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30 responses to “Leppert Strikes Back In Pro-Hotel TV Ad”

  1. Daniel says:

    Plain blue button-down shirt. Why, the man is jess plain foaks!

  2. JB says:

    Dallas really would be an awesome city if it just had a hotel attached to its convention Center.

  3. JV says:

    It’s about time the Mayor talked back to Harlan Crow and the Anatole–every other major hotel in Dallas is supporting it. Yet one man will spend upwards of $2,000,000 trying to stop it. I guess ole Harlan is just plain folks looking out for the common man. You’ve gotta be kidding.

  4. Harlan’s spending $2 million of his own money, not $550 million backed by Dallas taxpayers.

    So there’s that.

  5. Very savvy to make it inaccessible to iPhone users. Strategery!

  6. Dorothy Mantooth says:

    Will it be done in time for me to bring the hot action I score from my special D Magazine there? Can’t be taking that stuff home, you know.

  7. Richard S. Gaye says:

    JV,

    You’re the kind of person who would give an angry pirate to your foes.

  8. Jack says:

    It will be interesting to see if any Dallas publication has the backbone to take on the Observer and it’s employees on this issue. They (the Observer) have been demanding a vote on the hotel and criticizing Leppert for standing in the way of one and now those same people have come out against letting people vote on future projects using the same reasoning as Leppert. They’re complete hypocrites on the issue.

  9. They (the Observer) have been demanding a vote on the hotel and criticizing Leppert for standing in the way of one and now those same people have come out against letting people vote on future projects using the same reasoning as Leppert.

    Huh?

  10. PR says:

    I second that, Trey.

    Huh?

  11. WhiteRockEagle says:

    I’ll go ahead and third that. Huh?

    And why hasn’t Crow been in front of the cameras all this time, or have I just missed something? Seems like if you’re going to spend a cool couple of million, you’d do more than trot out the same unknown point person for 6 months. Tends to give a Wizard of Oz type image.

    I expect the last two weeks before the vote the mayor will spotlight some well-known names and organizations that favor building. Except for 2 councilpersons, Anne Raymond and an Observer reporter (what a shock), who’s even bothered to stand up for the anti-hotel bloc?

  12. JS says:

    All your base are belong to us.

  13. Dorothy Mantooth says:

    More Harlan Crow. All of them, really. They’re hot. I’d do them. I would. Right now.

  14. Dallasite says:

    Who’s paying for our distinguished Mayor’s TV time? More taxpayer dollars down the drain perhaps?

  15. Whiskey Tango Foxtrot says:

    Is he trying to say the following?

    They (the Observer) have been demanding a vote on the hotel and criticizing Leppert for trying to prevent that vote from happening. Now, those same people (from the Observer) are stating that they don’t want votes on other future projects (Trinity River Project???) The reasons they (the Observer people) are giving for not wanting the future votes are the same reasons that they (the Observer people) are criticizing Leppert for using to block the hotel vote?

    Makes. Head. Owie.

  16. this is just the beginning. there is more planned.

  17. Jack says:

    Perfect, why don’t you try looking into it instead of making snarky comments. The union backed prop to allow votes on future projects would be a good place to start. You’ll probably find Schutzes column about how surprised he is to be against it, but gosh golly gee, he must be against it because it will hurt growth and that union is just full of bad scary people.

    Of course, he never quite explains why allowing people to vote on the hotel doesn’t send that exact same signal to developers, and as long as nobody looks into it, he’ll never have to. Could it have anything to do with his support of Angela Hunt and not wanting to hamper any projects or growth that might occur if she became mayor? We won’t know unless someone looks into it will we?

  18. Richard says:

    Pretty sure they used a hand model so they wouldn’t have to use the wide angle shot. Even so, I was mesmerized by the hand ballet.

  19. Perfect, why don’t you try looking into it instead of making snarky comments.

    Yes, it’s everyone else’s fault that you weren’t understood.

    Requests for clarification are definitely snarky.

    Humble apologies, sahib.

  20. Of course, he never quite explains why allowing people to vote on the hotel doesn’t send that exact same signal to developers…

    He also doesn’t have a column explaining why apples are different from oranges.

    If you’re going to claim one is the same as the other, the burden of proof is on you.

  21. Jack says:

    Yeah, that’s pretty much what i expected from you.

  22. I strive to meet and exceed expectations.

    Glad to be of service.

  23. JS says:

    Someone set us up the bomb.

  24. JimS says:

    Jack: sorry, but the things you equate are not equal. And, by the way, the Observer doesn’t come out for or against stuff. Individual writers do, but not the paper. Ever. The hotel vote is a scalpel designed to excise a specific bad idea. The other proposition is a bludgeon designed by a really not very smart labor union to shake down the city. I was a UAW member for five years, Jack. Their political people are among the smartest. You guys need to go hire somebody who can at least read.

  25. Dallas pasties says:

    With the anti-smoking law coming into effect this week and the limitation on the conventioneer beloved ti**y bars, the convention hotel is doomed before it starts. Add in the waste of taxpayer monies and we are doubly in the hole.
    The city cannot even pick up trash or repair potholes properly and Mayor Tom wants us to beleive the hotel is essential. Give us a break. Just another way of sending business to his developer cronies at Dallas National. Remember the taxpayers elected you. Do the basics of the job i.e. running the city properly and then come back with your pie in the sky toll road and hotel plans.

  26. Jack says:

    The hotel vote is a scalpel designed to excise a specific bad idea. The other proposition is a bludgeon designed by a really not very smart labor union to shake down the city.

    In other words, you’re all for people having the right to vote on projects as long as you get to pick and choose which projects. You know perfectly well developers aren’t going to see a difference in the two. And you might want to take off your tinfoil, i’m a private individual, there’s no “you guys” here. It’s obvious you knew you couldn’t square the circle of your contradicting stance on voting, so you went after the union as an excuse to be against it, whether or not you ever belonged to a union is irrelevant. You also pointed out that you came to the decision of being against it after talking to Angela Hunt. But you don’t have to worry, it’s obvious no one has the backbone to turn the tables on you.

  27. Right. Neither I nor any other editor at D have ever called Jim out.

  28. Anyone? says:

    Does anyone know which PR marketing firm is running the city’s convention hotel campaign?

    I wanted to ask before I tell Jack/JV/whoever to kindly migrate his talking points to a press release or news conference.

  29. Glenn Hunter says:

    @Anyone: Carol Reed’s PR firm (now called The Reeds Public Relations) is managing the pro-hotel campaign.

  30. Anyone? says:

    Thanks, Glenn.

    Keep up the good work on your mag. I hope to see a business blog from you one of these days, too.