08/05/04 Somebody has to
stand up to the bad guys.
If bad guys didn't do bad things, there would be no
need for Judges and trial lawyers. If everyone followed the rules and did
the right thing (even when no one is looking), we would not need courts at all.
But then, if "wishes were fishes, we would need more dishes."
Although I do believe in redemption, most bad guys like doing bad stuff and very
unlikely to seek salvation. They are just as likely to stop doing bad
stuff without legal authorities spanking their behinds. Each time a bad
guy gets away with doing something wrong, he is emboldened to do it again and to
up the stakes.
The only explanation for the stupidity of a stunt Joe May pulled in my District
6 race against Steve Salazar and Linus Spiller is that he has gotten away with
so much blatant vote harvesting schemes, he thinks he is invincible.
Although Joe Thug lives in East Dallas (City Council District 2) in one of his
slum properties, he paid for and sent out a mailer in District 6, as
DallasArena.com reported in May's
My lawyer tried to use a less expensive procedure to take depositions of Joe
Thug and others to determine the actual cost of the mailer, which is a direct
contribution to Steve Salazar's campaign. Domingo Garcia represented Joe
May and the other person we wanted to depose. Interestingly, the postage
meter on the flier is registered to the "Garcia Campaign", but Garcia seemed
genuinely shocked that it was used on the flier.
The Judge ruled that we could not use the deposition only procedure earlier this
year, so it was necessary to file a lawsuit.
No Girlie Girl
Sharon Boyd just keeps going and going
By Patrick Williams
| originally published: August 5, 2004
Conservative local political blogger
Sharon Boyd (www.dallasarena.com)
sometimes reminds Buzz of the Terminator. No matter how hard you knock her
down, up, up she comes again, ready for another pointless sequel. Sometimes
we wonder why she bothers, particularly now. Boyd recently filed a lawsuit
against DISD trustee Jose Joe May,
alleging he violated election finance laws by spending more than the lawful
contribution limit of $1,000 when he sent out a mailer supporting city
Councilman Steve Salazar in Salazar's District 6 race against Boyd in May
... So why, we asked her, would she file a
suit now, especially since the most she could recover in damages is
attorneys fees and twice whatever May spent on the mailing, which Boyd's Web
site claims must have been at least $1,500 for printing and postage?
... "If we have rules, we should follow them,"
Boyd says. "Somebody's got to say enough, or otherwise let's call off all
elections in this town."
... free speech
costs a lot of dough to publish or put on the air, so why should May or
anyone else be told how much of their own cash they can spend to disseminate
words in support of a political
... Oddly enough, Boyd agrees. "Some of the people
who donated to my campaign would have donated more, but I couldn't let
them," says Boyd, who doesn't believe that Salazar
himself had anything to do with May's flier. ...
The rules are what they are, so "either do away with them or
make people follow them...especially an elected official," Boyd says...
The first time I ever heard of "vote harvesting" was in John Loza's campaign
against Brenda Reyes. While the rest of us were working our tails off to
get SMSM Loza elected, Joe Thug sat around looking at lists of voters. On
election night, Loza won by about 150 votes, exactly how many
"harvested" votes Joe Thug May delivered with his system of intimidating senior
voters to give him their mail-in ballots for him to "deliver" them to the
Joe Thug used the same vote harvesting system to beat an educator for a seat
on the School Board by 25 votes. Mike Martinez won on election day and in
early voting at the polls, but May won with harvested ballots. A reporter
told me recently that after the election, he ran into Joe Thug and congratulated
him on his victory. Joe Thug said with his mail-in ballot system, "I could
get a collie elected." A dog would be an improvement over John Loza or Joe
May in public office.
In answer to Patrick Williams' question, I filed a lawsuit last week against Joe May over what I believe to be illegal
campaign tactic against me and Linus Spiller in our respective city council contests
with Steve Salazar, who won the election.
