Friday's Democratic primary run-off debate between Domingo Garcia and Marc Veasey for the 33rd wasn't quite as bitchy as we had hoped, in that Garcia didn't refer to his opponent, a grown-ass black man, as a "boy" this time, which is positive, right?
At the beginning, hell, we even thought this might be a civil debate on substantive stuff, like jobs and rags-to-riches origin stories. Bo-ring. Fortunately for us, it didn't last. Inevitably, they traded nut-shots. Garcia repeatedly brought up the $10,500 in income Veasey reported last year, insinuating that his alleged brokeness would force him to look for handouts. "(Veasey) never created a single job in his life," Garcia said. "I've done that in private sector business."
"I work in the commercial real estate sector," Veasey responded. "Obviously I make more than $10,000 a year. ... I know Domingo has taken many shortcuts. He's been reprimanded by the (Texas State) Bar. I don't take shortcuts."
In his opening statement, Veasey boasted of an order from Norway for 50 Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighters. They're the most expensive weapons systems ever devised, particularly so now that a series of costly design flaws have been identified. Garcia essentially accused Veasey of being a war-machine stooge. "Lockheed management ripped off taxpayers, and they ripped off the military," Garcia railed.
"I think it's a good plane," Veasey replied. "There is a difference of opinion on whether we need it."
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Garcia accused Veasey of being a fair-weather Democrat, and of voting for Bob Dole and Tom Craddick, the state house speaker. He claimed Veasey was beholden to special interests because of his paltry earnings. "When you take $700,000 from interest groups, they expect something in return," Garcia said.
Pressed by the DMN's Gromer Jeffers about his "errand boy" comment at a debate in Fort Worth, Garcia said, "I'm pretty blunt. They say, 'Domingo, you're so blunt and so honest.'" While we puzzled over whether that is in fact a thing people say about Domingo Garcia, he proceeded to recite the Webster's dictionary definition of "errand boy," and accused Veasey of playing the "race card," and said Veasey was "go-along-to-get-along" politician who would subvert the interests of North Texas for senior House Dems.
Veasey said he was thrilled to have the support of Democrats like Steny Hoyer and Jim Clyburn. "(Garcia) was in D.C. last week trying to get people to raise money for him, but they don't think he's a good Democrat."
Apropos of basically nothing, Garcia closed by noting that his favorite movie is Rocky.