DISD Candidate Damarcus Offord Filed an Ethics Complaint Against Mike Rawlins Today

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Damarcus Offord, the 20-year-old Dallas Independent School District trustee candidate, struck back at Mayor Mike Rawlings today, and in the course of one short document managed to heed his supporters' call for a feisty outsider and confirm his detractors' suspicion that he just doesn't know what he's doing.

Rawlings, you'll recall, raised eyebrows yesterday when he endorsed Elizabeth Jones, Dan Micciche and Offord's opponent, Bernadette Nutall, in the upcoming elections. City ethics rules prohibit Rawlings from making endorsements, but he made them anyway with the help of the Dallas Regional Chamber's PAC, which carefully made no reference to Rawlings' job.

Offord jumped on the infraction today, filing a formal Code of Ethics Complaint against Rawlings. See for yourself below, where you'll probably notice that Offord misspelled the mayor's name in the complaint. Every single time.

City of Dallas Code of Ethics Complaint Against Mayor Rawlins


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Larry
Larry

Think about it this way.  You are being tried for a crime.  Whom do you want on your jury: a man of limited intellect who DOES know right from wrong; or  blow dried, picture perfect tool of the monied establishment?

eyewannano
eyewannano

eyewannano0 minutes agoin reply to Wallyjohnson2Who is the HR Asst director. Are you referring to the city of Dallas or DISD. Is this same lady who directed the city of Dallas redistricting? I heard she was assigned to HR

What A joke dumbass Offord
What A joke dumbass Offord

Duhhmarcus Offord is a real dumbass and too slow. My god, I cannot imagine this dumbass deliver a speech to a graduating class at a graduation. They have my permission to throw tomatoes at him. What a joke.

trudat
trudat

If you ask me, the mayor has made a simple rookie mistake.  He has clearly violated written legal and moral principals.  And some of us will forgive him - after all, .this is his first time serving in a political office...Right?...But this is the way I like to see politics played out..."Under the table double dealing" countered by an old fashioned set of sunny South Dallas knuckles to the nose - in broad open daylight in front of the open eyes of the world. I want to see the mayor shuffle his way out of this mess. Did Frank Luntz teach him enough of that "Orwellian double speak" in that class he payed so much for awhile back to get out of this situation? How will Orwellian double speak do against a figurative set of sunny South Dallas knuckles to the nose?  

And it says so much for big D that the only politician with enough cojones and sense to do the right thing is the baby in the bunch.  Congratulations Mr. Offord! And may you avoid the many cesspools in Dallas politics as you work to represent the people.

Badmonkey9
Badmonkey9

C'mon all.. We al know this is a conflict and the Mayor is playing games here. He should know better than that. That's shady shit right there. 

Da Truth
Da Truth

Mayor Rawlins as they say is all hat and no cattle.

Chris Danger
Chris Danger

So, which is worse: A young brother who misspells rawlings or a current mayor teetering on an ethics violation with his endorsements via a shady PAC? I'll take the young man w/ vision over a sister in the pocket of the man any day..

Oak Cliff Res
Oak Cliff Res

First off... I know this f*cker did not say "aka" in an official ethics complaint.  Second, where is the heading or where is his signature??? Forget misspelling Rawlings name, this is out of line from the beginning.  Wow, and you all want him to lead your students.  It doesn't matter that he cannot create a formal document which all high school graduates will have to learn to do (or can google it), it doesn't matter that he doesn't have an economic alternative to not close those schools down.  It's just important to know that he wouldn't have voted to close those schools down. 

Anyways. Section 12A-10 clearly states that any city official (which means, Mayor, Councilmembers even Mary Suhm) cannot use the prestige of that position on behalf of a candidate as well as states that as long as they don't do that, then they can lend their name. What about this do you not get???  He said Mike Rawlings there is no prestige of official position by saying that...

The #2 in his statement is a pretty good argument but again it is not an endorsement bc there is nothing opposing EducateDallas, there aren't any alternatives. You endorse one candidate over another.  You can't endorse quote un quote EducateDallas if there is no alternative choice.  It's merely as he stated "working close together". They are not trying to win anything over another political committee.

The board retreat complaint... c'mon now. It was a DISD not a campaign retreat, so the comments there were in regards to how can the Mayor and City of Dallas help DISD out, not there individual campaigns.

Bottom line is Bernadette Nutall sadly is in trouble and is in jeopardy of losing her seat to this guy. Greater than her loss of her seat will be the loss to the students of District 9, because you (the parents/voters, Mr. Offord who doesnt attend DISD or have children that do as well as Joyce Formen and Juanitta Wallace that don't have children in the district) are mad about 5 under popullated schools being closed down. And even if she did vote to keep them open the vote would have still been 4-3.

RUSK NATIVE
RUSK NATIVE

demarcus be de manz....he look jes like my son wud luk if I had me sum sons.Obozo.

