We never did talk to Debbie Georgatos about why she wants to become the next Dallas County Republican Party chair following the adios of Jonathan Neerman. No matter: After the jump, for those who have 10 minutes to spare, you'll find Georgatos and former candidate for Dallas County Judge Wade Emmert squaring off last night at the Studio Movie Grill on Royal and Central, where both insisted that in order to take back Dallas County, the GOP must "actually do active, consistent, ongoing, sustained outreach" to the Hispanic and African-American communities, as Georgatos put it.
"If you look around this crowd tonight ... compare that with the Dallas County demographics," she said during her introductory remarks. "In Dallas County we have 40 percent Hispanic, 35 percent Anglo, 20 percent African-American and 5 percent Asian and some other groups in that last smaller group. Well, obviously that doesn't look like our room, our party, but the truth is it's our county, and I don't want our county to have perpetual, eternal Democrat rule. I want to take John Wiley Price out. I don't want Dallas to become Detroit."
Meanwhile, Emmert says he and former Dallas County District Attorney candidate Danny Clancy came this close to taking the two top county jobs. "So close," he said. "And, in fact, had there not been the Libertarian candidate in my race, I might very well be your Dallas County judge. And I was frustrated, because I didn't think it has to be that way."
It's not the sexiest looking video. But it's a good listen nevertheless. And ... go.
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