Around 7:30 this morning, I hopped on the YouTubes to see if someone had posted a video of local interest -- do it every day. Maybe a page or two into the search this a.m., I came across the video in which someone dressed in a chicken outfit taunts Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez supporters on their way to what appears to be a fund-raiser for the Democrat. The video makes the claim that Valdez refuses to debate her Republican challenger, Lowell Cannaday -- which seemed a little disingenuous, as Valdez had in fact agreed to at least one debate, far as I could tell. According to Cannaday's own Web site, it's a September 16 event sponsored by the Stemmons Corridor Business Association. And his Web site lists three others as well.
Well, this afternoon, Peggy Lundy, Cannaday's campaign consultant, posted a comment to the original item that said, in part, "On August 8, our campaign was notified that Sheriff Valdez would not be participating and would Chief Cannaday agree to attend and give the luncheon address." To which the Valdez campaign now responds, with a statement that just arrived in Unfair Park's in-box and which is available in full after the jump. But, a highlight from Kirk McPike, Valdez's campaign manager: "This desperate and dishonest stunt is beneath any candidate for office and Lowell Cannaday should be ashamed. Dallas County voters deserve better than this from a candidate for Sheriff. Mr. Cannaday owes Dallas voters an apology.” ("Kirk McPike" -- that's, like, three Star Trek references in one!) Apparently, the campaign for Dallas County Sheriff is on as of today. --Robert Wilonsky
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Valdez Campaign Statement
DALLAS – The Lupe Valdez campaign released a statement regarding the dishonest web video released today by the Dallas County Republican Party regarding the issue of joint public forums between the Sheriff and her Republican opponent.
“This is Dallas County's first good look at Lowell Cannaday, the Dallas County Republican party and the type of campaign theyʼre going to run, and itʼs not pretty. While Sheriff Valdez has been working tirelessly to save taxpayer money without compromising public safety, the Dallas County GOP and Lowell Cannaday have been shopping for a chicken costume. The Sheriff is scheduled for four joint public events with Mr. Cannaday, which are even listed on Cannaday's own website. This desperate and dishonest stunt is beneath any candidate for office and Lowell Cannaday should be ashamed. Dallas County voters deserve better than this from a candidate for Sheriff. Mr. Cannaday owes Dallas voters an apology,” said Kirk McPike, the Sheriffʼs campaign manager.
In fact, the Valdez campaign has agreed to four public forums with former Councilman Cannaday. The four scheduled forums are sponsored by and scheduled for:
• Stemmons Corridor Business Association. Tuesday, Sept. 16 at noon. Holiday Inn Select at Love Field, 3300 West Mockingbird Lane in Dallas.
• League of Women Voters. Tuesday, October 7 at 7:00 PM. Lovers Lane United Methodist Church, 9200 Inwood Road in Dallas.
• Duncanville Chamber of Commerce. Wednesday, Oct. 8 at 11:30 AM. 800 North Main Street in Duncanville.
• Dallas Bar Association. Wednesday, October 15 at noon. The Belo Mansion, 2101 Ross Avenue in Dallas.