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One person who gets calls from Simpson is Harry Tanner, the executive director of the Dallas Breakfast Group and point man for the city's most influential CEOs.
Simpson is not a member of the Breakfast Group, and he probably won't be getting an invitation to sit at their table anytime soon. When asked if he thinks Simpson qualifies as a city father, Tanner breaks out in a deep, raspy laugh.
"It's pretty hard to do at his age," Tanner says. "Let me put it this way: If you know where I come from, and you know we haven't worked together on any projects, make your own conclusions.