Lawrence B. Jones, Star of the Obamacare Sting, Tries Gonzo Tactics in Garland ISD Board Race

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Garland ISD trustee Scott Luna typically has a clear path to victory. Three times he's been up for election, three times his name has been the only one on the ballot.

Not this time. He has a challenger, 21-year-old Lawrence Billy Jones III, and now Luna's become embroiled in a minor scandal.

The scandal, as reported by The Dallas Morning News, is this: On February 28, the deadline for filing to run in the May school board election, Luna put in a call to associate Garland ISD Superintendent Gary Reeves (on leave over the district's H1-B visa scandal), who Jones counts as an advisor.

See also: Meet Lawrence B. Jones III, the UNT Student Behind the Obamacare-Navigator Sting

Jones released a recording of the conversation on Wednesday, saying it showed Luna trying to buy him out of the race. Here's the transcript, via the Morning News:

Scott Luna: I think you're the only one that can talk to him. If you call and tell him that you're going to support me that's going to take the wind out of his sails.

Gary Reeves: I'll call him this afternoon, Scott, and see what he says. I didn't know if he was going to run or not.

Luna: Well, he is. He's filed against me. He only has until 5 o'clock to go and change.

Reeves: OK

Luna: And I know some people that'll give him some money and you know probably the same people I'm talking about, if he wants to try and get in on the other one. (Note: Garland ISD trustees are elected at large) So I'm in your corner. I hope you know that.

Reeves: Scott, aren't there already three people running in that other race?

(They discuss the three candidates for Place 4).

Luna: If you can call him, he can go change between now and 5 o'clock. But after 5 o'clock he can't change.

Reeves: It's locked in then.

Luna: It's locked in then.

Reeves: All right. I'll do it.

Luna: See if you can help me.

Reeves: OK.

Luna: You're the only hope.

Reeves: OK.

Luna says the exchange was innocent, a piece of friendly advice that Jones would have a better shot in another race rather than an attempt to buy off a rival. A bit of a stretch, but maybe.

There's another question worth asking, though: Why was Reeves recording the conversation in the first place?

For that, it's worth knowing a bit of context the Morning News for some reason leaves out. Jones has done this before. You probably remember him as the guy who punked local Obamacare navigators to great effect as part of conservative provocateur James O'Keefe's Project Veritas sting, going undercover and recording the navigators encouraging him to lie on his healthcare application.

Clearly, Jones learned the political value of the "gotcha" moment. It's also possible that he picked up O'Keefe's famously misleading editing techniques.

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Regardless, it is certainly exciting to see our President,our elegant First Lady, and John Lewis in Austin today celebrating the work of LBJ in moving the civil rights movement forward.  It certainly makes all Texan's proud of to be part of such a monumental movement.  

casiepierce
casiepierce

How exactly is this trying to "buy" someone off? He asked the guy if he could change the kid's mind. It's done all the time, not illegal nor unethical. What a little twit.

roo_ster
roo_ster

"It's also possible that he picked up O'Keefe's famously misleading editing techniques."

Yep, posting the video in its entirety for folks to verify that the shorter video edited by O'Keefe for mass consumption is on the money is "famously misleading."  How better to mislead folk than to give them the entirety of the data?

oakclifftownie
oakclifftownie

Gonzo tactics work and are well received and rewarded when used correctly .

They have their proper place proper time and proper targets.


I strongly doubt Scott LUNA is a DEMOCRAT

I don't think  Lawrence Billy Jones III is doing his self any favors when it comes to his future in the GOP  by bringing grief to an establishment  good old boy


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TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

Whereupon we now are to dismiss the fraud exposed by O'Keefe which is evident in the unedited videos, while avoiding, as usual, any mention of the many, many frauds coming from the highest levels of government in enacting Obamacare.

Apropos to that, I just happened to catch this interview on Face The Nation, which illustrates the willingness of journalists - who are supposed to seek truth and accountability from government, even to the point of being adversarial.

Look at this particular exchange, it's hilarious.

BOB SCHIEFFER: Do you think the president was well briefed on this plan? Did he know all the ins and outs of it? You know, he said at one point, "If you like you'll plan, you'll be able to keep it. If you like your doctor, you'll be able to keep it." Then he had to backtrack on that.

DAN PFEIFFER: Well, I think as relates particularly to the website, we have said we did not get the information we needed. We made changes to ensure that never happens again and sure we got the website fixed. Where there have been problems, we have sought to fix them right away. Implementing a big piece of legislation like this is very challenging. We've seen this before with Medicare and Social Security and other similar pieces. And what we're going to do is make sure that going forward, we hit all of the marks and do everything we can if everyone is focused every day on doing it right.

Bob accepts that without question and moves on. Good job, comrade!

dingo
dingo

O'Keefe's famously misleading editing techniques.

