Political And Other Miscellany From A Stout Democrat In Dallas Texas.
"Politics is the only game for adults." --from Robert A. Heinlein's Double Star

Sunday, October 22, 2006

An Open Letter To:
Carl Ginsberg
Carter Thompson
Jim Foster
King Fifer
Dan Patterson
Michael E. Miller
Joe Wells

I will be sending a contribution to each of you that has a mailing address for donations on your campaign web site. I have not given money to any other candidates this year, but I have to make an exception in this case.

As you should be able to expect of a former Dallas County Chair of the Democratic Party, I will be voting for every Democrat this fall. I will not be crossing over to vote for any Republican against you or any of our other nominees. This is even more important than usual this year, when the Republican President and elected and party officials openly accuse Democrats of treason and wanting to help terrorists, unrepudiatied by any of their local candidates. They all deserve defeat for their silence about such fundamentally un-American hate-mongering against us by their party leaders.

Our party rules allow us to remove any party officer who openly supports a Republican against a Democrat in the general election, and we have done so in the past. The law does not give us the option of removing for that cause a public official who was elected as a Democrat. We can only repudiate their action, and remember their conduct in future primaries. Above all, we can make it very, very clear to the world that they do not speak for us. My contributions to you are my small way of doing so.
For those who do not know what is going on here, on October 21, 2006, I and several other Democrats received an oversized postcard, shown reduced here. Underneath the image I have typed the text from the card.

Dear Voter,

Thanks for the tremendous support you have provided me over the years. I am asking for your HELP, again. You can EARLY VOTE, at any location, but on ELECTION DAY, you must VOTE in your precinct. I am asking you to VOTE the DEMOCRATIC Lever, however, the people pictured are good people, doing a great job. I ask you to VOTE the Democratic lever, then support OUR TEAM.

Pictured from left to right: Judge David Evans, District Judge 193rd; Judge Margaret Kelliher [sic], County Judge; Lisa Hembry, Dallas County Treasurer; Commissioner John Wiley Price, District 3; Judge Ada Brown, County Criminal Court No. 1; Judge Manny Alvarez, Criminal District Court No. 5
Not Pictured: Judge John Peyton, County Court at Law No. 2; Judge Joe Loving, County Probate Court No. 3

I have served on the Juvenile Board, appointed Judges and watch [sic] these individuals perform in the best interest of our county.
VOTE them back on OUR TEAM!

With Regards,
John Wiley Price, yOUR Man Downtown
Paid for by the John Wiley Price Campaign and Zan Holmes, Jr. Treasure [sic]
If anyone wants to see the full size card, I have scanned it and can email you a copy.

Price is the only member of the Dallas County Commissioner's Court who was elected as a Democrat. There is not a single person with him in this picture or listed below that is not a Republican. Since he has chosen to openly stab seven of our Democratic nominees in the back with this card urging people to override their straight-party vote and re-elect these Republicans, the Democrats of Commissioner's Precinct three may change his status in the 2008 primary. Filing opens in December of 2007, and the fee is $1,250.00. It is time for such apostasy to have consequences.


  • At 5:32 PM, Anonymous Tom Blackwell said…

    Like Bill, I am looking forward to voting for the Democrats in these races. I know what they offer. I have met them at our conventions and our club meetings. Some I have known for years - - in the party and while they served in other position(s).

    Tom Blackwell

  • At 1:51 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I understand that the money came from the Chris Bell Campaign to pay for the mailers into John's district.

    Is this a typical John Wiley Price shakedown?


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