Tuesday, February 22, 2011
It’s time for Dallas Mayor Tom Leppert to announce he’s running for Senate
Everyone knows Leppert is going to run, so he should make it official and let Dallas move on.
One of the worst kept secrets in recent memory is Dallas Mayor Tom Leppert’s intentions of running for U.S. Senate in hopes of filling the seat that will be vacated by retiring Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison. Once the Leppert mayoral campaign machine (I haven’t seen Willis Johnson yet, though) got behind Ron Natinsky, it was a lock that his days around the horseshoe were numbered.
And the mayor is out and about, making new friends. Monday morning Mayor Leppert dropped the following tweet and twitpic on Twitter:
"Great to meet @SenRandPaul at the Young Conservatives of Texas convention on Saturday."
If the mayor wants to leave Dallas and make a run for D.C., I say go for it. But the first stop in going for it is to go. The mayor continuing to duck from his decision is lame. Yes, he’s still making his public appearances and showing up for meetings, but his heart is obviously not in it any more.
I believe that it was, and while the mayor may have always known this was a one term gig for him, he came out of the gates pretty strong. About halfway in, the mayor who seemed above partisanship began to make a hard right turn.
Again, to each his own, but Dallas needs some one in that 15th seat at City Hall who is focused on Dallas. The recent census data shows Dallas is lagging, and there’s not a moment to spare in trying to get this thing turned around. I say it’s time for the waiting game to end. It’s time for Mayor Leppert to announce he’s leaving Dallas to run for the Senate. The people of Dallas -- and his colleagues -- deserve it.
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