The Dallas County GOP is Already Using Craig Watkins' No-Show as Fundraising Pitch

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Dallas County District Attorney Craig Watkins was scheduled to testify this morning at a hearing on whether he abused his office to perform a favor for a political donor. As you know by now, he didn't show up, explaining through a proxy that, though he was at work, he was simply too ill.

It took Dallas County Republicans all of two seconds to pounce. The party dispatched a fundraising email (headline: "Dallas County Democrats show blatant disregard for the law. Again.") using Watkins' no-show this morning as a call to open wallets.

The email continues:

How many of us who failed to appear in court would be spared from any legal consequences or repercussions? Watkins, who makes over $160,000 a year working for the taxpayers of Dallas County, doesn't seem to be worried about it.

It's time we, the taxpayers of Dallas County, fire Craig Watkins for his poor job performance and lack of integrity. Donate today, and your contributions will help to build the infrastructure that we need to get Democrats like Watkins out and Republicans in. For as little as $17.76 per month or $220 per year you can become a member of the Patriot Club and help rid Dallas County of these corrupt officials.

They certainly get points for speed, and for the clever use of the nation's birthday as the monthly contribution amount to reflect the year the country declared independence. Watkins and company would never have thought of that one.


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mcdallas
mcdallas

So, what I get from this story is the following fundraising strategy in DalCo right now:

Dallas County Republicans: begging for $17.76 per person.

Dallas County Democrats: taking bribe money to the tune of thousands of dollars in exchange for political favors.

cantkeepthetruthdown
cantkeepthetruthdown

This guy must be prescient. He advocates for a bill that will basically let any black criminal go free because they are black..

That must be his own legal strategy

mavdog
mavdog topcommenter

Good for them, this is what they should do. The more publicity regarding Watkin's conduct the better.

must point out however that it isn't the Dallas County GOP that should strike fear in Watkins, he is looking over his shoulder at Creuzot. And for good reason.

casiepierce
casiepierce

Huh... Schutze writes about Detroit and gets 80-some comments (supposedly) defending Dallas. Or dissing Detroit for its corrupt politics and politicians. Then one of own does something very sketchy, pretty well blatantly disregarding the very laws he's sworn to uphold.... and six comments? I think I finally figured out what's wrong with this town.

kergo1spaceship
kergo1spaceship

poor, poor dallas, the sh+thole of texas.... makes houston look like fiji!

libtardguilt
libtardguilt

"The Dallas County GOP is Already Using Craig Watkins' No-Show as Fundraising Pitch"

So? So what? Why shouldn't they?

cynicaloldbastard
cynicaloldbastard

" whether he abused his office to perform a favor for a political donor."

As if almost every elected official in this country doesn't abuse their office to perform a favor for a political donor.

ruddski
ruddski

Trying to make money on the poor man's health problems. How cold.

RTGolden1
RTGolden1 topcommenter

@bvckvs Interesting that you would automatically assume someone who posts something you don't like is a Republican.  Bigotry is bigotry, and you got it buddy.

mavdog
mavdog topcommenter

@cantkeepthetruthdown 

you have a very difficult time with accuracy and honesty.

the legislation advocated by Watkins would allow for convictions to be examined to ascertain if the race of the defendant influenced the outcome.

why anyone would be against such a concept is beyond me, unless of course that person advocated using race to prejudice the administration of justice.

Guesty
Guesty

@mavdog It will be interesting to see how this plays out.  Elected officials in both political parties circle the wagons around incumbents during primaries, even when the incumbent has shown they do not deserve the job.  It is part of an incumbent mentality that all primary challengers should be discouraged, which is really just about preserving their own job security.  Talk to any elected official, they will tell you they are more concerned about drawing a primary challenger than an opponent in the general election.   

If you need evidence, look no further than when Terri Hodge drew a primary challenger while she was under indictment.  She received the endorsement of many elected Democrats that I had respect for.  The message was sent loud and clear.  If you challenge an incumbent, you will be all alone on an island.     

James080
James080

@casiepierce 

Why are you surprised?  Dallas is a Democrat stronghold, Watkins is a Democrat and a minority. Not many people care what he does. The prevailing attitude on Watkins, as well as pols like JWPrice, is that while they may crooks, at least their "our" crooks. Republicans are no better...they keep re-electing Governor Good Hair. 

animas
animas

The point is he will have to show up eventually.  The whole story will emerge, which isn't always tidy for the other side either--as for Blue and Hill --rich people who owe each other money are kind of tiresome...