Diane Birdwell
Diane Birdwell

1. Has anyone listened to Bernadette speak? Her grammar often  leaves a lot to be desired.

2. I was sickened when I heard about this mayor's actions on KERA this morning. Here I was, on my way to school, to give Day #1 of the week of TAKS, and I hear the Mayor try to sidestep his way out of an ethics complaint by saying, "I drove myself to the event..." Or something like that. THAT makes it okay? If you have to cut it that thin, uh-uh.

3. Combine that with speaking with Arne Duncan over who my next boss should be? What, the city is so well-handled, this is his job now? Come over to Buckner Terrace, Mr. Mayor. Explain to me why this part of I-30 is so run-down, so lackingin major retail--you know, so my students would have places to get jobs. You have free time? Get a Kroger's to open over here.

4. Over the last two years, slowly, some of us are chipping away at the Oligarchy that controls this city and DISD. They are so scared, they created a PAC--wait, TWO PACs and donated $10,000 to candidates even before filing deadlines had passed. Why? To scare of opponents. It did not work. Rookie mistake. They won't do that again. But they showed their fear. 

5.  Offord is so young, so naive, you almost have to root for him. In a town where envelopes of "walking around money" float through the black community, where a couple of Hispanic families think they have a birthright to virtually ANY elected office they can fill with yet another relative, and the "business community" has NEVER had an open free-for-all forum to meet with teachers, yet seems to know what it is to run schools---hell, I have to vote for this guy.

Anon
Anon

So at the same time that this violation is clear, maybe this can get us talking about the fact that some people just legally shouldn't be allowed to express political opinions. I'm thinking of religious leaders here even moreso than the mayor. If they want to advise their congregants on political matters, they should give up their tax exempt status just like other lobbying groups. At some point, people need to be grown ups and realize that taking certain positions within society make a person synonymous with an institution. Jeffress can pretend he goes on Fox News as John Q Secularist giving his personal opinion, but churches have very effectively lobbied to be excluded from employment laws based on the fact that their spiritual leaders cannot have an expectation that their private lives are their own. Which is it? It can't be both.

Chak
Chak

  get good at ethics mr offord youare gonna need it in disd...just look at the posting below...hmmmmi wonder who the girl is going to be that will have to be on her knees all day???? they emphasis great ORAL skills

http://www.applitrack.com/dall... anyone had any doubt how this superintendent would rule this is pretty much all the proof you will need to see what the future will hold. This guy is oging to spend like drunken sailor paying all of his buddies, consultant contracts will bloat again like when we paid 50K for Steven Covey to speak 2 days, the greasing of hands, etc. A position that only requires a GED paying from 57K-103K she MUST be really HOT! A ged can get you PAID is you got the right rack, shake it right, show enough to tease, oh yeah!!

East Dallas Dad
East Dallas Dad

Something isn't right about this. There's no way this was written by Offord. I'm not impugning the man's intelligence, but this reads like something a lawyer put together. If I were Offord I'd look very carefully at the person that wrote this complaint. Perhaps Bernadette Nutall or Educate Dallas called in a favor to make the young man look bad.

I'm not saying they did or they didn't but if you think something like that isn't possible you haven't been following politics in Dallas closely enough.

pencil
pencil

I'd give that a 85.

DISD Teacher
DISD Teacher

Business-as-usual, oh-well-what-can-be-done, one-person-can't-make-a-difference....

Maybe those days are seeing the beginning of their end.

We need more Offords to stop accepting the status quo that has created a $1 billion school district that is a corrupt mess.

I don't know him, but I like that someone is not going down against these same-ole, same-ole "business people" without a fight.

Mustardseed
Mustardseed

Mike Rawlings arrives to forums for SB candidate events with taxpayer paid security detail and in his city vehicle. Who does he think he is, the mayor?

Guest
Guest

I'm considering filing my own ethics complaint against Mayor Mike Rawlings for sharing confidential city information with Private Citizen Mike Rawlings in violation of Section 12A-6(b) of the City of Dallas Code of Ethics.

Wallyjohnson2
Wallyjohnson2

The City of Dallas.... she is Forest play golf together.... a ho in one....

Cliffhanger
Cliffhanger

I've sat through a Nutall graduation speech. Believe me, it was underwhelming.

Paul
Paul

 its "dee" nut "duh"

Daniel
Daniel

Go back to Longview, asshat.

East Dallas Dad
East Dallas Dad

 Voters are upset with Bernadette over far more than closing or consolidating schools. Take a look at the entirety of her voting record and it is blatantly obvious that she votes as the North Dallas cartel tells her on every issue. Time and time again, her constituents have approached her on specific issues only to be rebuffed or ignored.

I'd like Bernadette to release Circle of Support's financial statements including a complete list of her donors.

