Ron Kirk Is Not Royce West

I’m over here reading the Observer‘s take on the Dem victory party. Something struck me as odd. It was this:

Former Dallas mayor Ron Kirk and other local Democratic officials took the stage and led the crowd in triumphal cheers of “Yes, We Can!” and “Yes, We Did!”

I’ll be the first to admit that I’d had a few too many pint glasses of hope last night. I know how mistakes can happen. But State Senator Royce West up there leading the chant. DA Craig Watkins was up there, too. But Ron Kirk? He was in Chicago last night.

Update: The post has been fixed. You’re welcome, Robert.

Update to the update: On this historic day, what else should we be doing other than bickering about where Ron Kirk was last night? To set the record straight, Ron Kirk was not in Bishop Arts last night. Nor was he in Chicago, as Big Bob points out. He was, however, at Gilley’s. When I called Ron Kirk’s office to confirm his whereabouts last night, the woman on the phone said, “That’s weird. Someone else just called with that same question.” We’ll have to call this one a draw, Robert.


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16 responses to “Ron Kirk Is Not Royce West”

  1. Ron Kirk was at Gilley’s, I do believe.

    But, thanks for the Royce West catch.

    And your mystery man is Constable Jaime Cortes.

    I love this game!

  2. Michael says:

    I thought I saw Kirk at a Dallas party last night on TV. I’m pretty sure it was the Obama party in Dallas.

  3. JimS says:

    The guy in Chicago last night was Obama, the one that got elected president.

  4. Tim Rogers says:

    An official with the Dallas Dems confirmed that Kirk was in Chi-Town last night.

  5. Tim Rogers says:

    In response to the person who asked the inappropriate question that I just deleted: yes.

  6. D says:

    The bottom line is even if he was in Dallas he was not the one leading the cheers. Not sure that would be his style to do that anyway.

  7. Andy Kaufman says:

    I suppose that a joke in the nature of a general similarity of appearances would be (i) inappropriate and/or (ii) not funny?

  8. Warhol Reject says:

    Bottom line is it seems everyone was too drunk/euphoric (including Ron Kirk himself, clone, hologram, or otherwise) to know where they were who who was there with them…

  9. JB says:

    @ Andy
    I indeed asked that question. It just couldn’t be resisted under such circumstances.

  10. JimS says:

    Over the next four years, D Magazine will get better at making these distinctions.

  11. jamesn says:

    Boy, Howdy. That’s some reporting. Just about anyone sober enough to see their TV knew Kirk wasn’t in Chicago…

    You Betcha.

  12. Michael in LH says:

    Murphry’s law strikes again.

  13. dallasnewsgirl says:

    Kirk was definately at Gilley’s. Interviewed him at the top of the 9p.

  14. It is okay to go outside now. says:

    It is sad that alcoholism is not a treatable disease.

  15. The Other Marty Cortland says:

    The most telling difference between Royce West and Ron Kirk is that Kirk is a lot cheaper to retain as your counsel.

  16. B Rex says:

    Didn’t Kirk leave the city of Dallas broke?