Mr. Hill, the city's mayor pro tem, did not specify why he believed federal authorities did not want him to become mayor. But he said an agent told him the evening his office and home were raided in June 2005 that his career was finished.
... Federal authorities were quick to deny Mr. Hill's allegations, saying the mayoral election had nothing to do with their investigation. While they continued to decline to discuss specifics of the investigation, their comments Tuesday were the most comprehensive statements that authorities have made about the case.
"Any investigation we have is not politically motivated. It's just not going to happen," U.S. Attorney Richard Roper said Tuesday when told of Mr. Hill's statements. "He's never brought this complaint to the attention of the U.S. attorney's office."
... Mr. Hill conceded Tuesday that he had not filed a complaint against the agent he says made the remarks. But he didn't back away from his belief that the investigation was politically motivated.
... Mr. Hill is trying to appeal to a segment of voters who have deep-seated distrust of the FBI.
... Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price, who is supporting former council member and banker Max Wells, said the investigation is irrelevant to voters in southern Dallas.
"It's desperation, unfortunately," he said. "The FBI has nothing to do with who we are supporting and who we are not supporting. Don should know that."
... Mr. Hill has acknowledged that other candidates are trying to pry voters from his base.
Radio talk show host Willis Johnson is running a southern sector campaign for former Turner Corp. CEO Tom Leppert that includes support from Friendship West Baptist Church Pastor Frederick Haynes.
Former council members Al Lipscomb, Diane Ragsdale and Don Hicks are backing Mr. Wells. Mr. Hicks is Mr. Hill's former law partner.
In a twist, council member and mayoral candidate Ed Oakley urged voters to reject the advice of those endorsing North Dallas candidates in favor of Mr. Hill or himself. Both men live in Oak Cliff. ...