Yesterday, in the Dallas Morning News a Mr. Dave Lieber, a self-appointed Watch Dog wrote a biased article about me with an extremely negative theme. Mr. Lieber did this on purpose. That is the article that he wanted to write from the beginning, and he did. He wrote this article around contents from two individuals.
The first was a Ms. Musser. Ms. Musser wanted to know if the city of Arlington had a policy or an ordinance concerning e-cigarettes. I simply stated that we had discussed the issue and had not come to a conclusion concerning the subject at this time. Ms. Musser wrote back, “I hope that you are not taking money from the e-cigarette industry.” My integrity was questioned by a slanderous and liable remark made by a lady I had never heard of before. My reply was on target, “Excuse me! I don’t take money from anyone. Don’t ever e-mail me again.” I was being accused of being on the take by industry from someone I’d never heard of or talked to before. She stated that I was “overreacting a little.” I replied again on point, “I give all the money I make at this job to veterans. To insinuate that I take money to sway a decision in any way is repulsive. If that is how you think government works then your opinion has no value to me.” I stand by this comment. Just because I am an elected official doesn’t mean I am a target, and I’m sorry Mr. Lieber if you think my comments are to honest for the accusing constituent to digest. If you are going to accuse someone for being on the take, then stand by for a response. I think that is deserved. Ms. Musser knew exactly what she was implying and made the statement without corroboration. She should be ashamed of herself for implying such an act. But I’m the villain. Nice job Mr. Lieber.
Next would be me calling a study sent to me on RLC’s (ancient history). I called the study “garbage” because it was done four months after the RLC’s were removed from Houston. This was an old article written in the Houston Chronicle that Ms. Canon sent to me, trying to justify her position. The pertinent article from the same paper was done four YEARS after the cameras were taken down. This article showed fatalities up 40% and accidents up 117% in the same city.
Now let’s continue the discussion concerning Ms. Canon. Ms. Canon has lied to get people to sign her petition. She has knowingly lied to newspapers concerning RLC’s being a violation of Constitutional Rights, and she has perjured herself making the same statements under oath in Austin. Mr. Lieber, you can respect this type of behavior all you want, but I cannot. Canon wanted the collection of violations prior to removing the cameras forgiven. Guess what, that violates the Constitution of the State of Texas. I think that is enough said about Ms. Canon.
I have tried to be as transparent and as open a representative as possible. This blog speaks to that fact. I have given town hall meetings every 6 months. Gone to various social clubs to speak and give information. Given leadership lectures at UTA, for Professor Saxe. I have accomplished all the things I said I would do in my campaign, in just three years. Gangs gone, Prostitution and Drugs down 90%, no gun shots at President’s Corner at night. Also accomplished the following: apartments down, property values on the rise, TXDOT property in work with Trammel Crow, Arlington sign to be installed this fall on I-30, Lamar repaved and Brown soon to be. I have fought hard to get a Senior Center on the ballot in November/May, benefitting 54,000 seniors. And on the daily side I have responded to each of your emails to try and correct what you see wrong with our community.
So please Mr. Lieber don’t just take a couple of emails and judge a body of work. If you wanted to write about an individual, not a politician, who works hard for the people of Arlington, you could have. It just takes you doing a little more work.