doesn't even handle his parental responsibilities, how will he handle a congressional seat? he doesn't have a chance.)You know, you bring up a great point about how important it is that the voters of the 33rd Congressional district and the media to make sure all of the 33rd Congressional district candidates are well vetted. Since you brought the subject of overdue child support maybe we ought to go a step further and check to see if any of the 33rd Congressional District candidates  have ever fathered children out of wed-lock. If any of these candidates have what kind of support, if any, did they provide for that child or children? Maybe we can get Bbetzen to help out here, as a retired DISD teacher I’m sure he has seen both the good and the bad on the issue of fatherless student children, right Bbetzen? Well, how about it Dallas Observer reporter Anna Merlan? Notice how all of a sudden no more comments? Maybe you ought to dig a little bit, never know what’s under the dirt you dig up. lol

Oak Cliff Matador
Oak Cliff Matador

From what I can see, Mr.Carlos Quintanilla is a very caring father to all his children. The many times,& I mean many times I have seen Mr. Quintanilla he projects as a veryactive & loving dad who teaches good principles & mentors his children.What world do you live in? Quintanilla's daughter in Chicago is 37 years old& he had full custody of her since she was 6 weeks old. What are youtalking about? I’ve known Mr. Quintanilla many years. I know him well enough toknow he was a pretty good guy when he & Mr. Garcia co-chaired Dallas’Mega-March. In fact, he nominated Mr. Garcia to the IME.  

It’s not what Mr.Quintanilla did 20 years ago; he has paid his debt to society. I’m vastlyimpressed with what Mr. Quintanilla has done lately. From advocating againstthe criminal onset of drug dealers who sold cheese-heroin to school agechildren to assisting innocent people who were discriminated on housing issues,Mr. Quintanilla has served his neighbors and fellow citizens very well for manyyears to date. Furthermore, Mr. Quintanilla’s wife has never thrown hisclothes out in the front yard of this home and has not fathered any childrenout of wed-lock. Interesting to see how the other candidates match up right? 

Mr. Quintanilla may havehad his problems 20 years ago but does not have a reputation of hiring mailballot harvesters to work on his political campaigns. Oak Cliff just gainedstatewide recognition when a judge removed from his elected office, an OakCliff based Dallas County (Carlos Medrano) Justice of the Peace convicted ofvoter fraud. Oak Cliff and the new 33rd Congressional Districtdeserves much better than that. I have faith Mr. Quintanilla will represent the33rd Congressional District very well.

 

 

Oak Cliff Matador
Oak Cliff Matador

From what I can see, Mr.Carlos Quintanilla is a very caring father to all his children. The many times,& I mean many times I have seen Mr. Quintanilla he projects as a veryactive & loving dad who teaches good principles & mentors his children.What world do you live in? Quintanilla's daughter in Chicago is 37 years old& he had full custody of her since she was 6 weeks old. What are youtalking about? I’ve known Mr. Quintanilla many years. I know him well enough toknow he was a pretty good guy when he & Mr. Garcia co-chaired Dallas’Mega-March. In fact, he nominated Mr. Garcia to the IME.

 

It’s not what Mr.Quintanilla did 20 years ago; he has paid his debt to society. I’m vastlyimpressed with what Mr. Quintanilla has done lately. From advocating againstthe criminal onset of drug dealers who sold cheese-heroin to school agechildren to assisting innocent people who were discriminated on housing issues,Mr. Quintanilla has served his neighbors and fellow citizens very well for manyyears to date. Furthermore, Mr. Quintanilla’s wife has never thrown hisclothes out in the front yard of this home and has not fathered any childrenout of wed-lock. Interesting to see how the other candidates match up right?

 

Mr. Quintanilla may havehad his problems 20 years ago but does not have a reputation of hiring mailballot harvesters to work on his political campaigns. Oak Cliff just gainedstatewide recognition when a judge removed from his elected office, an OakCliff based Dallas County (Carlos Medrano) Justice of the Peace convicted ofvoter fraud. Oak Cliff and the new 33rd Congressional Districtdeserves much better than that. I have faith Mr. Quintanilla will represent the33rd Congressional District very well.

 

 

Dallasite XYZ
Dallasite XYZ

Carlos Quintanilla is the real deal in this race. He doesnot have a track record of hiring campaign managers who have the distinction ofhaving to explain to the media about voters who have voted while they weredead.

http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2...

JB
JB

Is it just me, or has anyone else noticed that Domingo Garcia, in the appropriate costume, could have come from central casting for a role as a Mexican bandit chief or the oily, highly corrupt Alcalde of a Mexican/California small town?

WatchingSouth Detroit
WatchingSouth Detroit

You mean the same Domingo Garcia who as a state rep was rated by Texas Monthly as one of the state's worst legislators?  You mean the same Domingo Garcia who as state rep used Kathy Nealy as his chief campaigner, who is closely tied John Wiley Price who was is being investigated by the FBI as part of JWP's corrupt activities?

