Race is a grab bag of Endorsements and Non-Endorsements.
When Councilman Don Hill endorsed Betty Culbreath in
her race against Vonceil Hill to replace Councilman Hill in District 5, I asked
if we might be expecting an endorsement of Tom Leppert by Councilman Hill.
Nobody knew. Yet, Councilman/Mayoral Candidate Ed Oakley has been pretty
confident that Don Hill would endorse him. In a 2 pm press conference at
City Hall on Wednesday, Councilman Hill announced his support of Tom Leppert for
Dallas Mayor Pro Tem Don Hill, who placed third in the city's May 12 general election, will endorse former construction company executive Tom Leppert for mayor, his former campaign spokesman said in an e-mail.
The endorsement comes just minutes after Mr. Leppert's mayoral runoff opponent, City Council member Ed Oakley, predicted Mr. Hill would either endorse him or make no endorsement at all.
"I didn't expect that. It's disappointing," Mr. Oakley said Wednesday afternoon. A formal announcement is scheduled for 2 p.m. Mr. Hill won more than 14 percent of the general election vote and carried several southern sector districts that may be pivotal in the June 16 runoff.
Meanwhile Wednesday afternoon, Dallas Mayor Laura Miller said she will remain neutral in the mayoral runoff and not endorse a successor. Likewise, Ms. Miller will not endorse any of the several candidates involved in council district runoffs, she said.
"Been there, done that," she said.
|This is a huge endorsement
because Ed Oakley must have a huge majority of the Southern Sector vote if he is
to be successful in the runoff election. Without Don Hill's support or at
least a non-endorsement of either candidate in the runoff, Ed Oakley's chances
are substantially reduced. Ed's polling must not be going well at all
because there is no other explanation for the viciously negative campaign he
continues to run after being uniformly criticized by most of the local media for
the tone of his campaign.
UPDATE: Now, Ed is accusing his former friend and
colleague of asking for $750,000 to endorse him. Really low!
Leppert gets Hill's support
; Dallas: Oakley says
he's surprised by decision from council colleague
Thursday, June 7, 2007
... Unexpected move
The news effectively shocked Mr. Leppert's runoff opponent, District 3 City Council member Ed Oakley, who as late as Wednesday afternoon predicted that Mr. Hill would endorse him or remain neutral.
"When we talked today, I said, 'Don, I just don't understand. This doesn't make any sense to me,' " Mr. Oakley said. "Don and I think alike on almost 95 percent of what we vote on in the city."
But Mr. Oakley also said members of Mr. Hill's former mayoral campaign approached him last month and explained that they wanted three installments of $250,000 each to join Mr. Oakley's campaign and help him coordinate his southern-sector get-out-the-vote effort.
"That is what was offered up, and I rejected this. I said there was absolutely no way I could do this," Mr. Oakley said, explaining that Mr. Hill's representatives, whom he did not list by name, implied that Mr. Hill's endorsement would follow the payments.
Mr. Oakley said he never discussed this matter directly with Mr. Hill, and Mr. Hill could not be reached for comment Wednesday evening. Leppert campaign consultant Carol Reed said neither Mr. Hill nor any of his representatives have any financial arrangement with the Leppert campaign.
"Not only was an offer not made, but it would not be accepted," Ms. Reed said.
Mr. Oakley's campaign has been receiving support from some of his vanquished opponents. He's got County Commissioner John Wiley Price, formerly a supporter of Max Wells, coaxing southern-sector voters through campaign mailers and commercials on black format radio stations.
Mr. Oakley and Mr. Hill have served together on the City Council for nearly six years, and the two men often ganged up on Mr. Leppert during the general election in touting the council's record of innovation and performance. Moreover, both men's political philosophies track left, and they identify as Democrats, while Mr. Leppert is a Republican who espouses relatively conservative ideals.
Although the mayoral race is nonpartisan, Mr. Oakley has earned the endorsement of the Dallas County Democratic Party and is blanketing southern-sector neighborhoods with a door-hanger-style advertisement featuring an unflattering picture of Mr. Leppert's face floating over the text, "Vote against REPUBLICAN Tom Leppert."
