When the Money Men Are Out to Get Ya, You're Usually on the Right Side

FrontBurner has posted a long essay by Trey Garrison on why Dallas City Plan Commission member Neil Emmons is the Great Satan. Garrison cites several major development projects he says have been unfairly sabotaged by Emmons.

Garrison clearly is a lot more familiar with the details on these projects than I am, and his arguments are cogent and clearly expressed, so I can’t use my usual screw-you rebuttal for all things D. Besides, Our Boy Merten has many interesting details regarding the St. Regis Hotel project about which Trey writes; he’ll be along before the end of the day.

Till them, let me just say this:

Somebody with some serious money has been ginning up a big get-Emmons campaign for the last few months. I get calls every day from the Everybody-who-gets-paid crowd, telling me why Neil Emmons is a bad guy.

Not once have I heard from anybody whose word I would take seriously about this -- that is to say, neighborhood leaders. Every single person who has called me, with one exception, has been somebody who either gets paid or goes along with people who get paid.

I have been to a county fair and a hog auction before. I smell paid vendetta in this. It’s simple.

Somebody with a big project wants Emmons out of the way. Their problem -- what they don’t get -- is that Emmons stays right with the homeowners.

So let’s say they succeed in getting him trashed out of there. Angela Hunt, the city council person in District 14, is just going to appoint somebody else who will stay right with the homeowners. And whoever it is who thinks his ox is getting gored will just get gored again the same way.

Show me some homeowner groups who are mad at Emmons, and we’ll talk. Until then, I look at all this, and I think, “Somebody rich is pissed.”

And then I think, “Good.” --Jim Schutze


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