I’m not going to call it “Fake News”, but I just have to clear up a few inaccuracies in a story in the July issue of D Magazine that focused on one of my campaign consultants, Anna Casey, and mentioned my campaign, since I gave the writer an interview.
“Evans was handily beaten by incumbent Lee Kleinman, 63 to 37 percent.”
Handily beaten? I thought I did pretty good for an outsider, non-Park Board, late-to-the-race candidate. Matt Wood got 41% and spent way more money, in District 14. He was backed by the “Fockers”, that Friends of the Community Super Pac. I fought a two-term incumbent backed by the mayor who painted me out to be Norma Rae. Many property tax frazzled District 11 homeowners slammed the front door in my face and said, “I am not bailing out anyone!”, meaning the Dallas police. But yes, beaten. My election result numbers are one of the few things this writer got right..
“Evans says Casey wasn’t her only consultant, despite Casey’s claim that Evans was one of “my candidates.” Indeed, four other consultants told me they worked to help Evans with her campaign—three of them pro bono—because it was in such disarray and they wanted to help her win. “There are 56,000 people in her district, and her walk list had 1,500 people on it and no map,” one consultant says. “People would just drive around aimlessly. I had to make them maps out of pity.” Evans was handily beaten by incumbent Lee Kleinman, 63 to 37 percent.
I would say the poor showing is the reason Casey hadn’t, as of this writing, been paid by the Evans campaign, but not being paid by campaigns she works on is common for Casey. Campaign finance reports for the past 12 years show sporadic payments by some members of her group and none or very little from others. This past campaign, she was paid amounts ranging from zero by Evans, Medrano, Griggs, Clayton, and Narvaez;”
First of all, I paid my campaign bills timely. A check is en route to Anna Casey: it was waiting for her mailing address, or for us to have lunch (she was pre-occupied with the May 6 run-off). I was not “picked” by Anna or anyone else to run for Dallas City Council, it was a decision I made on my own. I was supported by three factions that I have been very, very transparent about. Recent Fair Park news has energized that decision.
In fact the author, Eric Celeste, when he called me, was trying to steer a story line he wished to expand. That line was based on erroneous information he had heard about my motives to run. I cleared that from the get-go. He probably should have killed the story line, but being a writer myself, I get it: you want to find a few nuggets somewhere to keep that puppy alive. You go fishing. You push the envelope.
Still, you would be wrong.
I don’t know where he found three pro bono consultants, because only ONE of my consultants was helping me pro bono: Aaron Harris with Direct Action Texas. He was helping me because of my endorsement by Texans For Fiscal Responsibility and support from Monty Bennett.
The others were paid, and it’s all available on line.
Also, Anna has an office in Oak Lawn. She happens to live in Lavon because she, like many people, likes the real estate out there.
Oh and one more inaccuracy: “I had to tell my block walkers, You can’t just go up to a gated $1 million home and knock on the door. People will answer it with a gun!”
No, no, I said “gated community”. Because they have security and do not permit block walking. North Dallas is weird about answering their front doors, everyone wants privacy here. That’s a different vibe from East Dallas and other parts of town for sure. The gated communities, which do not allow signs, make campaigning here a unique challenge.
One of the biggest challenges I found between politics and journalism is that as a journalist, I deal in facts. Politicians don’t. They just make stuff up. Kind of disappointing when journalists don’t get it all right, either.