Kirk's finally cash in their blood money.
In 1998, Belo a/o The
Dallas Managed News withheld
the news that Matrice Kirk held $500,000 worth of stock options in a
company owned by Tom Hicks. We had the arena sales tax referendum in
January, 1998 and the Trinity Bond-doogle in May, but we didn't find out about
the Kirk-Hicks stock options until August when the DMN finally ran the story.
Kirk reacted with his usual righteous indignation!
That's what successful crooks and con artists always do. Bluster and threaten! Sitting on
that important story was justified by the DMN reporter who finally
"broke" the story as their not wanting to influence the outcome of
either election. Do you think a few more Dallas voters would have come to
their senses had they known that Ron Kirk had helped John Ware negotiate one of
the most lopsided business contracts in the history of crooked municipal
deals? Their work product is the now infamous "Arena Master
Ron Kirk ripped off this city, and Ron Kirk ripped this city apart.
It was quite a shock to a lot of people to have
run their story on the Texas Senate race by
some reporter named "Karen Tumulty". Has anyone ever heard of
her? A name like "Tumulty" would be fairly
memorable. " Tumulty" is descriptive of Dallas since Ron Kirk was elected
From the Aug. 19, 2002 issue of TIME
Boyd responds to
Reading your puff piece on Ron Kirk, my 1st & 2nd second questions
were who is Karen Tumulty and does she live anywhere near Dallas?
No one has ever heard of her, and she certainly is not knowledgeable
about Dallas or the disaster Ron Kirk has been for this city.
When Kirk took over as Mayor, we had millions in a surplus, emergency
fund. Kirk left us with a budget shortfall of $85 million and
Ron Kirk negotiated the arena sales tax that benefited Tom Hicks but
destroyed our convention business.
The arena sales tax election was in Jan, 1998, but we did not find out
until August, 1998 that when he negotiated the master agreement and
campaigned for the sales tax, Ron Kirk's wife held 1/2 Million worth of
stock in a Hicks-owned company.
The Kirks sold their Hicks stock in 2001 for $325,000 (as reported on
their tax return just filed 8/15/02). Ron Kirk sold out the
citizens of Dallas for $298,000.
Kirk had nothing to do with our light rail. Those routes were
determined while Kirk was just a lobbyist for the city of Dallas.
As Mayor, he got a 10-year plan changed to accommodate Tom Hicks and his
arena to the detriment of our West End Entertainment District.
On www.DallasArena.com, Ron
Kirk's nickname is Con Jerk.
Hopefully, Ron Kirk will not be elected to the Senate. It would be
terrible for him to do to the country what he has done to Dallas.
He Rope Texas?
A rare breed ? a Lone Star Democrat ? is
giving the White House the jitters on Bush's home turf
Monday, Aug. 19, 2002
. . . Ron Kirk had them applauding from the moment he told them, "I
sure wish Enron ran their business the way y'all run yours." By the
time he had finished up with his line about giving the capital a dose of
"what it's like to be on the front lines of problem solving,"
some were ready to pledge their votes.
. . . What no Republican calculations took into account was Kirk's
charm. A tall, bald man with a big voice and a booming laugh, he jokes,
he chats, he hugs and pats his way through a room.
. . . He has mobilized heavy political backing from Dallas' conservative
business elite and raised more money than Cornyn in Bush's old Dallas
. . . Kirk's strength comes not just from his sunny personality but also
from a solid record as a pro-business mayor who took over a city
paralyzed by racial bickering and left downtown Dallas with a gleaming
sports arena, a successful light-rail system, a new police headquarters
under construction and $543 million in funding for development along the
Trinity River ? without losing powerful minority support.
. . .The Democrats are banking on multicultural appeal, with Kirk for
Senator and millionaire Hispanic businessman Tony Sanchez running for
Governor. But Kirk bristles at that kind of identity politics and says
he prefers to run on issues like corporate accountability and fiscal
discipline. He knows he can't win unless minority voters turn out
strongly, but he also needs white votes. . . .
