December 06, 2007

Dawnna draws a challenger... finally

Color me thrilled to no end that Austin's own Dawnna Dukes has finally found a challenger to take her on in the primary next March.

This summer a faction of Austin Democrats tried - and failed - to find Dukes an early opponent. But Brian Thompson, a lawyer who works at McGinnis, Lochridge & Kilgore and who serves on the Austin Human Rights Commission, said Friday he is being encouraged by Democratic activists to challenge Dukes.

"We're tired of being represented by a Republican-funded politician who has pledged absolute loyalty to Republican Speaker Tom Craddick and puts her own political ambition and self-interest ahead of the best interests of the good people of East Austin," Thompson said. (AAS)

There is already a lot of bullshit flying about how wonderful Dawnna has been for the gay and lesbian community, the east Austin community, the film community, etc. Yeah, it's crap from a bunch of people who simply haven't thought things through. For one thing, while she often ends up voting on an issue the right way, you can't ever forget that she's part of the group that put the leadership team in place. The same leadership team that session after session, continues to bring to the floor and pass legislation that will negatively impact east Austin. It's like someone being the key vote to send a bad bill from committee to the floor, then voting against it. You could have stopped it but you didn't. That's Dawnna. As for her helping out the film community... well, so there's one community in east Austin she hasn't lubed up to fuck.

Don't worry, it'll happen.

Think I'm harsh? Hell, it's only because I remember that Dawnna went on vacation to France when school finance was up during the 2005 Special. That and I'm tired of making goddamn excuses for her poor decisions and bullshit. Not to mention her spending a Sunday beating up on Will Wynn and others for their, what was it Dawnna? Their poor response and lack of help for the people who came to Austin from NOLA during Katrina? Yeah, that was it. Funny, I don't remember seeing you down there until you were shamed into it. You were too busy bitching and moaning about the people who were working tooth and nail to help folks who'd just lost their homes and endured the pure hell of post-Katrina NOLA. They deserved better than political grandstanding. They deserved your help.

Fuck you, Dawnna. Fuck you and your hypocrisy, your poor work ethic and your desire to fuck over your constituents, from whom you still expect support. You could have made a difference in funding for CHIP during the past session but you didn't. Many of your constituents know that. That's why they're pissed as hell.

For those of you offended by a white guy running against an black woman, get over it. If the color of someone's skin is going to determine your support then you need to rethink the whole 'voting for quality' thing because there are bad people in every racial group. Further, I'd ask why the hell you haven't stepped up to run. This district is very racially diverse and any way you slice it, some of you are going to be represented by someone with a different amount of melanin in their skin. If that bothers you, then run. You've got until just after New Years to make up your mind.

Oh, and for her campaign manager... a word of advice. This was dumb.

"That whole line of Dawnna voting for Craddick has no traction. It hasn't come up. This is Austin, probably the most politically aware city in the state, and they have no idea who he is."

The guy is one of the most hated men in the state. Yeah, we know who he is. So do my friends who live in the district. Instead of trying to spin one of the most politically inept votes in the history of Texas politics, why not focus on a real issue... namely the problems with Dawnna's ethics report.

One last thing... more than likely, there will be a new Speaker on the dais next session. Whoever it is, Democrat or Republican, they probably won't have much use for one of the Democrats who kept CradDICK in power. If Dawnna stays in office then she'll be a real liability to a community that is finally coming into it's own and seeing some long overdue prosperity.

Posted by mcblogger at December 6, 2007 07:00 PM

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Thank god or whomever. I'm so sick of her. I can't wait until she's out of my district -- or I'm out of hers. Let's get rid of this idiot.

Posted by: Triangulation of Death [TypeKey Profile Page] at December 6, 2007 09:22 PM

give it a rest, captain anonymous.

dawnna dukes is one of the hardest working dems in texas.

your ridiculous insults and baseless accusations only point to your inability to wage a real debate against dawnna.

i anxiously await your calls for white dems with conservative voting records or dems whom have voted for craddick to go down in flames.

seems to me your focused on attacking black and hispanic members. real brave...attacking minorities while hiding your identity.

Posted by: colin [TypeKey Profile Page] at December 6, 2007 10:30 PM

What are you, the last person in Austin to know who I am? My identity is the worst kept secret in Travis County.

And the piece is spot.the.hell.on.

As for attacking white, conservative, dems who also voted for CradDICK, I have. You should learn to read. Try using the search function and type in Rose.

However, at least he had the huevos to admit he was wrong at the end. Your client, on the other hand, is bound and determined to stand by her man.

You're just pissed because I'm finally saying out loud what people have been whispering for years. We've fucking had enough.

I knew someone would play the race card... just didn't realize it would be her lily white consultant.

Posted by: mcblogger [TypeKey Profile Page] at December 6, 2007 10:50 PM

there you go again.

desperately inadequate intellectually.

since no one reads this blog, i look forward to our private discussion.

since it is the worst kept secret in the bubble, i anxiously await you laying bare your identity.

i'm not pissed in the slightest. you vote from what precinct? your real name is what? you can generate how many votes against Dawnna?

it is easy to sit on the sidelines and bitch and moan and insult people. you want to express your opinion, i'll set up the meeting.

guarantee you're not interested in resolving the issue.

Posted by: colin [TypeKey Profile Page] at December 6, 2007 10:56 PM

Resolving what, exactly? According to you there is no issue. So, what exactly would a meeting accomplish?

And, if you're right and no one reads this blog then you've nothing to worry about. So why are you still here?

Seriously, hermano, if you want to talk give me a call. I'd love to hear still more excuses.

Posted by: mcblogger [TypeKey Profile Page] at December 6, 2007 11:46 PM

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