It then asks, "What do you really know about REPUBLICAN TOM LEPPERT?" and goes on to list several of Mr. Leppert's purported misdeeds, including joining the "ALL white Dallas Country Club ? the last segregated club in Dallas. No African Americans allowed. How is he going to represent us?"
|On Wednesday, Michael Davis furnished DallasArena.com a copy of a campaign door-hanger that is being distributed in
the Southern Sector. See
Davis: More Oakley Negative Campaigning.
It's hard to imagine how much
worse the Oakley campaign can get, but we still have 9 more days before election
day. I guess the sky's the limit. Michael says "John
Wiley Price is doing radio ads on black stations in which he basically reads all
of the mis-information off of the door-hanger. By the way, Oakley is paying any
and all $10/hr to put these flyers out. That's unheard of!"
Oakley smear flyer.
believe he'd put his name on this
desperate bit of nonsense. Ed's
becoming an embarrassment to everyone = gays, Democrats, himself.
The Hill/Leppert endorsement must have sent someone in the Oakley campaign off
the deep end because there suddenly was a flurry of news releases and an Oakley
campaign press conference event for 6 pm on Wednesday. To offset the Hill
endorsement, the Oakley campaign sent out a news release claiming an endorsement
from former Councilman John Loza and the Mendrano family.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
JOHN LOZA AND HISPANIC LEADERS FROM LITTLE MEXICO AREA OF DALLAS
ENDORSE ED OAKLEY
Former Dallas city councilman John Loza joins Ricardo Medrano,
the Medrano family and District 2 leadership to endorse Ed
Oakley at Press Conference
John Loza, Medrano Family, District 2 leadership Press
Wed. June 6. 6:00 pm.
Pikes Park (Little Mexico)
2851 Harry Hines Blvd.
Appearing with former city councilmen John Loza and Ricardo
Medrano, are the rest of the Medrano family, Judge Joseph
Ashmore, and District 2 (Little Mexico) Hispanic leadership
including Ray Quintilla, Michael Montoya, Maria Diaz (former
GDHCC chairman), Josie Orosco (US Mexico Chamber) and others.
For more info contact:
Accurate Strategies, Inc.
There was a bit of a problem
with the press release. It seems former Councilman Ricardo Medrano is not
endorsing Ed Oakley or anyone else in the mayoral runoff election.
Ricardo advised the Leppert campaign that he doesn't know of any Medrano family
members who are endorsing Oakley or Leppert in the runoff election, and did not
expect his sister, Councilwoman Pauline Medrano to endorse either.
I have never heard of Maria Cordoneda, but it might be a good idea that she not
quit her day job, because she sucks as a public relations babe.
Ray "Quintilla" is Ray Quintanilla, former Treasurer of John Loza's campaigns.
Ray is a great guy who owns a furniture store on Maple Ave. and some stores at
DFW, at least he did. Pretty bad job of a press release when you
can't even spell the name of one of your principal endorsers. So much for
I'm told Maria Diaz never chaired the Greater Dallas Hispanic Chamber of
Here's Ricardo Medrano's
response to the Oakley campaign's deceptive press release:
With the TV ad running and the
other misrepresentations coming from Ed Oakley's campaign, it should be giving
some of his supporters pause for thought. This is the dirtiest mayoral
campaign I have ever seen in Dallas. In the WFAA debate, Gromer Jeffers
asked Ed Oakley his campaign going negative. Gromer said they had
discussed the issue right after Ed won the second place spot for a runoff
election. Gromer said Ed got emotional and promised that he would not go
negative because he had learned his lesson from when he ran against Craig
McDaniel for city council in the 90's. Gromer said "those must have been
crocodile tears." Ed didn't have much of a response.
Here are three
Gromer Jeffries entries on the DMN blog from Wednesday regarding the
endorsements, and non-endorsements:
Don Hill's endorsement of Tom
Leppert gives the largely unknown CEO a boost in the south. But it's not
like he needed one. Leppert, with the help of radio talk show host Willis
Johnson, performed well with southern sector voters on May 12. He finished
behind Don Hill in numerous precincts and generally never dipped below
Ed Oakley can't be happy about
Hill's decision. He spent most of the first round telling southern sector
voters that he or Hill should be their choice. Hill left Oakley hanging. And
his decision says a lot about how fellow council members view each other.
Every sitting council member who
ran for mayor has endorsed Mr. Leppert.
Gromer Jeffers Jr.
Later today former council member
John Loza and the Medrano family with throw their support to Ed Oakley. The
news release does not say if the Medrano family endorsement includes
Pauline, a current council member.
