Did Marc Veasey Call a Civil Rights Icon Senile? Domingo Garcia Says Yes.

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Candidates Marc Veasey and Domingo Garcia. Believe it or not, they're members of the same party.
There are 11 candidates in the crowded Democratic primary for the new congressional district spanning from Oak Cliff to Fort Worth, but the race is quickly sinking into a political pissing match involving just two as the May 29 primary approaches.

Marc Veasey, a state representative from Fort Worth, and Domingo Garcia, a longtime activist who has served on the Dallas City Council and in the Legislature, have been trading blows on almost daily.

This morning, Veasey held a news conference and photo op with former Democratic Congressman Martin Frost in front of the General Motors plant in Arlington to blast Garcia for saying the company's SUVs are "not good for America," that the management of American Airlines is reprehensible, and that Garcia wouldn't defend F-35 Joint Strike Fighter projects to save jobs at Lockheed Martin.

To which Garcia preemptively responded (his words, not mine) "Shame on Mark Veasey and Martin Frost!" The pair are simply doing the bidding of their corporate bosses, Garcia wrote. And: "Candidates who are behind usually get desperate and start making false charges."

Zing!

Unspooling somewhat more slowly is the tit-for-tat over an endorsement of Garcia by the Reverend Joseph Lowery, a civil rights icon who co-founded, with Martin Luther King Jr., the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.

Veasey sent out a two-paragraph press release expressing regret that Lowery was backing Garcia, and that was that. Except is wasn't, because yesterday, Garcia reminded us with a tweet:

Senile? Hmm. I reread Veasey's release to see if I'd missed something:

Rev. Lowery is a hero of the civil rights movement and his contribution to our country is enormous.  That being said, I don't think he has been briefed very well about this race or about North Texas or about the candidates running in Congressional District 33. There is only one candidate is this race who fought to make sure that the Voting Rights Act was enforced for minorities everywhere in the District and that was me.    Domingo Garcia in fact ended up cutting a bad bargain with the Republicans that hurt minority voters all over Texas.  I doubt that Rev. Lowery is aware of this.  So I welcome Rev. Lowery to North Texas, I look forward to being able to talk to him as a member of Congress to seek his good counsel and share with him our challenges here in North Texas.

Sure, Veasey implies that the 90-year-old Lowery isn't terribly well-informed about the race, but mostly he's taking jabs at Garcia. I didn't see the word "senile" anywhere, so I called up the Veasey campaign to see if Veasey had dropped the s-bomb on another occasion.

"I'm fairly sure that he did not," said Anthony Gutierrez, a campaign spokesman.

Maybe Veasey had said something ("see the Nile"? "denial"?) that Garcia had misunderstood.

Nope. Garcia said the tweet was a response to Veasey's email about Lowery's endorsement.

"I just found it a little shocking that my opponent would go after an icon of the civil rights movement like that," Garcia told Unfair Park Wednesday. Veasey may not have actually used the word "senile," but "that's the way Reverend Lowery took it," he said.

So maybe when he put the quotation marks around it in that first tweet, he was actually quoting Lowery, and not Veasey? Because Lowery most definitely says senile.

There are no hard polling numbers on the race, but The Dallas Morning News' political writer Gromer Jeffers thinks the race will come down to a two-person runoff, and Veasey and Garcia seem likely to be the last two standing.

That means this thing could go on beyond May 29, which just makes it all the more important to focus on the real issues, like who has the coolest yard signs.

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Chlonghorn89
Chlonghorn89

To those that choose to run for office against Domingo...a bit of advice; "Do not argue with an idiot. He will drag you down to his level and beat you with experience."

Signed,

Latino's with an Education

Bettyculbreath
Bettyculbreath

God help Rev.Lowery I agree with Veasey I don't think Lowery knows a lot about this race or any other race in Dallas and Fort Worth.

I am a candidate for Commissioner District 3 people living downtown Dallas are in District 3 please vote for me.

Diane Birdwell
Diane Birdwell

Senile implies impaired faculties. Shame on Domingo Garcia for implying otherwise.

Veasey is only implying uninformed decision. Big difference, but if I were him, I would have left it alone.

NOBODY under age 50 knows who the belived Rev Lowery is/was to the Civil Rights Movement. (Blame TAKS.)

