Friday, February 18, 2011

Dallas politics have become embarrassing

Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price has made headlines again, but his antics are now getting national attention, as the rest of America is wondering how a major metropolitan city can have a racist loon holding a major political office. In case you missed it, Price told a group of people speaking at a recent commissioners meeting that since they were all white they could "all go to hell."

Local citizens are upset that Price railroaded the current county elections administrator (Bruce Sherbet) out of office for no real reason other than the fact that he refused to play along with Price's political games. There have been multiple charges over the years of voter fraud in south Dallas, mostly against Democrats loyal or in league with Price. Sherbet was well liked by Republicans and Democrats alike, and his departure is a blow to fair and honest elections in Dallas County.

Finally, it looks like our local media and political leaders are holding Price's feet to the fire. Citizens are planning to attend all future meetings to voice their displeasure with Price, and even his biggest supporters are falling silent. Unfortunately, Price remains popular among voters in the area of south Dallas he represents. Whether or not they will decide to make a positive change remains to be seen.

Of course, the Morning News had plenty of chances to call Price out for his actions before, but during the 2010 elections, they actively criticized County Commissioner Ken Mayfield, the only other commissioner to stand up to Price, for being too uncivil. They blamed him, not Price, for the constant fighting on the commissioner's court, and endorsed his opponent, Elba Garcia. Mayfield was voted out, and Garcia is now falling in line behind Price, not criticizing anything he has to say. Had the Morning News, the rest of the local media, and the voters held Price to a higher standard, maybe we wouldn't be in this mess.