Friday, May 17, 2013

Election Wrap: Petition

Now that Richardson's mayoral election is over, there are a few loose ends to tie up.

Richardson Citizens For A More Democratic Government: That's the name of the PAC behind the petition drive that put direct election of the mayor on the November, 2012, ballot. The petition was not a factor in the outcome of the recent mayoral election, but it was the sole reason we even had an election in the first place. So, it deserves a little post-election review.

There is still more than little mystery surrounding the PAC behind the petition. The public story is that the PAC was created by Alan North, who hired Austin political consultant Chris Cutrone to organize and run the petition drive. But the financial statements I've seen don't explain where all the money came from and where it all went. Call my interest less a conspiracy theory than just plain curiosity. I'd like to know just how it all went down.

For the better part of a year, Amir Omar denied rumors that he had anything to do with the petition drive. Then, in the last weeks of the mayoral election campaign, he gave a radio interview to Alan North's brother, Larry North, and revealed that Alan North had called him after the Richardson City Council voted in January, 2012, to drop discussion of direct election of the mayor. Omar said he advised North that the only thing North could do to change things would be to organize a petition. And that's just what North did. What else Omar and North talk about in that phone call? Were there any contacts before or after that? Again, call my interest less a conspiracy theory than just plain curiosity. I'd like to know just how it all went down.

I hope someday Alan North writes a memoir. An open and transparent telling of the story would make for fascinating reading, selling several copies I'm sure. He could title it "Petition: Spending Thousands of Dollars to Get Laura Maczka Elected Rather Than Selected Mayor."

6 comments:

Peggy Beil said...

Regardless of how it happenened - or the outcome - in the end, it gave the citizens of Richardson the most basic of all rights - the right to vote.

Jason said...

I think the citizens of Richardson had the right to vote long before the direct election petition had collected its first signature.

Jason said...

I think the citizens of Richardson enjoyed the right to vote long before the direct election petition had collected its first signature.

Jason Lemons

Peggy Beil said...

But not the right to vote for the face of the city - the mayor.

dc-tm said...

Mark, it seems you have bitten into McCalpin's tin foil conspiracy theory that there must be more to the petition drive than truth of what has been told several times. Alan North was behind the Direct Election petition. You can believe it or not. Why not make a phone call and find out for yourself? That would be simple enough. So, just do it. :0)
dave chenoweth

Mark Steger said...

Dave, I don't doubt that Alan North was behind the petition drive. That's public information. I said so in my blog post. My questions are different. Answers to my questions (not theories) are not public information. I wish they were.