By Jim Schutze
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"First of all," Rawlings said, "I think we need to respond to Chief Kunkle's thing that somehow I would be doing a disservice toward my people and my campaign if I supported Jim's question, and I don't care. I really don't. If the rules need to be tight and hard, and if people can't support my campaign because of that, I can run the campaign. We can get ad agencies. We can do all that, so this isn't about being nice to people."
In making the vow, Rawlings took a high and mighty line, condemning the entire Dallas City Council at the time for a recent vote weakening ethics rules on campaign contributions.
"I am really saddened and disappointed in this last thing, not only the policy that was voted but the fact that there was no public exposure and transparency," he said. "People will make up a lot of excuses, but when it comes to the moment of truth when we look at a leader, we've got to make sure he is so far over to the ethics side that there is no question of anything else."
He went on to expressly promise he would prove his own mettle by seeking a ban on campaign-runners as lobbyists: "I think it is one of several things that I as the mayor would go in and really try to strengthen."
I want to believe him. Does that count as faith? I don't know. I'm sort of new at this faith thing.
Mari Woodleif and Kathy Nealey -- what a team and Rawlings doesn't know how the money was spent..give me a break.....the least he can do is keep Mari and the Crooks out of City Hall. It shows you how stupid the Dallas Morning News is they let Mari write an OP ED!! Pathetic...now that is news ....how a crook secures business.
We'll see how this gos. I don't think he can stop the long history of "perks" politicians get here in Dallas. City officials seem to get rich working here in Dallas. Ask J.W. Price.
To Mayor RawlingsPlease do not become a Politician. Run the City like you ran your business, treat us as you would treat your employees, tell us the truth and tell it to us straight. We can handle the truth!!
it's a nice thought but as sure as you can't limit free speech- lobbyists (of whatever you call them) will find access to politicians. heck, look at the white house- they "banned" them so now "0" has to "visit" them up the street, or change their 'title"!
Kunkle already knew what most didn't want to. He didn't push the issue as much as he could -that's not his style.But he did try to warn everyone, in his own way. Can we have another crack at this mayoral election?
Suppose Rawlings is clueless or does he think we all are clueless? He has the same stink on him that JWP and the rest of the political influence peddlers have, but now he wanted to clean out that stink? Not going to happen!
His words are meaningless.......he's already trying to modify what he promised during the campaign..........he can't even say exactly the same words that he said during the campaign without adding modifiers.......he has now been elected. I think I'll wait to judge him by his actions, instead of his words.