Wonder if K.Tumulty would feel so
positive toward Con Jerk if she knew about his lack of ethics when dealing with
Dallas voters in the sales tax referendum and the Trinity Bond-doogle?
Wonder if K.Tumulty has ever been to Dallas?
Gromer Jeffers, Jr. is usually the stand in for Ron Kirk's Large White Shadow (Carol
Reed) as Con Jerk's public
relations person, but even Jeffers seems concerned about the information in
Kirk's 2001 return. Jeffers may be just disturbed at how disrespectful Kirk's
campaign staffers were toward the press. Jeffers probably thought
Kirk was just rude to white investigative reporters like Laura Miller and Jim
Schutze, not nice Black columnists who take press releases and turn them in as a
offers look at '01 tax return
not allowed to photocopy records; Cornyn camp critical
Mimicking a strategy similar to that of the Republican nominee for
governor in California, Senate candidate Ron Kirk on Friday allowed
reporters to view his 27-page federal tax return, but not to walk away
with copies. . . .
The former Dallas mayor earned $225,184 as a partner with the
Gardere Wynne Sewell law firm, where he worked a handful of hours each
week. He also earned $7,107 as mayor. . . . Mrs. Kirk earned
$160,800 as a partner in the executive recruiting firm Heidrick &
Both benefited from stock options: Mrs. Kirk cashed in $275,998 in
stock options given to her because she serves on the board of Clear
Channel Communications. Mr. Kirk netted $25,000 in stock options from
Brinker International, where he serves as a board member.
But the couple lost $25,869 after selling their stock in Enron
. . . Mr. Cornyn has released returns from the last eight years.
Reporters on Friday were allowed to view a copy of Mr. Kirk's 2001
return at his headquarters in Dallas, but they weren't permitted to
photocopy the document. The Dallas Morning News was given a copy of
the first two pages of the return.
. . . At Kirk campaign headquarters Friday, reporters were ushered
one at a time into a waiting room area and seated at a worktable. A
campaign aide then brought into the room a three-ring binder containing
the tax returns, laying it out for inspection. The aide left the room and
reporters were allowed to take the time they needed to peruse the
documents. . . .
Kirk did not want anyone knowing about them
cashing in their blood money. We don't know if they cashed in all the
stock options in Clear Channel Communications (the Hicks owned company of
post-Arena election fame). If all they got is $298,000 in 2001 for stock
that was worth between $500,000 and $750,000
in 1998, we should all be snickering. Poetic justice -- except Mr. &
Mrs. Con Jerk still get $300,000 as a payoff for him selling out Dallas
taxpayers and businesses to help Tommy Hicks and Ross Perot, Jr. do a real
What Old Al Lipscomb did to the Bachman-NW Highway community for $7,700, Kirk
did to the whole city for $298,000. That's not to say $298,000 is small
potatoes, but Ron and Matrice don't eat a lot of beans and potatoes.
$298,000 will not go very far in the social circles in which they like to
move. Heck, his law firm of Gardere Wynne Sewell paid him $225,184 in 2001
for doing a lot less than he did for Tommy Hicks and Ross, Jr. in
We Bad Dealers really made him work for his $298,000. We had him up early
in the morning and out late at night for debates. Of course,
he was driven to all of these events by a city paid chauffeur -- a police
officer. Now, Kirk is driving himself around in an SUV. What
happened to that Jaguar he bought in Plano while he was the Mayor of
Dallas? Did he or did he not buy it at a fleet rate?
We have an ethics situation here. Allen, are you out there? You need
to get on this.
In some parts of Dallas, taking a bribe or being bribed are of no
consequence. If Fantroy would step aside and if his lawyers would let him,
Old Al could run in District 8 right now and win. Stealing elections is
also no big deal in some parts of Dallas. Brain Dead Thornton-Reese just
got re-elected by hook and crook. That's the worst part of the Kirk legacy
-- open corruption and tolerance of crooked politicians.
That's not to say things have always been on the up and up in this town.
Hardly! Robert Folsom helped his real estate empire by making the city
take in the Renner area. We spent so much money constructing sewer lines
and infrastructure up there, the older neighborhoods of Dallas were
neglected. That was the beginning of the blight we see today. That
was the beginning of the decaying inner city infrastructure. That
was the beginning of the end of our beautiful park system.
