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Is Tom Leppert running in the right primary?

November 16, 2011 By: MattSDowling Category: Tom Leppert, U.S. Senate

 

Each day the answer to that question gets a little more foggy. Nevertheless, that hasn’t stopped Tom Leppert from campaigning full steam ahead to win the Republican primary for the US Senate. He has recently purchased a large TV ad buy to tout his conservative record and to cover up his liberal past.

Unfortunately for him, I’ve documented how he tried to convince a group of Young Democrats to support his plan to build a $500 million taxpayer funded hotel by comparing himself to President Obama. I also broke the video of Tom Leppert not only campaigning in a ACORN office, but also signing ACORN pledges, while he was running for Dallas Mayor. All good things to do if he was a Democrat, but these actions don’t fly with Republican primary voters.

To add to Tom Leppert’s woes, a new video has surfaced of him marching in a gay pride parade. This will only further alienate the social conservatives that he is trying to court. You can watch the video below:

I just don’t understand why Tom Leppert thought he could slip all of these actions past Republican primary voters.

Which Texas Republican compared himself to Obama?

June 21, 2011 By: MattSDowling Category: Tea Party, Tom Leppert, U.S. Senate

 

One reason the Tea Party movement has been so successful and inspiring is because its members are strongly dedicated to protecting the founding principles of this country. They realized our country was on a fast track to self-destruction and knew in order to turn it around, they needed to strike hard and fast. Their first major victory was the devastating blow to they inflicted to the political establishment in November 2010. A record number of new leaders who actually believed in limited government and individual liberty were elected.

Now let’s flashback to February 2009. Dallas Mayor Tom Leppert, now Republican US Senate candidate, was speaking to the Young Democrats of Dallas County and tried to convince them to support a new taxpayer funded hotel. Not only is it egregious that a mayor would be trying to build a hotel with taxpayer money, but Leppert was willing to risk an astonishing $500 million to build it.

Now let’s forget the fact that he was trying to convince a room full of Democrats that more government was a good idea. That’s usually a give in, like trying to convince Al Gore the planet is a little too warm.
 
Except this time the liberals even knew this taxpayer funded hotel was a bad idea. So in an attempt to curry favor, Tom Leppert pleaded with the Young Democrats to think of him and this hotel, like they thought of Obama and his omnibus stimulus package. Let me say that again. A candidate, who wants to represent the Tea Party movement in Texas, asked a group of Democrats to think of him as Obama as he sought to sell them on a risky big government program.
 
The Tea Party movement has fought too hard and come too far to leave it in such fickle hands. Don’t you agree?

Click here to find the story, in the Dallas Observer, that covered Mayor Leppert’s appearance at the DCYD meeting.

Tom Leppert signs on with ACORN

May 17, 2011 By: MattSDowling Category: ACORN, Tom Leppert

 

Last week, I made a post highlighting Tom Leppert’s attempt to court two ultra-liberal organizations: the SEIU and ACORN. In 2007, he sought the endorsements of these organizations while he was running for mayor of Dallas. This is very problematic because he is now running for the US Senate in the Republican Primary, and it would be an understatement to say that ACORN and Republican values are polar opposites. What I didn’t provide in that post was a new video that surfaced which shows Leppert signing ACORN pledges that cover issues like immigration and affordable housing, among many others. It is unclear if he signed every single pledge, but the video does show him literally signing on the dotted line to side with ACORN.

The video below was produced by the Birdwalker Company in 2007 during his campaign to become Dallas mayor. Although the video doesn’t have the best quality and is a little odd, I don’t see anything in it that proves this video wasn’t shot and made during Tom Leppert’s visit to an ACORN office.

Wait… Tom Leppert courted the SEIU and ACORN?

May 09, 2011 By: MattSDowling Category: ACORN, SEIU, Tom Leppert

 

Former Dallas Mayor, Tom Leppert, was caught in unwanted crossfire when a candidate running for his old position brought up Leppert’s past support for the Service Employees International Union(SEIU). What makes this so damaging is that no Republican would be caught dead supporting or even talking to this union but this US Senate hopeful did just that. He also aligned himself with ACORN but more on that later. If you don’t know much about the ultra left SEIU they support Pres. Obama, eliminating the secret ballot in union votes, Obamacare, and not to mention they have a history of voter intimidation. Leppert’s people immediately sought to put out this fire and released a statement to the DMN, who reported on this story, saying:

“Tom would not sign anything supporting forced collective bargaining for all workers. He believes workers have a right to join a union if they choose, but more importantly, Tom has actively campaigned for workers’ essential right to choose not to join a union if they don’t want to by expanding Right to Work,” said spokesman Shawn McCoy.

