Tom Leppert Gets Virtuous.

Finding fiscal Jesus: Saturday's Dallas Morning News story reporting that Tom Leppert now opposes federal earmark money for the Trinity River project reminded Buzz of an old newspaper friend.

He had struggled mightily with temptation during his younger married years—and lost. Buzz hadn't seen him in a long time.

Now, much older, he said he thought his morality had improved enormously since he had become impotent.

"You wouldn't believe how good I am now at resisting temptation," he said. "As far as I'm concerned, I haven't just got my virtue back. I think my virginity has been restored."

Well, maybe. All it took for Leppert to overcome a major lust for federal earmark money was leaving his post as mayor of Dallas and becoming instead a candidate for the U.S. Senate.

Leppert told the News he now opposes the use of congressional earmarks to fund Dallas' massive multibillion-dollar public works boondoggle called the Trinity project and thinks it should be paid for instead as part of a "responsible budget."

Sounds like he got his virginity back too.

During the years he was our mayor, Leppert led delegations of Dallas officials up to Washington on what we might call the painted lady tour—or to be fair, the painted ladies and painted gentlemen tour—offering gracious knows what sort of favors to the congressional delegation, one blushes to think, in exchange for financial support for the Trinity project.

Of course, Leppert wasn't alone. Everybody who was anybody in Dallas was up there strutting their stuff, trying to raise a wolf whistle from the capitol building. The News itself regularly published "hey, sailor" editorials entreating Congress to buy us a drink of Trinity water.

Apparently, fiscal virtue is spreading like a dose of...well, let's just say it's spreading really fast among the GOP in Washington these days. It's even reached the ladylike Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison, who sent a letter to the News in February in response to a story about how the Trinity project might not survive now that Hutchison had joined the Tea Party in coming out against earmarks. Hutchison basically said that the feds have kicked in plenty already for the second fancy Trinity bridge—estimated cost $350 million—while the city has yet to offer up its 24.5 percent share.

It's sad, really. The poor Trinity project, living the high life for so long, now finds itself standing unwanted by the curb, without cab fare for the ride home. That's the bitter price of virtue, we suppose, which is why we try never to have any.

 
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One-time supporter of Leppert
One-time supporter of Leppert

This is so funny it's sad. Leppert single biggest issue as mayor was advancing the Trinity River Project using federal funds. Now, out of political necessity he has to distance himself from his determined reliance upon those funds. Poor Leppert. Caught in a web of his own past deeds.

Richard Fontina
Richard Fontina

Leppert is going to be our next Senator.

He's the only one speaking out, day-in and day-out, about cutting into the ridiculously out of control spending in D.C. The balanced budget amendment he supports would do a ton for helping get this nation back on track. We need a better environment for jobs and business in our state and his track-record as Mayor shows he's got the tools to get that transition accomplished.

Erp232
Erp232

This guy is a joke. Michael Williams and the Tea Party are going to beat him like he stole something.

JimS
JimS

Astroturf Alert: Richard Fontina is a fake name for a fake guy working for somebody's campaign. Can't imagine whose.

 
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