Why am I doing this over a year after the election,
particularly since I think Councilman Salazar is doing a good job as councilman
for District 6? Quite simply, it's because Joe Thug is an elected official
and he did something wrong. The District Attorney's Office will not do
anything, the City Secretary will not do anything and we
have council races coming up in May. I don't want Joe Thug to do what he
did to me to another candidate in any future race in any Dallas city council
Loza's District 2 seat will be open next year. Joe May is expected to be a
candidate for that council seat. If he is a candidate, he and his partner
in crime will use every dirty trick in the book to win that place for him.
One trick that I hope to shut off by my lawsuit is his blatant violation of
campaign donation/spending restrictions.
The rules are specific. No individual donor can contribute more than $1000
to a particular council campaign and no more than $5000 to a mayoral campaign.
The rule has been in place a long, long time. Joe Thug knows the rules and
chose to blatantly violate them last year.
I wrote about it a few weeks after the election in
May's Mailer, where the flyer is reproduced on
both sides. Except for one particular line in the mailer, it was not the
content that concerned me.
When I stepped out to oppose Tom Hicks and Ross Perot, Jr. and Ron Kirk, I knew
I would be forever branded as a "rabble rouser" and "troublemaker" and an "aginner",
etc., etc. Our Downtown Betters (the ODB) do not tolerate an uppity,
middle class, unmarried female interfering with their plans to exploit Dallas
The Dallas Managed News,
(they even questioned my jaw movement when I talk) have all taken shots at me.
The content line in May's illegal campaign flyer that shocked me was:
I realize that Joe Thug May is from Laredo and hopes
to move back there someday (not soon enough), but he is in Dallas, Texas, a city
in the United States of America. To say that no one who doesn't speak
Spanish should represent District 6 is absolutely racist. District 6 is
not Joe May's "community" because he lives in East Dallas in one of his slum
District 6 may be predominantly Hispanic because Mad Max Aaronson and Joe Thug
May and the rest of the sellouts on the Redistricting Commission who voted with
them drew it that way. There are lots of African-Americans in District 6,
lots of Asian-Americans in District 6, lots of Whites in District 6 and lots of
non-Spanish-speaking Hispanics in District 6.
When I walked neighborhoods, I took a translator with me in case a voter did not
speak English. There were very few occasions his assistance was
needed, and many occasions where the voter did not speak Spanish.
Linus Spiller also ran against Steve Salazar and me. He is
African-American and does not speak Spanish. Linus has lived in his home
for several years, which was in the old District 6 and is in the current
District 6. According to Joe Thug, a Black citizen and taxpayer who does
not speak Spanish is not qualified to represent the district where he lives.
As offensive and racist as the content of May's mailer, it was not the reason
for the lawsuit.
Joe May spent more than $1,000 on that mailer. Had the moron's political
disclaimer at the bottom of the mailer included others, then he would not have
broken any laws.
Having done 3 mailers to District 6 voters, I can
assure you between production, printing, mail house lists and postage, you
cannot do a mailer for $1,000. Joe Thug May and his campaign are bound by
the $1,000 per donor limit. He knows it, and so does the person who
prepared the mailer.
Although having watched two former friends morph into ODB gofers and seeing
others compromise their standards to protect zoning cases in their own districts
(ward politics at its worse), I still believe there are honest people who will
do the right thing if they are given the opportunity. Part of getting the
opportunity is competing in fair elections.
If the City Secretary and the County Elections Department are not going to
enforce the restrictions of our election laws, then get them off the books.
Let the ODB give as much money as they want (they do anyway) to their chosen
candidates. Eventually, they will outbid each other and someone decent
will squeak through.
There are some very wealthy people in this town who do believe in honest
government, who are not ODB, who would fund a slate of candidates, but they are
limited by the $1000 restriction. Because they follow the rules (believing
in honest government, as they do), they are disenfranchised when Joe Thug and
his ilk get away with violating campaign law.
So, I now have another label "Terminator" to add to: "divisive" (Lordi
Palmer said that about me), "jaw impaired" (Dallas Observer), "seemingly insane"
(D Magazine). I like what Tim Dickey said about me in a letter to the DMN
Editor: "... kick-rear-and-take-names activist".
The more I think about it, the better I like being considered our local
"Terminator", after all he fought the bad guys. If he didn't win every
battle, he at least slowed them down to give the good guys a chance at an even