Despite Dumping $2.6 Mil into Campaign, David Alameel Is Going to Lose

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David Alameel once met the Pope. Or Photoshopped his head into a picture of the Pope. Go vote for him.
With the race for the 33rd Congressional District by all accounts a two-man race that is growing pettier by the day, it's easy to forget that nine other Democrats are jostling for third place in the May 29 primary. Unless, of course, you happen to glance up from the bumper in front of you to see David Alameel's disconcertingly large face smirking -- or is that a leer? -- down upon you from a billboard.

Turns out, it's not cheap to plaster your face at a few thousand times magnification all over Dallas, which, along with some radio ad buys, slickly produced YouTube spots, and a head-scratching number of mariachi performances, is why Alameel has dropped a cool $2 mil on the campaign so far, outstripping the second most spendthrift candidate in the race, Domingo Garcia, by a factor of more than five. Alameel has spent more than twice as much as any House candidate, Democrat or Republican, in the entire state of Texas.
The spending binge has dwarfed Alameel's fundraising efforts, which have yielded a laughable $6,000 so, unsurprisingly, his campaign is $2.6 million in debt -- more than Rick Santorum after his failed presidential bid. Luckily for Alameel's campaign, it owes the money to David Alameel, who I'm thinking will be flexible on the repayment.

OK, so Alameel apparently can afford to dump money into his campaign (the chain of dental clinics he founded are apparently quite lucrative), but a larger question remains: Why?

SMU political science professor Cal Jillson said it's quite common for wealthy people to pour in millions to get themselves elected. They just usually have a shot at winning.

Not the case with Alameel, who lacks political experience, has avoided the media and just isn't a very good politician, Jillson said.

"It's like Craig James in the Senate race," Jillson said. "You have to ask yourself, 'What are you guys doing?'"

And as we know, it's bad when people start mentioning you with Craig James.

I suppose it's heartening to see that no, money doesn't mean everything in politics, but that's a lot of dough to shell out for someone with no chance on May 29.

At least Alameel has other things going for him, according to his campaign bio. He's met the Pope. He's able to practice no-look dentistry. He's had an "impressive career" that has included "electrical installation, IBM equipment repairs, gas station attendance, migrant farm work, oil rigs drilling, retail sales, military service, pharmacy specialist, dentistry, proprietary financial trading, and building his various family businesses."

None of which I would know if Alameel hadn't poured $2 million into his campaign. So in that very limited sense, I suppose you could call his campaign a success.
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voteNOalameel
voteNOalameel

yes if you want discrimination Vote for ALAMEEL cause thats all he is  and that he has made all of the clinics....i know cause i used to work for him.  and if you want to know of other stuff he did there just like......and he is lebanese which belittle woman...

Charles
Charles

There is plenty about which to be amused in Alameel's campaign... what amuses me most is his concept of "The American Dream". Apparently, his version of the dream is to create a socialist state like the ones that are not working in Europe and have failed throughout history. His version of "the dream" is one where they government take your money to give it to someone else... and that your personal dreams are fulfilled by the things you buy (or can get the government to steal for you).

Personally, I think The American Dream is about a nation that provides a very limited set of services... but allows you the personal ability to create your own dream... and your own version of that dream, not someone else's... like Alameel's.

It appears The American Dream worked out pretty well for Alameel... too bad he has no concept of what has made America a country able to offer this type of personal achievement... instead, he is stuck on a version of the dream that only works until other people's money runs out... Europe is learning this... we need to head that lesson and avoid electing people like Alameel.

J.Gonzo
J.Gonzo

I voted for the guy and I am Latino. I don't want a Dallas politician representing me, I have seen enough of their crap on TV. I am not for some ambulance chasing lawyer. I looked up Alameel and decided for me he was a good choice. He knows business, not hurting business. He has an eye on creating jobs, not rewarding you tons of cash because you got a boo boo. People like Garcia is why insurance rates have gone up, I can only imagine with Garcia my taxes going up.

Daily Reader
Daily Reader

"gas station attendance"???  I've attended many a gas stations too.  The attendant took my money.

Johnm817
Johnm817

The lawyer raised your insurance rates. Every store takes your money, but I get your point.

JS
JS

Hopefully he can siphon off enough of the Hispanic vote to keep gasbag Garcia from driving his Porsche to Washington.

Jack E. Jett
Jack E. Jett

I would be more apt to vote for him had he photoshopped himself giving head to the Pope. 

Guest
Guest

Alameel is dumping in a lot of money.  He might attract some of the Latino vote to go in his favor.  If Latinos voted anywhere as often as Anglos, he'd probably have a chance of making a runoff with Garcia.  Latinos make up well more than two thirds of the Democratic voters in the district.  Latinos could split and still pick the top two vote getters. 

But Latinos probably won't turn out in enough numbers to put two Latinos into the runoff, and Garcia already has the machine Latinos behind him.  So we're back to a two person race to make a runoff, with the only real question being how many Latinos will show up to vote in a runoff election. 

Oak Cliff Res
Oak Cliff Res

I agree with everything you said but one thing.  Latinos make up 66% of the residents in CD33 not of the voters. I think they only make up 40% of the voters if that.  And at the end of the day in an election, its the voters that count...

Cliff Dweller
Cliff Dweller

 Actually the Texas Legislative Council says the Hispanic Citizen Voting Age Population is 39%, the same number for African-Americans is 25%.  Whoever wins this is going to have to make some kind of coalition.

mojo
mojo

FYI, Alameel is Lebanese. Not Hispanic.

Juan Valdez
Juan Valdez

 Of course he is lebanese. But he is sure milking the fact that his wife is Mexican (?) and he used to pick strawberries with Cesar Chavez. Furthermore, he speaks very good Spanish. Almost no accent.

Da Truth
Da Truth

Can't say much for his English then.

scottindallas
scottindallas

 I suspected he had ME roots from his name.  But, he seems like he's trying to look like he's Hispanic, and has a hint of a Hispanic accent covering his Semitic accent.

Juan Valdez
Juan Valdez

He's constantly in Univision and telemundo commercials. (Bet you guys dont watch those). So, Im sure its more than 2M. Hes catering for that hispanic vote like I have never seen before. Speaks spanish fluently. It will be interesting to see if hispanics take the time to vote for him. (And of course I meant the thousands of legal ones in Dallas).

Omar Jimenez
Omar Jimenez

Uhhhh I still do, did he really founded Jefferson Dental Clinics? I prefer watching Channel 23.

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