Also, District 13 council member
Mitchell Rasansky is supporting Tom Leppert.
Gromer Jeffers Jr.
Just got a signed note from Ricardo Medrano that states
he's not supporting Ed Oakley. A news release from the Oakley campaign
states that Ricardo and his family would be at Pikes Park today to endorse
Mr. Oakley. Mr. Medrano says he's not endorsing any candidate for mayor.
Gromer Jeffers Jr.
This Medrano Family
misinformation is beyond troubling. It is pathological. Did the
Oakley campaign think they would embarrass Ricardo and his family into going
along with their power play? Ricardo is a sweetheart, but he's no push
over. He's Pancho Medrano's son. Had he planned to endorse either
candidate, Ricardo would have done so. I don't know if he had a direct
conversation with Ed Oakley or someone in the Oakley campaign advising them he
would not endorse Ed or Tom. I do know Ricardo told Tom Leppert
specifically BEFORE the Oakley campaign's press release that he was not
endorsing in the mayoral runoff and did not expect his sister, Councilwoman
Pauline Medrano, to endorse either. I am absolutely certain that no one in
the Oakley campaign had a direct conversation with Ricardo Medrano before
sending out their press release.
Look at Ricardo's note again.
It could not be clearer.
All of the Oakley campaign's negativism and this outright lie about the Medrano
family endorsement smells of extreme D-E-S-P-E-R-A-T-I-O-N. Their polling
numbers must be pretty bad.
Lord knows how much money Ed Oakley is spending. No matter what station I
have on my TV, his ad with the "blinking Tom" runs several times. What
happened to those two nice TV ads? You know the one about bad apartments
and the one about Ed cutting property taxes? Those were very positive ads
that gave you a reason to support Ed Oakley. Nothing else he has done in
this campaign has been about Ed's qualifications or plans if elected. It's
all been about destroying Tom Leppert. It's not working!
Don Hill's endorsement will matter in District 5 and 7 and 8. He carried
most precincts in those districts. Dwaine Caraway won his seat in District
4 with a 60%+ margin, and he's backing Tom Leppert. Tom Leppert did
surprisingly well in Southeast Dallas precincts. Two precincts that the
DMN map colored for Oakley 3324 and 3328, both Oakley and Leppert got the same
amount of votes. In most of the precincts colored as Ed's, Tom was within
1 or 2 votes of Ed. In the Southeast Dallas precincts colored for Tom, Ed
was within 1 or 2 votes of Tom, except for 3334 and 3335 where there was a much
larger margin of difference. Tom took a couple of precincts in Southwest
Dallas where Ed should have cleaned up. When you look at Tom's margins of
victory in North Dallas precincts, like 1119 (TL/164, EO/25) and 1118 (TL/152,
EO/64), compared to Ed's margins of victory in North Dallas precincts, like 1105
(EO/94, TL/86) and 1107 (EO/63, TL/61) -- Ed can't be happy.
Bill Blaydes was supposed to be helping Ed in Lake Highlands. Ha! Ha!
The DMN map colored 2 precincts for Ed: 2200 (EO/12, TL/12) and 2203 (EO/60,
TL/45). In one White Rock Lake precinct, 2217, the vote was Griffith/147,
Leppert/123 and Oakley/69. Since Gary Griffith is endorsing Tom Leppert,
most of those mean old Republicans will likely vote for Tom Leppert.
No one can read numbers better than Ed Oakley. Just the small sampling I
picked out send a pretty chilling message to Ed's campaign.
Of course, it's all about turnout. Interestingly, the early vote for the
runoff is higher for the same days in the general election's early voting.
I don't think those people are rushing to the polls to vote because they were
inspired by Ed's negative campaign tricks. I could be wrong, but I don't
DallasArena.com is endorsing the following in the mayoral and council runoffs:
Mayor - Tom Leppert for a positive change at City Hall.
District 3 - Dave Neumann for his energy and integrity and track record of
District 5 - Betty Culbreath for her experience and plain speaking.
District 7 - Rev. Don Parrish for his high character and community service.
District 8 - Tennell Atkins for his business experience.
We really have a chance of a better council. Get yourself to the polls on
or before June 16th. We don't want to wake up on June 17th surprised that
a negative and dishonest campaign prevailed.