Laura Miller was elected because 55% of the city voters know we are in a mess
and know Ron Kirk got us in this mess. He did not do it
alone, but he took things from a slow decline to warp speed chaos. One
reason Tom Dunning lost was because 55% of the city voters identified him with
Ron Kirk and Domingo Garcia. Tom Dunning seemed to have blinders on to the
real world. Tom Dunning would have subscribed to the philosophy that Hank
Tatum proposed to solve our problems.
turns Dallas dream into a nightmare
city's bubbling optimism hits a fiscal brick wall
. . It is amazing what a
$95 million shortfall can do to budget planning and to the hopes and
aspirations of a city like Dallas.
. . . The
adage that you have to spend money to make money may be hard to swallow in
such difficult financial circumstances. But it still is true.
Kirk is responsible for our $95 million shortfall.
Dallas voters know Ron Kirk. We are sick of him. We want to close
the door on that chapter of our city's history. We do not want him in any
elected office -- not citywide, not countywide, not statewide -- and certainly
not in Washington, D.C.
Not only should someone file a complaint with the State Ethics Commission over
the Hicks/Kirk stock deal, but the rest of the state should know how he abused
citizens of Dallas. We have video of him making fun of Dallas citizens
speaking to the council over the Tennison Park issue. We have an affidavit
from a former city employee who swears Ron Kirk called those citizens "tree
huggers" and he would get some of them.
Not long afterwards, one couple suddenly had code enforcement problems on
several of their rent properties.
Ron Kirk never showed the least respect to anyone who
was not rich -- which is why so many of his best pals are white, rich
guys. He is a con artist who can switch personalities like changing the
color of his tie. Those of you who think he's charming --
been 4 years this month since we found out about the $500,000 worth of
stock options Kirk's wife held in a Hicks owned company, stock options
she was "given" for serving on a Hicks company board for a
short while. Tom Hicks admitted then he knew nothing about her,
but she was Black and somebody asked him to put her on the
It's been 4 years this month since we found out that Belo Corporation
and The Dallas Managed
newsworthy information from Dallas voters during two major city
elections that passed by razor thin margins and caused schisms in this
city that have not and may not heal.
I'm wondering why Kirk's senate run opponent isn't making a bigger deal
of the mess he's left behind in Dallas? It's fair game as it
relates directly to his past performance in office, and indicates how he
will perform in the future. No?
If it was me I'd be all over this Dallas budget disaster, and asking
voters if they want someone with this record in the Senate!
Something to the effect:
"Ron Kirk as Mayor of Dallas for 6 years = $100 million
He's the "100-million dollar man!" Yeah, that's the
ticket! I mean the facts of the budget mess are irrefutable, and
so is Kirk's direct responsibility for it. Maybe they have used this
approach in the campaign, and I've just missed it. Anyway, just a
thought after reading this article, Dallas is
If you are contemplating voting for Ron Kirk because you are a dedicated
Democrat or have some issue where you think he will vote with you, consider what
you already know about this con artist.
my gay friends who think he will be your friend in D.C., he was Mayor for 6
years and Laura Miller did for you in 6 weeks what Kirk would not.
my pro choice friends who think he will be your ally in D.C., Kirk will go to the
my environmentalist friends who think only a Democrat will help them, Kirk was
head of the pack to bulldoze those trees at Tennison Park and he has been deaf
to warnings by environmental experts about his plans for the Trinity
any other moron who thinks Ron Kirk was good for Dallas, you must have decided
to build your retirement home in Santa Fe or you are one of his benefactors who
expect a return on your investment like he delivered for Tom Hicks and Ross, Jr.
anyone else contemplating voting for Ron Kirk who does not fit one of the above
groups, all I have to say to you is get out of here because you clearly don't
care about honest government or honest elected officials. We are going to
change things in Dallas, Texas, and you will not like living in a city where it
works for everyone regardless of your financial status or political connections.
the interim, we have to stop Ron Kirk from doing to the country what he
did to Dallas.