Pot Kettle.

holmantx
holmantx topcommenter

They (navigators) needed punkin'.

Good to see his blackness is no defense when it comes to Liberal purity.

CornyDoggy
CornyDoggy

@sgtmajorbill  


You think so? Try googleing the tactics, unedited versions, and final court rulings on O'Keefe's work

sgtmajorbill
sgtmajorbill

@undefined

very droll

+1 internet for you

sincerely, all texan's

ghkyluhhje
ghkyluhhje

@roo_ster Ha, you're the  typical conservatard: lie, and then brag about lying.

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

@roo_ster

You have to watch the video to see what's in the video, so they're probably unaware of what's actually in the video.

RTGolden1
RTGolden1 topcommenter

@oakclifftownie "I strongly doubt Scott LUNA is a DEMOCRAT"  Interesting observation, even more interesting is I can't find anything, anywhere on the net that indicates a party for Luna.  There are several stories that have Jones running as the 'conservative' choice in the race, but no party affiliation for him either.  Perhaps school board candidates eschew party affiliation, or political parties are loathe to get embroiled in so touchy a political arena?

ghkyluhhje
ghkyluhhje

@dingo You apparently don't understand the expression, "pot meet kettle".

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

@holmantx

C'mon man, you know it's the left that defines Blackness.

That the black community is essentially a one-party politically fascist entity is just a reflection of the modern liberal embrace of totalitarianism. One-hundred percent consensus is preferable, a nation which is split roughly 50/50 politically is torn and fractured, and dis-agreement is obstructionism, which demands from the president unilateral action!

Ничего нового под солнцем

casiepierce
casiepierce

@bvckvs @casiepierceGive HIM some money, as in a campaign donation. Funny thing about campaign contributions- they are not considered to be bribes.

sgtmajorbill
sgtmajorbill

@ghkyluhhje

You're a typical liberal: classy, intelligent, well-mannered, well-bred, insightful and pure. Thank you for showing us the light. You've earned our eternal respect.

roo_ster
roo_ster

@tdkisok @roo_ster  

O'Keefe had nothing to do with that particular damning video.

Edited or complete, the video Brietbart released (he released the entirety of the video he had at the time) was damning.  Damning to Sherrod, as she admitted to intentional discrimination on the basis of race and doubly-damning to the NAACP as the buffoons cackled with glee at the thought of sticking it to a white farmer.


The later video shed no more light than the original...to which Brietbart had added a sympathetic note, "eventually, her basic humanity informs that this white man is poor and needs help."

holmantx
holmantx topcommenter

@TheRuddSki  

There is a Triad that bashes every black man who has the temerity to speak out in favor of Conservatism and Individual Liberty.  Bottom line - don't go public.

The Press, the Poverty Pimps and the Left descend upon the fearless ones with the kind of blistering invective they use on Republicans, only with an added dash of condescension.   In essence, they are what they flick.  I think all the minorities, so some extent, either stay in the closet or just don't engage.  With this kind of whip hand it is easier to be a low-information voter or just remain totally disenfranchised.

RTGolden1
RTGolden1 topcommenter

@bvckvs Try reading it again, you-who-claim-to-be-a-producer of DISD.  Nobody was suggesting the kid not campaign, but that he campaign for a different seat.

I'm not saying there's nothing shady going on, there obviously is.  But you missed the details in your quest for grandiosity.

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

@bvckvs

Knowing that you're "in education", we can understand that complicated things are hard. The answer to your confusion is in the following paragraph.

Luna: And I know some people that'll give him some money and you know probably the same people I'm talking about, if he wants to try and get in on the other one. (Note: Garland ISD trustees are elected at large) So I'm in your corner. I hope you know that.

Here's a hint, the key to why a donation is not a bribe here is contained within the parenthesis, and the preceding verbiage: if he wants to try and get in on the other one.

Hope that helps, perfesser!

Anon
Anon

Note to GISD voters: Never talk with Lawrence or his supporters, especially Reeves, on the phone again. You should assume you are being recorded without your knowledge.

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

@holmantx

It's always been here, and everywhere. It just rears its ugly head when the timing is advantageous and empowering.

At this time, the sickness starts at the top. It's not incurable though.

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

@holmantx

The blacks I've known who harbor secret conservative views and vote republican tend to stay closeted. What they describe is why I call it a fascist community.

BTW, the libs - having brought down one man who dared hold wrong views, has now managed a purge of another woman of color who fights for Women's rights - Hirsi Ali - out of deference to Islamistsis.

Now, they are going after Condoleezza Rice in Silicon Valley.

The purges are really gaining steam, I wonder who they are going after next in the interests of "tolerance & diversity?

It's a damn good thing there is no such thing as "Liberal Fascism", eh?

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