Joyce Foreman
Joyce Foreman

Since I use my name and you don't, my positions are of public record. If you had attended any of the briefing meetings or board meetings, you would have heard and understood that there were alternatives to closing the 11 schools. The basis of the closure was 251 students and below, and no other criteria according to Bernadette Nutall. Even Lew Blackburn gave alternatives to closing the schools, and was smart enough not to vote for the closings. Neighborhood schools are used for revitalization of areas, and now these neighborhoods will not have that advantage, and don't forget about 4 year old preK students getting bused from these neighborhoods. It is also known that all of the schools closed were either Exemplary, Recognized or Academically Acceptable. Why not look at the 43 campuses that DISD has that are Academically Unacceptable first. I thought we all wanted good schools for our kids and 11 good schools were dismantled.

Please tell me how many DISD trustees have students in school, and what does it matter if you are a caring individual who values education and specifically public education? Bernadette Nutall actions has shown that she is pro charter school which is in direct competition with public schools. I am sure you know charter schools have less accountability to the taxpayers, but receive taxpayer dollars. If Nutall has such an interest, then she should get on a charter school board and leave the public school board to the people who are interested in educating all of the children.

Gangy
Gangy

You are a sick MF.

CrackerDaddy
CrackerDaddy

Nicely stated Diane......nicely stated indeed.

Joyce Foreman
Joyce Foreman

Thank you Diane for stating the facts correctly.

RUSK NATIVE
RUSK NATIVE

 as long as skin color, ignorant voters, greed, corruption, and teachers merely wanting to hang onto jobs rather than educate...you get a deterioration of the city that will not be reversed by the city management or the school board.  BUSINESSES are not established where there is too much risk of crime, drug use, poor people with no money, federal subsidized housing, truants and gangs.   Retail is not going to go to bad neighborhoods that are made bad by  the people that live there.  That is what caused Urban Flight....the folks just left the city...and many left Dallas County too.

primi timpano
primi timpano

 A Rawlings by any other name is still a Pizza Mike.

RTGolden
RTGolden

But he drove himself there...........

Oak Cliff Res
Oak Cliff Res

The Code of Ethics is not confidential city information, it is a public document posted on the city's website and everytime there is an amendment to it it is voted on in public...

cp
cp

Interesting.... sounds like something Allen Gwinn would do...

Diane Birdwell
Diane Birdwell

1. You are showing you know little of Dallas. Buckner Terrace itself is not run down, but it sucks on retail establishments. People still confuse us with the Grove. We have an Interstate here, yet the typical big box chains are not here.

2. Please, teachers are not"hanging on to jobs." It gets old, this stereotype of us. We work our asses off every freaking day, depsite the lack of ethics, planning or vision by those above us.

3. When the citizens give up, get lazy and move, yes, lazy, this is what happens. Easier to move to a little town with no crime until it gets big and crime follows... Then move on to the next little town further out...If citizens awakened to the power they have with small, but essential changes that would help us all--this city would rock. 4. Ignorant voters? Yep, true dat.

cp
cp

Um... some menial assistant job that only requires a GED get an annual income of $103k. Why don't we stop blaming teachers and put the blame on the administration where it belongs? 

Wylie H.
Wylie H.

It looks like the "central staff" opening, "assistant to the superintendent." The jobID is 1973 and only requires a high school diploma or GED, yet will pay up to $103,000 per annum.

Guest
Guest

Obviously the Code of Ethics is public as I noted which section I would accuse Mayor Mike Rawlings of violating (so, clearly, I read it).

The complaint would allege that Mayor Mike Rawlings, in the course of being the mayor, sometimes comes to know confidential city information. However, since Mayor Mike Rawlings and Private Citizen Mike Rawlings (two separate people according to both Mike Rawlingses) share a single brain (at most), Mayor Mike Rawlings is constantly sharing private, confidential information with Private Citizen Mike Rawlings and is, therefore, in violation of the public code of ethics.

B1ng
B1ng

You need help.

Guest
Guest

 Well, nevermind then. I don't want to ever get to the point where people describe me as a "gadfly"

Wallyjohnson2
Wallyjohnson2

a ho, whole, hole in one.... same difference....lol

Paul
Paul

That's how we were able to remove the steering wheel from the locomotives.

primi timpano
primi timpano

 Thank the engineers for rails.  Unfortunately DISD seems to have a lack of rail guidance.  Get that sucker to fly and you will have one humdinger bunker buster.

Paul
Paul

 So much for years of graduate school and continuing education to maintain and advance my skills and expertise ...

The next time I see a list of "Ten top Paying Careers", I will have to make sure that they include: "Assistant to Superintendent at Bloated and Corrupt Independent School District".

At least being a railroad locomotive engineer does require a high school diploma and tops out at $80k/yr.  But at least this person is directly responsible for up to 11,250 tons of equipment containing hazardous material moving at up to 79 mph.

For the geeks, this is 4,690,440,994 ft-lbm/sec of kinetic energy.

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