P1Gunter
P1Gunter

@kergo1spaceship You could've at least said Austin. No one likes Houston.

WylieH
WylieH

@cynicaloldbastard The difference, here, is that the DA is sworn to uphold the law.  He has the power to essentially destroy lives rather than merely channel juicy contracts to close friends and associates.

animas
animas

Do you have some personal experience in that area?

Guesty
Guesty

@mavdog @cantkeepthetruthdown Agreed that cantkeepthetruthdown has a difficult time with accuracy.  But I don't think your second paragraph is true either.  There are practical reasons for not revisiting 40-50% of all criminal cases in the state, not the least of which being we don't have the resources to do it (there also are problems with collecting the evidence on old cases, the attorneys involved may no longer be around, etc.).  I've worked for innocence commissions, and it is very difficult and time consuming work.  I imagine a commission that reevaluates cases to determine if race of the defendant influenced the outcome would be much more difficult because it assumes you look at cases even if the evidence generally supports the conviction (something that in innocence commission cases very clearly rules out 70-80% of cases at initial screening).  If you set up such a commission, almost every minority prisoner in the state of Texas will petition for a review of their case.  

I haven't looked at the specifics of Watkins' proposal, but if it doesn't effectively deal with these issues, I would oppose it.  And I very strongly oppose using race to prejudice the administration of justice.  Your response to cantkeepthetruthdown is what enables bigots like him because it confirms their view that liberals (of which I consider myself one) are too quick to play the racist card.      

WylieH
WylieH

@James080 @casiepierce Watkins barely won his last re-election campaign.  If the Democratic machine is smart, they will throw their support behind Creuzot to avoid the real possibility of losing this position to the Republicans.

mavdog
mavdog topcommenter

@@Guesty

"state prosecutors get a say"? if there is reason to investigate their conduct in a trial where the defendant's race was a factor? seriously????

we're talking about "people who can show they were [are] innocent"! holy cow that's the point, the measure isn't to look at the truly guilty, it's to look at those whose guilt is questionable, who were not given a fair /impartial trial. you really should read up on this.

what is "dumb" guesty is your failure to see what was posted. The post stated: "why anyone would be against such a concept is beyond me, unless of course that person advocated using race to prejudice the administration of justice". a concept that a person convicted was provided a fair trial not influenced by race, and for an appeal to be able to use evidence of any racial influence.

why do you bring up a "new commission" ? isn't included in either the Ken or N Carolina Racial Justice Acts, and not in anything proposed in TX either. sheesh.

Guesty
Guesty

@mavdog @Guesty @cantkeepthetruthdown You don't think the state prosecutors should get a say?  How about the victims?  The commission itself also will have a lot of work.  We're talking about hundreds of thousands of cases.  And we're not talking about people who can show they were innocent.  The Innocence Project only deals with cases where the defendant claims and can show innocence, which would be a small fraction of the affected cases.    

You didn't just accuse the poster of being a racist.  You accused anyone that opposed the notion of a creating a new commission to evaluate every case that the defendant claims was affected by race.  And that wasn't just wrong, it was dumb.  

mavdog
mavdog topcommenter

@Guesty @mavdog @cantkeepthetruthdown 

then we disagree. I find it ridiculous to argue that examing if a trial was prejudiced by the defendant's race is a bad use of or waste of time and effort.

for the most part, such devotion of time, effort and resources is made by either the defendant's legal team or outside groups such as the Innocence Project. The state wouldn't be devoting their resources to investigate.

as for "too quick to play the racist card", holy smokes look at the post and the history of that poster. you're wrong.

WylieH
WylieH

@casiepierce @WylieH @James080 Difference in Hodge's case was that she was likely to be re-elected, so there was no danger of the "machine" losing control.  In Watkins' case, he was already extremely vulnerable to Republican challenge (he almost lost the last election), so Democrats may need to "sub" someone else (e.g. Cruezot) to maintain control of the position.

casiepierce
casiepierce

@WylieH @James080 @casiepierce Are these the same Democrats who urged their precinct chairs to endorse Terri Hodge? After she was sentenced? So they could do a political end-run around the election process in order to oust Eric Johnson? Those "smart" Democrats?

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