They better keep a close watch on the absentee votes in this race.  There will be many ghosts casting votes on this one.  Garcia may try to pull a Medrano.

therealreasons
therealreasons

I hear David Alameel is a Tom Delay Democrat who contributed heavily to Republican causes. My vote will be for Quintanilla, when the sh*t hits the fan at least you can count on him to lead the fight. 

Luis
Luis

And what should people think of a person who supports a candidate for the 33rd congressional district who supported a Dallas County Justice of the Peace who was convicted of voter fraud? 

Luis
Luis

And what should people think of a person who supports a candidate for the 33rd congressional district who supported a Dallas County Justice of the Peace (Carlos Medrano) who was convicted of voter fraud? 

rkhall
rkhall

I think Domingo is about to meet up with the second version of state rep. Rafael Anchia. Dr. David Alameel. Dr. Alameel began his career as a migrant worker in the fields of California, joined the military, finished college and went on to attain higher education. He has since built one of the largest dental chain clinics in the DFW area.I'm guessing there are plenty of Democratic voters who simpy won't vote for a candidate who slightly reminds you of the Frito Bandito. http://alameelforcongress.com/...

rkhall
rkhall

I think Domingo is about to meet up with the second version of state rep. Rafael Anchia. Dr. David Alameel. Dr. Alameel began his career as a migrant worker in the fields of California, joined the military, finished college and to attain higher education. He has since built one of the largest chains clinics in the DFW area.I'm guessing there a plenty of Democratic voters who simpy won't vote for a candidate who slightly reminds you of the Frito Bandito. http://alameelforcongress.com/...

PlanoDave
PlanoDave

Here is the humorous fact of this race.

Whomever wins is part of the minority party and as a result will be an absolute non-entity for the next session.  They won't get a single influential position, get any legislation voted on by the full Congress and will consistently cast losing votes. All they will do is further their own careers for after they leave Congress.  

Enjoy the fight.

Domingo's neighbor
Domingo's neighbor

"I'm not going to be a congressman just forLatinos," he told the crowd. "I'm going to be a congressman foreverybody, because that's my life."

Ha!  As long as heplays the race card in his law practice he will be a one race congressman.  My first memory of Domingo Garcia was a radionews report where he is said the only reason his client was on trial wasbecause he was a Latino. 

Mary Hasan
Mary Hasan

I can already tell this is going to be a race as bad as the republican presidental candidate race, a lot of mud slinging.  I keep hearing that it's going to be a black and brown fight.  I hope not.  I hope that the best candidate for the job will win.  I learned a long time ago that people of your color are not always of you kind or have your best interest at heart.  We have so many people in Washington who are becoming rich but could care less about us.  It will be a difficult choice for me because I only know two of the people running which means I have research to do.  Martin Frost will not make my decision.  I see continued reference to him supporting one of the candidates, although I am not quite sure what that means.  Am I suppose to vote for someone simply because Martin Frost said so.  I don't think so.  I don't even know the man.  I just hope I can find enough useful information about each of the candidates so I can make a good decision. 

Dallasite X
Dallasite X

It's funny to see Dallas and Fort Worth fighting over the scraps of a biased Republican Attorney General led redistricting effort.  The game was fixed against Hispanics and Blacks from the outset.  Some would like to have seen two new Congressional Districts created, but there is no way in hell they (Republicans) were going to let that happen..............and they didn't.  Instead the Supreme Court approved a super majority Latino District at 66.3%, that is a sure thing for Democrats.  You should be thankful that you got as much as you did, it could have been much worse.

Whether or not people want to accept it, Domingo Garcia was involved in a historical process that has produced the very FIRST Hispanic Congressional District in North Texas, ever.  

To think that there is a question of whether or not a Hispanic should or can win the seat is absurd.  The numbers all match up.  If Domingo can generate even modest primary voter growth  in the next ten weeks,  he will win the primary. FACT.

If it goes to runoff, which it most likely will due to the high number of candidates, there may very well be a voter breakdown based on race.  Again, this works in favor of Domingo with little primary voter growth needed to ensure a win....the writing is on the wall, all you have to do is tread it. Dallas-Fort Worth.  

SayNoToVoterFraud
SayNoToVoterFraud

Listen up you illegal mail ballot harvesters! Do you still think Judge Sepulveda was outworked? BEWARE! Judge Sepulveda is not finished chewing up & spitting out those illegal mail ballot hired hands that are still out there. He may be waiting for you with cameras at some of those homes you will be going to. Hope you smile for the camera! The Dallas Morning News Dallas County JP accuses victorious rival of mail-in ballot fraud; winner's manager blasts canvassing of residents By KEVIN KRAUSE / The Dallas Morning News Published: 10 March 2010 02:32 AM KEVIN KRAUSE / The Dallas Morning News kkrause@dallasnews.com The Dallas Morning News "He got outworked this time around," Casey said. "He was up against a young man with a lot of enthusiasm."http://www.dallasnews.com/news...