However, it soon came to light that Leppert actively sought their support. Uh oh. The SEIU released documents of Leppert meeting with their members and a letter he sent to a state senator endorsing a bill that would allow Dallas employees to unionize. Uh oh again.

However, the story doesn’t stop there.

Tom Leppert also seemed to have some affection for a highly funded liberal activist organization called ACORN. You might know them best for their blatant attempts of voter fraud by registering voters like Mickey Mouse, a 7 year old girl, and one man who admitted registering to vote over 70 times in exchange for cigarettes and cash. And if that doesn’t ring a bell, ACORN was involved in an undercover sting operation in which a fake pimp and prostitute received advice from ACORN on how to cheat on their taxes and find loop holes in order to bring underage girls into America to work at a brothel.

Although, the sting operation happened two years after Leppert sought their support, in politics, the connection to the organization still exist. Honestly, that is just bad luck. However, the history of voter fraud, liberal activism, and outlandish protest is at the core of ACORN and Tom Leppert must have known exactly what the organization represented. I can’t imagine why he has sought the support of these two organizations since they have such a shady and checkered past. This raises a couple of important questions.

1) Why did Mayor Leppert seek the support of ACORN and SEIU?

2) If Mayor Leppert is a conservative why would he sign liberal ACORN pledges on immigration, affordable housing, and a host of other issues?

It will be very interesting to see how Tom Leppert responds to his past support of ACORN.

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When will Tom Leppert’s ‘GOPROUDness’ come out of the closet?

March 11, 2011 By: MattSDowling Category: National Politics, Texas Politics, Tom Leppert, U.S. Senate

When Mayor Tom Leppert jumped into the senate race I was a little skeptical of his decision. Why would he join a crowded field with little name ID and no conservative base or credentials (at least that I know of)? So I decided to do a little research about the mayor to see if I could figure out the ace up his sleeve that was going to win over Texas conservatives. I wondered if he slained unions or defeated a tax increase against all odds. Instead, I discovered his past support for the Lesbian Gay Bi-Sexual and Transgender community.

Although, in this political climate, it might seem his support for this community would be the end of the road for him, its not. He has backed away from his support of gay rights and even tweeted about how he disagreed with Obama’s assertion that a portion the Defense of Marriage Act was unconstitutional. But then I found this picture on pegasusnews.com, which shows Mayor Leppert marching in a gay rights parade with some sort of rainbow awards medal hanging around his neck.

Now this picture is the end of the road for him. I’m not sure if Mayor Leppert’s record is common knowledge in Dallas, but it sure isn’t in the rest of Texas.

The social conservatives in the Republican Party are going to have a field day with this picture and his advocacy for gay rights in Dallas. He isn’t going to make it out of the gates in the senate race and I am still at a loss on why he even got in.

Not to mention that he has donated thousands of dollars to defeat one of Texas’ current U.S. senators, John Cornyn. He is going to get booed out of every Republican women’s club out there.

What was Leppert thinking when he thought he could court the conservative voters that turn out in a Republican Primary??

Mayor Tom Leppert announces for the US Senate

February 25, 2011 By: MattSDowling Category: Texas Politics, Tom Leppert, U.S. Senate

 

Tom Leppert took the necessary steps to announce for the US Senate today and joins a crowded and growing field. And when I say the necessary steps I mean he put out the rumors, then denied them, then had allies put out the rumors again, then said he was going to make an announcement soon, the announcement was that he was going to resign his post but never really said why, then he said he was running for the senate and now today he made is formal annoucement. It’s sad to say that this type nonsense is standard proceedure in politics; it keeps the buzz about the candidate alive.

I am a little surprised that he is running though. He doesn’t have the money to beat Dewhurst, he will never be a grassroots darling like the “Williams brothers” and Ted Cruz have, and mayors traditional don’t do very well in statewide races. So who the heck is whispering in his ear?

I really hate to be this cynical so early in a race about someone I don’t know, but I see him bailing on Dallas more than I see him running for the US Senate. He like other mayors see the writing on the wall and it’s not a pretty picture. Once the Texas Legislature enacts their massive cuts, city leaders are going to be put in a very difficult position when it comes to raising taxes or making difficult budget cuts.