Run, Domingo, Run

Domingo Garcia confirmed to Buzz this week that he is "forming an exploratory committee" to look into the possibility of declaring his candidacy for mayor. That's pol-speak for: "Vote for me for mayor." He will run, presumably, in the upcoming special election sometime early next year to replace no-longer-sitting Ron Kirk, who is leaving City Hall to run a losing campaign for the U.S. Senate.

Garcia didn't elaborate on the thought processes that might have caused a sitting member of the state House of Reps to make this fairly 11th-hour declaration.

It might have something to do with this: Web-page gadfly Sharon Boyd approached at least one Latino activist on Miller's behalf only to have their meeting canceled when the activist decided to back Garcia. Sending Boyd is sort of like sending Jerry Falwell to woo the faculty at Harvard, and Buzz bets that Hispanic shop owners on Davis Street will soon be clamoring for "Miller for mayor" signs to post in their windows. Maybe they'll ward off all the code inspectors she's promised to send their way.

Spiked: Former Air Force Academy cadet David Graham, sentenced to life in prison for killing a Mansfield girl, won't be co-editing the Texas prison newspaper The Echo after all. Graham was convicted in the widely publicized kidnapping and slaying of a teen-ager at the behest of a jealous girlfriend. Previous news stories about Graham's assignment on the monthly paper prompted complaints from at least one Tarrant County legislator.

Mike Morrow, superintendent of the prison system's Windham School District and overseer of the paper, acknowledges that some people "felt he should not have such a high-profile position while he himself was such a high-profile inmate."

Worse yet, pesky reporters outside prison walls were ringing Morrow's phone off the hook trying to write about Graham and his new job. With so much hassle, Graham was out of an editorship.

"He's a very bright guy and a good writer, and I wish we could have used him," says Morrow, who notes it's not easy finding qualified journalists in prison. (Big surprise.)

It's not that easy on the outside either, though Buzz could come up with a long list of potential candidates for Morrow--former bosses, mainly. Of course, none of them are in prison, not yet anyway. Here's hoping.

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