When HUD Releases Its Segregation Settlement With Dallas, Someone Is Going to Get Smoked

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It's me or Rudy, people. One or the other of us gonna get smoked.

Oh, man, I shouldn't even tell you about this. I guess it's me and Rudy Bush, "High Noon," "OK Corral," all those old movies. One of us has got to wind up on his back in the horseshit with his toes in the air. I promise I'll let you know which one it is, if I still can.

Bush is a former City Hall reporter at The Dallas Morning News, now on the editorial board, meaning he writes editorials. A very solid hand. Couple days ago apparently he motored out to the mayor's house where the mayor was recovering from a hip operation. They had a one-on-one about the big HUD racial segregation case against Dallas that's just now coming to the final showdown.

Bush wrote an editorial based on that interview. I told you about it yesterday. He implied broadly that Mayor Mike Rawlings had jaw-boned HUD into submission.

Last year HUD said it had concluded a four-year federal investigation of Dallas with findings that elected officials and city staff had colluded over a 10-year period to increase racial segregation. Bush's piece gave the impression Rawlings (and presumably City Attorney Warren Ernst) had pretty well knocked HUD's argument to pieces and that HUD is now in at least partial retreat.

See also: In Fight Over Dallas' Racist Housing Policies, HUD Threw the Whistleblowers Under the Bus

The Bush editorial also included a very specific suggestion that HUD had agreed to throw the whistle-blowers who first reported Dallas under the bus. He made it sound as if HUD is abandoning an earlier demand that Dallas make Curtis Lockey and his partners whole on a downtown tower re-do deal. Lockey says his group got screwed by the city because they tried to obey the law on desegregation.

So great is my respect for Bush, so vast and deep my reverence for The Dallas Morning News editorial page -- it's almost a religious thing with me -- I took Bush's editorial at face value. I even wrote a follow-up piece yesterday based entirely on my faith in the accuracy of Bush's reporting.

I did lament HUD's willingness to slit the throats of the whistle-blowers on the courthouse steps. Just didn't seem right to me. And I did say it was a poor start for the just-sworn-in new HUD secretary, Julian Castro. This is supposed to be a national landmark case. How good a start is it for him to take a dive?

Yesterday Bush was in a highly triumphal mood, tweeting stuff about me like, "Bitter, bitter, bitter. I've been trying not to scrap with you about you being wrong." You know, wrong on the HUD case. I had written for years that it was a big deal and that Lockey and his group were cool. Now Rudy and the mayor say it's a junk case and Lockey is a loser. That's what he means.

What inspired him to tweet that? Gosh, I don't know. What? I have no idea. What? Well, maybe I do. He posted an earlier tweet about the mayor being at the City Council meeting yesterday: "Like 5 days ago, this man had his hipbone bored out and replaced with a big metal ball. Back to work."

I tweeted back, "No French kissing, OK?"

So, you have to understand, journalism is a craft, not a profession. Sometimes it gets like that. I poked him for sucking up to the mayor, and he came back all big and bad on me because he had the story about HUD tossing the whistle-blowers under the bus and I didn't. In this line of work, it's our immaturity that keeps us young.

Oh, but guess what! Later in the day yesterday I learned from very good sources close to City Hall that Rudy's piece may have been complete bullshit. It's possible the mayor and the city attorney don't have squat for a deal yet and that Bush got played.

I honestly don't know which one of us will turn out to be right in the end -- that's the OK Corral part -- but there is a distinct possibility the mayor had no deal at all with HUD and that HUD has not agreed to abandon the Lockey group.

Why would the mayor call Rudy out there and show him his hip and shit and tell him he had a done deal on the HUD complaint? I don't know.

I guess even if I win and it turns out Bush got played, I lose because I said all that bad stuff abut Castro at HUD, which may have been very unfair. But I swear, I only said that because I believed Rudy Bush and The Dallas Morning News. Is that a legal defense? I believed the Morning News! I don't even know if that's a moral defense.

It really just didn't occur to me that Bush would have written an entire editorial painting the HUD deal as done with regard to Lockey, and the News would have run it, and they had no confirmation.

At this moment I can tell you this much for sure. They did not have confirmation. They do not know that one word in Bush's editorial is true. All they know is that the mayor wanted them to believe it, and they did. The mayor and the city attorney may have no deal at all.

