Like The News, Old Wells Fargo on Cedar Springs Can't Decide Between Broden and EBJ
So confusing...Eddie or Stephen? Scholarship scandal or frightening anti-government rhetoric? Pick one for us, please, because we're flipping a coin if you don't.
Photos by Sam Merten
In this week's paper version of Unfair Park, Schutze takes a lengthy look at Republican Stephen Broden, which might have been a good idea for The Dallas Morning News to do before it endorsed him over U.S. Representative Eddie Bernice Johnson and then switched to a Switzerland stance in the race after Broden told WFAA's Brad Watson that a violent uprising is "on the table" in order to protect American freedom and liberties.
It appears as though voters have a tough choice on their hands given that Johnson funneled scholarship money to her grandchildren instead of students in her district, and we noticed that the building at the corner of Cedar Springs Road and Fairmont Street acknowledges as much.
The former Wells Fargo branch that closed because of its proximity to a larger Wells Fargo location one block north has a total of seven political signs displayed on the now-vacant property (including several repeats), but what struck us was the fascinating juxtaposition you see above at the corner of Fairmont and Howell streets.
Confused at the dual endorsement and curious about whether the property owner even consented to any of the signs, we called Lem Miller at Sandia Properties, who's attempting to sublease the space, and he's unaware that any signs are present on the property.
"Whoever's got a sign out there, they've done it without consent," Miller says, stressing that Wells Fargo doesn't endorse political candidates because it's a large national bank and a publicly traded company.
Miller tells Unfair Park that no one contacted him to put signs up, and he can't control what people put on the property.
"The feel they have the right to do whatever they want to without getting anyone's permission," he says. "It just exemplifies what goes on in politics now. They have the authority to do what no one else does, and they don't have to play by the rules, I guess."
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