City to Rename Dallas Convention Center For Kay Bailey Hutchison. Does She Deserve Better?

Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, where she made the magic happen for Dallas.   Photo via Sen.Rockefeller/Flickr
Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, where she made the magic happen for Dallas. Photo via Sen.Rockefeller/Flickr

Much like Pope John Paul II put Mother Teresa on the fast-track to becoming a saint, the Dallas City Council is moving quickly to rename the Dallas Convention Center after former Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison, who just retired in January. The council will consider the measure at its April 24 meeting. (It’s a “consent” item, which means it may not be voted on individually, often an indication that it’s expected to be approved easily.)

What are the three miracles that city council members credit to Hutchison, making her worthy of such beatification?

1) Helped secure over $225 million for the Trinity Corridor Project, including the Dallas Floodway Extension, Margaret McDermott Bridge, Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge, and the I35-E Bridge.  But then why not name that last bridge after her instead? Unless a third wealthy lady named Marge has dibs on it already?

2) Led the effort to rescind the Wright Amendment and ensure federal support for the Love Field Modernization Program.  Maybe they should have named the remade terminal for her, or even just a kiosk inside the new D Magazine News shop?

3) Worked continuously with DART to help create the nation’s largest light-rail system.  We’re obviously bypassing the intriguing option of renaming the Red, Blue, and Green lines as the Kay, Bailey, and Hutchison lines. The Orange line could be named for her husband, Ray.

All this talk about honoring a longtime pol reminds me that the proposal (by State Rep. Dan Branch) to rename Central Expressway (between Park Lane and Interstate 30) the George. W Bush Expressway is set to get a hearing before the Texas House Transportation Committee tomorrow.

I oppose the Bush proposal. Not because of any of his misguided policies or management blunders commited while he was in office. I’m just thinking of those poor roving traffic reporters, and the commuters they serve, who could doubtless become confused each morning, having to specify whether that five-car-pileup is on the Bush Expressway or the Bush Turnpike.

In fact, I move that we just name Central after Kay and give W. the Convention Center.


  • Jeebus Krist

    Thanks for bolding those accomplishments. Most people in Washington and in-the-know in Texas consider her legislative track record as very, very light. In fact, she never chaired a committee – only sub-committees. I’m not sure what that says about her stature.

    • Wylie H Dallas

      It’s just weird that item #2 is patently false.

  • Yvonne Crum

    I think it’s a wonderful.. thing.. kay has done a lot for our city and state.

  • Dubious Brother

    1. Pork
    2. Pork – Getting rid of the Wright amendment is good but her husband Ray and his law firm, Vinson & Elkins, have racked up millions in fees as DFW Airport bond attorneys, the airport protected by the Wright Amendment. Some friends recently had to book flights from NY and DC to Houston instead of Dallas and were shocked at how much less expensive it is to fly to Houston. Some leader (on the effort) as it took about 40 years.
    3. Pork
    Funny how we think pork is bad when it is not from our Senators.
    By the way, when you make statements like “misguided policies or management blunders” please be more specific or at least give one example of each if for nothing else to compare to the current genius in office.

  • Wylie H Dallas

    KBH actually did everything in her power to PREVENT the Wright Amendment from being repealed. It was only in the face of overwhelming support for its repeal from others that she reluctantly agreed, but only under certain conditions that were highly disadvantageous to the City of Dallas.

    She also opposed efforts to link Love Field with DART.

  • marisa

    It seems to me she was only doing what she was sent to Washington to do…………what is best for the area she represents. Is this pay back for her not feathering her own nest only her husbands? Maybe she has “done alot for the city” but we paid her to do that.

  • Alec Baldwin

    The notion that KBH assisted in the repeal of the Wright Amendment is wholly incorrect. She and her husband put up obstacles every step of the way to the repeal of the Wright Amendment. Perhaps if you use a search engine called “Google” and actually reviewed what I like to call “history” you could gain some insight.

  • Jason Heid

    I was not myself crediting Hutchison with any of these accomplishments. I suggest you direct your advice to the members of the city council responsible.

  • U.P.-er

    All in all, KBH had a disappointing and lackluster career in the Senate. She was never front-and-center on the floor or for high profile issues. What was the biggest “oops” in her political career? Running a lazy, auto-pilot gubernatorial campaign against a very beatable Rick Perry. She blew it.

  • Dubious Brother

    Did you actually expect her to change from the way she functioned as a Senator to the way she campaigned for Governor?

  • Billyboy

    If you’re a Republican, get everything you want renamed done now. Once the President’s term is up, his name will be going on every building, freeway, post office, etc.
    I’m trying to get the contract now.

  • Alec Baldwin

    OK, Jason point taken. I didn’t notice the distinction.

  • Wylie H Dallas

    Ah… ok. It’s just more strangeness from the Dallas City Council.

  • Jack Jett

    She doesn’t deserve to have a toilet named after her but I totally understand D’s fascination with her. You guys should look for a government building to name after Louis Gohmert and Robert Jeffress.

    However, I do love the kiss ass verbiage of “blunders” and “misguided policies” for W. You guys do so much better simply bashing Obama than trying to be the PR firm for War Mongering Profiteers.

  • Dubious Brother