But that doesn't mean Bush won't be right in the end. Tell you what. If it turns out the mayor and the city attorney do have a deal in hand and the whistle-blowers do get their throats slit by HUD, I will eat the requisite amount of crow here. I am looking for recipes now.

On the other hand, if it turns out Rudy Bush ran out to the mayor's house, sat at his bloody hip, wrote a gushy editorial about how the mayor had it in the bag and the Lockey group was already under the bus, and none of that was true? And then Bush the next day tweets me about he's right and I'm wrong? What do you think he should eat? I'm thinking of some recipes for that, too.


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noblefurrtexas
noblefurrtexas

Reading this, I was doing just fine until I stumbled in disbelief over the following paragraph:


"So great is my respect for Bush, so vast and deep my reverence for The Dallas Morning News editorial page -- it's almost a religious thing with me -- I took Bush's editorial at face value. I even wrote a follow-up piece yesterday based entirely on my faith in the accuracy of Bush's reporting."

(Note to self:  Don't drink coffee when reading Schutze in full hyperbole mode.  :)  )

I have nothing but disdain for a major housing agency that tries to force integration on people because the are poor or in need of help, and cannot grasp the concept that MOST people like living in enclaves of people like them in terms of race, language culture, and - generally - education.  We learned this during the busing fiasco as a part of school integration, and the loudest objections came from black parents. 


Because of the refusal of the economy to allow itself to be much improved, more and more people are depending on HUD for housing assistance or relief.  And, that's a terrible record for America. 


Hopefully Mayor Castro has enough grasp on what he should be doing instead of what others have done, that he makes changes in purpose that better reflect the nature and feelings of security of the rest of America.

stifki
stifki

Below is the link to watch the recording of Castro's HUD Confirmation Hearing. Its very interesting to watch in its entirety, but if you move the timer to 15 minutes you will hear Castro mention some very important goals of his , including "enforcement of Fair Housing Laws." He also mentions his mother worked for the San Antonio Housing Authority...............and that he lived in public housing with his single mother and brother.......question asked by Senator about his position on Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing @ 55 minutes.........another remark by Castro to provide more opportunity by the creation of desperately needed affordable housing @ 34 minutes....



http://www.c-span.org/video/?319983-1/hud-secretary-confirmation-hearing

PerryMoore
PerryMoore

Mr. Rawlings, take this advice: "Never let anyone outside the family know what you're thinking." (Don Corleone, The Godfather.)

Especially reporters.

James080
James080

 "It really just didn't occur to me that Bush would have written an entire editorial painting the HUD deal as done with regard to Lockey, and the News would have run it, and they had no confirmation"  -- Schutze

 And someone at the DO ran with that without verifying it from a second source. Pot, meet kettle.  This this duel isn't going to be the OK Corral, it's going to be more of a "one legged ass-kicking contest."

hwy77
hwy77

Quite a mess here, but predictably so given the cast of characters; federal bureaucrats/politicians, big city bureaucrats/politicians, and property developers. I don't see the good guys in this drama, but I don't know any of them personally so may be missing something.

maxim2
maxim2

Kinda wondering how Democrat Julian Castro is feeling about his fellow Democratic member Mayor Rawlings now that he got poured out by him? With Democratic friends like Rawlings who needs enemies?

CousinRudy
CousinRudy

There is no question who is wrong: Rudy Bush. Dude's been an error-prone disaster for decades. Go back and see how many mistakes that guy has made. What is funny is to see the media club toasting him right now, which tells you we got nothing in Dallas. Rudy Bush: the best Dallas Morning News columnist since Steve Blow.

Cliffhanger
Cliffhanger

My guess is that Rawlings--who I'm sorry, I just don't think is particularly bright--heard what he wanted to hear and isn't really able to keep up with a conversation that probably involved a lot of legal technicalities. He probably genuinely believes he got a deal, regardless of wht happened.

tbarker1
tbarker1

Sounds like there was some sampling of pain killers, just saying

gregmarcydagama1
gregmarcydagama1

For an old guy, you are a pretty funny mofu, Schutze. Good work. ~ / ~ OM

Chattering_Monkey
Chattering_Monkey

Maybe they did have a deal, and the Mayor does have Rudy over and Rudy gives the tug n rub, then writes the editorial which got back to HUD yesterday morning and now HUD is pissed that this is out there and so now there actually isnt a deal and the whole thing backfires and HUD puts the screws to Dallas.  That would be great.   sorry for the run on sentence.

keepinitreal1
keepinitreal1

"I did lament HUD's willingness to slit the throats of the whistle-blowers on the courthouse steps. Just didn't seem right to me. And I did say it was a poor start for the just-sworn-in new HUD secretary, Julian Castro. This is supposed to be a national landmark case. How good a start is it for him to take a dive?"


