Death in South Dallas
01/13/03 or Mayor PreTend Poss?
Friday morning, I got a call that Mary Poss was announcing her mayoral candidacy
on the Mark Davis show. As much as I hate having to listen to either blowhard, I turned it on. It was worse than you can imagine.
Instead of having a rally of some of those she claims are encouraging her to run,
Poss announced her candidacy in a little love fest with a talk show host who
doesn't even live in Dallas County, much less this city. He gets his
information on Dallas from what he reads in the Dallas Managed News and
conversations with his friends in the skyboxes at the Hicks/Perot Arena.
Poss lied. Poss bragged. Poss exaggerated. Much like what she did at
a meeting last week. Mary Poss is as much responsible for the
mess we are in financially as anyone, other than That Former Mayor. She chaired
the Finance and Audit Committee and was instrumental in forcing out the best
City Auditor we ever had because he gave negative reports on some of
her pet projects.
Listening to Mark Davis is very tiresome. He was Mr. Family Man when he
first got to town -- always talking about Cathy and his sacrifices for her and
for the MS Cause. What happened to Nephew Chris? Then D Magazine did
a story on his other life with his then on-the-side girlfriend, now Mrs.
#3. It's just very hard to hear Davis question anyone's integrity when his
own fidelity is so temporary. Had he kept his family life private, then it
would not be an issue, but Davis made his family life a part of his public
Davis made some statements about Laura Miller that were just blatantly off
base. He brought up two issues from the last campaign, but failed to say
(may not even remember) that he asked her two questions, and she answered them
honestly rather than evading a response.
When a talk show host becomes a shill for one political candidate in a
non-partisan race, that's time to start talking to the management.
In his follow-up, Davis said he hates non-partisan elections, that "we have
a right to know". Mark Davis is not a Dallas
"we". How Dallas citizens vote to run our city is not his
business. He chose to live and pay property taxes and sales taxes
elsewhere. Davis doesn't even work in Dallas and has nary a clue about how the city votes.
He pretends to be a Republican, but there are only a few Dallas districts that Republicans could possibly
Some of the biggest big spenders at City Hall have been Democrats -- Ron Kirk,
Leo Chaney, Don Hicks, Al Lipscomb, James Fantroy, Steve Salazar. Some of
the best taxpayer watchdogs have been Republicans -- Jerry Bartos, Charlotte
Mayes, Donna Blumer and Mitch Rasansky. Then there's John Loza who claimed
to be a Republican, but voted with That Former Mayor almost 100% (now he's a
Democrat). Mary Poss claims to be Republican, but she backed Ross Perot
(her husband's boss) and votes for every big ticket, anti-neighborhood issue
that comes before the council. Laura Miller is a Democrat, but opposes big
ticket items and works for the taxpayer.
City Hall issues do not follow
If we change OUR council elections to partisan, Dallas will be in real
trouble. Potholes and parks do not translate to partisan issues.
Partisan labels are as wrong for Dallas as voting on racial lines. I would
like to find one Republican Miller supporter who did not know she was a
Democrat. Her husband is an elected official, a Democrat State Legislator.
The first few callers were clearly Poss plants. When real Dallas voters
got on the air, it was not such happy talk. One man properly identified
her as "carrying water for Hicks and Perot". Davis said
'everyone loves the arena now' -- because the teams are winning. Everyone
in the suburbs might love the arena, but he is not speaking for Dallas voters
when he makes that false claim. He may not be aware we just survived a $95
Million budget shortfall that is directly the result of diverting so much to
that project. The arena sales tax has definitely hurt OUR convention
Mary Poss signed the Firefighter/Police Petition for that 17% raise and she
posed for the council picture in opposition to the raise. Since 70% of the
city voted against that raise, Poss might want to re-think going that
route. Police and firefighters might want to re-think getting behind her.
Mary Poss says she is pro-business, but she is no friend to local and small
business people. She repeatedly votes against Dallas businesses by
supporting tax abatements to their competition, and always goes with commercial
interests when there is neighborhood opposition to a zoning case. Her idea
of preservation is tearing down an historic building and replacing it with a
plaque (St. Ann's, etc.).
When the Mayor campaigned against the Pay Referendum, DallasArena.com campaigned
for the cops and firefighters. It was a non-partisan issue.
DallasArena.com maintained our taxes would be raised regardless of what happened
with the referendum. If the Referendum had passed, we would have at least
known where a specific amount of our taxes are going. Sort of like a TIF
(tax increment financing) district for the little guy. That's the kind of
power Mary Poss likes to give to her rich buddies, but opposes for the little
I am personally going to take a smaller role in the Mayor's re-election campaign
since I have my own campaign. We cannot make this city better doing the
things the old way, the Poss way. Laura Miller has raised some issues that
have angered different groups. I have agreed with some of her positions
and opposed others., but the questions needed to be asked -- like employee
compensation procedures and standards. Poss would sweep everything under
the rug like That Former Mayor mishandled crisis after crisis.
What do you think MPT Poss would have done about the Convention and Visitors'
Bureau mess? Nothing! She has been incredibly silent on the issue
when even John Loza is calling for Chris Luna to resign. Granted, there's
bad blood between Loza and Luna. Poss actually blocked investigations into
the arrangement between Chief Bolton and Old Lipscomb regarding that bribe from
I am running to defend and protect and promote the residents and businesses of
District 6 from Northwest/Bachman down to Oak Cliff (Sylvan/Bataan and Arcadia
Park) because we have been abused and ignored by City Hall. Laura Miller
fought to save the wading pool in District 6 (Arcadia Park), and I was with her,
but Mary Poss voted to divert the donation intended for the wading pools to
another project. Mary Poss moved a sex club (La Barre) out of her district
into my District 6 because we had no voice at City Hall to protect us.
Dallas has been on a wrong road for 15 years. We have tried to spend
ourselves out of a dire economy with big ticket items, but ignored
infrastructure problems. We are still paying on those big ticket items,
and none of them have delivered the development and revenue increase
Poss has been on that wrong road. Remember when she and That Former Mayor
promised the folks flooded out by that water main break they would get
assistance from the city. She should have known the city could not be
sued, and people who lost their condos and personal possessions due to City Hall
neglecting our infrastructure had no place to go. She's either an idiot,
or Poss lied to those victims of that water main disaster.
What is more important to you? Social issues or waste of tax
dollars? If you disagree with Miller on social issues, look at who voted
Let's stay on the new road with Miller. We may hit a pot hole or
road barrier, but it is the right road. We have a real chance to clean up
City Hall. We have a Mayor who thinks a Code of Ethics is as important as
anything we do. MPT Poss opposed the new Code of Ethics and has her own
problems in Austin with that complaint filed by Allen Gwinn.
If you are going to vote for one or the other, you need to get up and go help
her campaign. If you think one has the better message, you need to help
You need to get involved.