T. Casillas
T. Casillas

“Throughout the years Marc worked with me he saw every day as an opportunity to serve the public. He brings trust, integrity and hard work to every challenge. That commitment to public service and to hard work over personal gain is needed in Congress now more than ever.”-Honorable Martin Frost, Former U.S. Congressman

http://www.marcveasey.com/

Rod
Rod

 I am sure his testimony in the Don Hill trial will put him over the top.

NATHAN
NATHAN

Domingo will win hands down....when you do right by the people, you always win. DOMINGO FOR CONGRESS!!!

Oakcliffdweller81
Oakcliffdweller81

No. Quintanilla just has a criminal record for fraud in Illinois. and a bunch of overdue child support.  If he doesn't even handle his parental responsibilities, how will he handle a congressional seat? he doesn't have a chance.

Colin Strother
Colin Strother

I initially thought that there was no way someone filing as a Democrat would do such a horrible thing as give money to Tom Delay...but I researched it and holy wow. Apparently Dr. Alameel gave several hundred thousand (at least) to Republicans all over the country.

Maybe he meant to file in the Republican party primary?

Bbetzen
Bbetzen

And what should people think of a person who uses "a candidate who slightly reminds you of the Frito Bandito" as a political critique?

Bbetzen
Bbetzen

PlanoDave, well said.  You understand the redistricting that was infliced on Texas and you are right. I do not think it is totally hopeless, but that can be said.

John2247
John2247

Unless the House flips parties (again).  It happens.

Bbetzen
Bbetzen

You say Domingo "said the only reason his client was on trial wasbecause he was a Latino."    Why would that statement indicate Domingo would not be a congressman for everybody?

Guest
Guest

But still 100 times better than the Sell-Out Steve Salazar!!!!! 

Bbetzen
Bbetzen

The biggest voter fraud is in redistricting, where they can easily get away with it.  Just study the Congressional Map we must live with for the next decade: http://dallasredistricting2011...

Mary Hasan
Mary Hasan

Do you have another site where information can be found on your candidate?  I went to the web site and the gist of what I got was that Martin Frost was backing him and that Ft Worth will determine who gets this seat.  If I believe this, then why bother to vote if you live in Dallas and are not voting for Veasey. 

Colin Strother
Colin Strother

Should say, "Former U.S. Congressman and Fox News Contributor"

Mary Hasan
Mary Hasan

I don't get it.  Will you please explain what Don Hill's trial has to do with this election?

lapedro
lapedro

done wrong done wrong victim victim democrat done wrong victim

Domingo's Neighbor
Domingo's Neighbor

It's him using the race card.  He lost the case.  Not because his client was a Latino but because the client was guilty of the crime.

lapedro
lapedro

blah blah blah blah, I am a  victim victim victim democrat democrat democrat, save your breath

lapedro
lapedro

victim victim victim blah blah blah blah

Oakcliffdweller81
Oakcliffdweller81

oh, voted for alonzo...that says it all. say hi to the rest of the crabs in the bucket, neighbor.

Domingo's Neighbor
Domingo's Neighbor

Does Mr. Garcia even live in District 33?  The only map I have seen shows him to miss out by one block.  

Bbetzen
Bbetzen

Elba was very visible on the City Council for years and does very good work.  As I said elsewhere, I got to know Domingo in the redistricting process for Dallas City Council. I was very impressed.  Eliminating gerrymandering in any political district is very difficult but Domingo was supportive.  But he was also working with 13 other commission members with various agendas. His work was impressive trying to bring people together. Politics is the art of compromise. Any politician who really gets out there and works will be a target from one side or another. Cheap shots are just that: cheap!  Sadly in the end even the approved maps were virtually destroyed when they got to City Council. Minority representation on all sides of Dallas was the victim in this process. We still have unjustifiably gerrymandered districts.  In that battle I saw Domingo try to achieve some very good things. He worked!

Nobody'sFool
Nobody'sFool

Come on Bill, you only know Domingo from a distance? If you know his wife well enough to endorse her for county commissioner than that distance you talk about is not too far apart. lol http://www.elbagarcia.com/new-...

Bbetzen
Bbetzen

I do not know him that well, only from a distance.  I am not in District 33 either but elsewhere in Oak Cliff.

Domingo's Neighbor
Domingo's Neighbor

You seem to know him pretty well.  What causes has Mr. Domingo championed for the middle-aged, Caucasian, conservative male.  Please list.  And before I get accused of being a right wing, minority hater, I voted for Councilperson Delia Jasso, Rep.  Roberto Alonzo and even the current resident of the White House, whom I will probably give another chance on his failure of hope & change.  

Back to Mr. Domingo, what causes?

Bbetzen
Bbetzen

Still, why would that statement indicate Domingo would not be a congressman for everybody?

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