Friday, May 13, 2011
Not so Happy Trails for Dallas Mayoral candidate Mike Rawlings
Here's a timeline of how the Happy Trails contract went to Mike Rawlings' associate.
DALLAS The controversy surrounding businessman/candidate Mike Rawlings and the fishy circumstances behind the Happy Trails contract has gotten sufficiently complicated, and Election Day is just 24 hours away. It begs for a timeline.
The latest development is an editorial from the Dallas Morning News, chastising Rawlings for mixing business with friendship after having endorsed him last week.
It goes back to October:
December 13, 2010: The city announces its Trail Safety Action Plan.
February 12, 2011: People find the signs unclear and/or confusing.
February 15, 2011: The city defends the signs.
May 2, 2011: The DMN endorses Rawlings for Mayor.
May 5, 2011: The city unveils the Happy Trails campaign, including a video with "Dallas celebrities" such as Mark Cuban and Ebby Halliday. The campaign cost the city $82,000.
Wednesday, May 11, 2011: The city auditor decides to investigate the Happy Trails contract situation.
Wednesday, May 11, 2011: Rawlings doesn't have much of a defense.
Thursday, May 12, 2011: The DMN writes another editorial, chiding Rawlings' bad judgment.
Thursday, May 12, 2011: The founder of the Richards Group says he would have done the job for free.
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