I was so happy to see the icon of leadership of the 1960's at the J J Democratic dinner the other night, but the man does not live in Texas, is not able to participate the way he once could, so the fact that he even made an endorsement surprises me. In fact, in that light, why would Garcia even want it? Would I be so cynical as to say that he is trying to play, "Nana, nana--boo, boo, I got a black leader to endorse me" game?

Why yes, I would. Color me a realist in Dallas.

engmofo
engmofo

Voting for the Dead Possum is sounding better & better by the hour

trudat
trudat

...boy errand senile...errand senile boy... senile errand boy whatever...what I want to know is what do the candidates say they are going to do and what is the evidence that they will do it...or not...who takes orders from the 99% and who takes orders from the 1 % or whatever...

lorlee
lorlee

Someone may think those are cool yardsigns, but speaking as a veteran of more campaigns than I care to recall, -- the purpose of a yardsign is name recognition and to be able to read your name at 50 feet.  Anything else on there is extraneous.  The only hope for these is that someone gets close enough to read it and then anytime they see a jumble of blue and white, they know it is his sign.

JimS
JimS

I saw Andrew Young on TV about a year or so ago talking about a dispute among the leadership of the SCLC, and he said something to the effect that reporters kept going back to the same senior citizens for quotes without acknowledging that most people that old are crazy. As a person who finds himself in the company of the elderly now and again, I thought Young made an excellent point, especially if the seniors in question have had that fatal second glass of wine. That's about 90 percent of my problem with the Tea Party. The Joe Lowery/Domingo connection is all about crazy-ass Ralph Isenberg.  The best comment here is the one asking why 94 percent of Domingo's financial support comes from Domingo. Domingo, show me your huddled masses, and we can talk.

felipeuofmich
felipeuofmich

JimS unfortunately Dr. Josephy Lowery and Domingo Garcia have nothing to do with Isenberg...whoever he is.  Veasey took a hit at Dr. Lowery because of his need to discredit him.  Veasey may not have said "senile" but reading the printed response definitely is an attack on his "judgement".  Maybe I'm "senile" but it was Dr. Lowery, Al Sharpton and Julian Bond that took the lead and stood nationally together with their statement supporting Democratic President Barack Obama.  I guess Sharpton and Bond missed Andrew Young's memo...or maybe they also know and respect that Dr. Lowery is no where close to "being correctly briefed."

One would think that for once the Dallas Observer would be happy a minority is using their own 94% and not dependent upon the traditional "tribute" white envelope provided by those not so favorable donors.  Veasey reported less than $10,000 as his annual income.  So how does Mr. Veasey pay for a $45,000 Buick? The new house mortgage? Hummm.  But then I forgot, Veasey received funding from GM.

And when did "errand boy" become a racial slur?  People of all colors...Caucasian, African American, Hispanic, Asian, etc...are still referred to as "errand boys".  If Veasey is going to act like this over "errand boy", what is he going to do when the Republicans begin calling him far worse things in DC?  But then again, Veasey makes the acception for Republicans attacking Democrats.  Does the name Harold Simmons ring a bell?  The Republican who crowned Democratic President Barack Obama as the "world's most dangerous man"...but then it was okay because once again campaign finance reports show Veasey accepted $65,000 in illegal contributions to support his foul interests.

Veasey might not be the "golden boy"...oops i guess that is racial slur.  Forgive me.  Veasey might not be the "golden man" everyone thinks he is.  (And I promise no racial slur was intended by using "golden" and "boy" to describe Veasey.)

Veasey-ite
Veasey-ite

 Looks like Veasey is questioning  Lowery's endorsement of Garcia...what else do you expect from the opposition candidate in a primary?  To praise the endorsement Veasey wishes he would have got?  Unlikely. 

Aaron
Aaron

Typical politicians. Also, I guess today is "Bash Garcia Day" at the Dallas Observer. 

Cliffhanger
Cliffhanger

Every day is bash Garcia day. But then again, he's just so goshdarn bashable.

Titus Groan
Titus Groan

I guess, quotes, like statistics, are not intended to be taken factually nowadays.

Celebrate Divershitty already
Celebrate Divershitty already

Celebrate Divershitty, you white-guilt libtard "progressive advocacy journalists"!

Everything you have wasted your adult lives "advocating" for is coming true!

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