Unfair Park is reporting that when political consultant Anna Casey grilled Mike Rawlings regarding statistics he was citing on how poorly Dallas ISD is serving its students, the mayor walked out of a closed meeting with Hispanic leaders at an East Dallas church last night. Schutze calls it a “debacle”:
When she persisted, Rawlings stammered and then stalked out without saying a word, the sources said. The 25 to 30 attendees were apparently astounded. His behavior was denounced as thin-skinned and disrespectful, even by conservative Republican Latino leaders normally in the mayor’s camp.
I have messages in since last night to Rawlings, the political consultants running the home-rule push and to Jeronimo Valdez, who was supposed to be Rawlings’ Latino consigliere for the meeting. I told them I was hearing that they’d botched the meeting, and I asked for comment. Valdez texted me back saying he would be happy to chat in the morning. I will let you know what he says and, if I hear from the other two, I will pass on their version of things as well.
Two sides to every story, right? But, man, I sure got an earful last night from the people Rawlings walked out on. They were not impressed.