As another commenter said yesterday, the buck stops with Castro at HUD. I am sure he is briefed on this issue and having to make the ultimate decisions. You cant be the head of a federal agency and deny authority when its convenient and for political purposes. 


Just like President Obama has said many times regarding what happens in his administration: the buck stops with him. 


Sorry, you have to be man enough to make hard decisions and live with it. Otherwise, he needs to go back to the San Antonio City Council. 


James_the_P3
James_the_P3

Ah, the Otter Defense:  "you fucked up; you trusted us."

Montemalone
Montemalone topcommenter

I'm pretty sure you use the same recipe for hips as for ribs,

Smoke'em slow and steady for a long time, then slather a little sauce on when done.

mavdog
mavdog topcommenter

"All gunfighters are lonely. They live in fear. They die without a dime, a woman or a friend"

Wyatt Earp, Gunfight at the OK Corral

rbush3
rbush3

@CousinRudy Remember this dear cousin. There's no question who's wrong. 


sostel
sostel

@Chattering_Monkey


If true, shame on HUD for being so unethical to have such an agreement with the violators. No matter what, bad actors will be exposed. 

sostel
sostel

@keepinitreal1


Also as reported by another poster in a prior article:


The Editorial was written right after Rawlings and Castro had a phone 

call (the weekend prior to the editorial being published).


Who else could have given Rawlings such confidence to have Bush come over to his house to disclose these "facts" for the editorial? Then, have the editorial written immediately thereafter. 


What else would have given the Editorial board such confidence to write such a piece without confirming with HUD the validity of the story? 


Simple, Rawlings had the phone call with Castro (as told by City Hall sources) and then the dominoes started to fall..................here comes the editorial like a bull in a china closet.  

t-bone1
t-bone1

@wcvemail @t-bone1


If Castro doesnt handle this by the book, the Republicans will use this to fry his ass when he runs with Hillary or it will be so bad she cant pick him as a running mate. Hundreds of millions of misspent, fraudulent, federal desegregation dollars, yeah.  

wcvemail
wcvemail

@sostel @Chattering_Monkey

Bearing in mind that this is a hypothetical scenario (but not that run-on sentence, that was all too real) -- I don't see shame. A plea deal/settlement in court is frequently the best use of the taxpayers' money and time. If such a settlement included stipulations as to confidentiality, at least until HUD got to make news with a press release, then yeah, it seems HUD would have the right to cancel. Either way, the bad actors will be exposed, so justice (as it's bought and sold today) will be served.

Chattering_Monkey
Chattering_Monkey

@sostel @Chattering_Monkey Shame on HUD?  It's their money, it's their playground, it's their rules.  If they feel Dallas was fucking them around again, they can do what they want.  Have you never seen a deal reneged on because the "situation" changed?  And it sounds like, even if there is still a deal, its a verbal, there is nothing in writing, no signatures, nada.

JimSX
JimSX topcommenter

@sostel @keepinitreal1

You are assuming that the Rawlings/Rudy construction is a truthful reflection of Castro's personal assurances. Big leap.

JimSX
JimSX topcommenter

@t-bone1 @wcvemail

Mmm, I dunno. Republicans complaining about segregation? A little hard to imagine in the age of Obamaphobia.

sostel
sostel

@JimSX @sostel @keepinitreal1


From the editorial:


"Meanwhile, city attorneys have been frantically working with HUD to get a better deal. The feds have agreed to scuttle any payments to Lockey and MacKenzie. That’s a good start. If there are legitimate issues with the city’s housing policies, those should be addressed. But forcing Dallas taxpayers to pay off two guys with a bad deal was ludicrous. It calls into question HUD’s credibility on the entire matter."


I understand if this is a lie from Bush and Rawlings, then that is that, but its kinda hard to misinterpret such a simple condition confirmed by the other guy on the phone. 


t-bone1
t-bone1

@JimSX @t-bone1 @wcvemail


Couldnt agree more, but Republicans will take anything they can use to take down Hillary. They wont use the segregation word, no, they will use the fraud word. 


Case in point: Why is Politico covering Castro's misuse of HUD funds? 

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