Monday, October 17, 2011

ER #17: Noshing for Votes?

City Hall Elevator Rumblings #17

Rider #1: We’ve got to develop a new plan. The Capo needs a ‘sit down’ with his “family” crew, since they are worried about all the fall-out from the initial articles by the DMN regarding the chamber’s $485,000 stadium suite. And opening up the records for the DMN for the $485,000 suite for non-Cowboy games or events could be embarrassing...if the chamber is forced or asked to do so.

Rider #2: Here’s something I just thought of. If anyone has personal relations with the Texas Attorney General or members of his staff, let’s invite them to a Cowboy game or college game when their alma mater is playing. That way, they could be complicit with the use of these city funds for the $485,000 suite lease. And if that doesn’t work, maybe we could just hire a consultant to spin the “economic development” figures so that it appears to be a legitimate use of city funds.

Rider #1: That could work, but it is risky and still opens Pandora’s Box for a whole host of questions that we don’t have good answers for now...when the $485,000 suite is used for non-Cowboy events. Really, how can you state without laughing that “economic development” has happened when elected officials bring their kids and friends to college games and no businesses considering a relocation to Irving are present?

Rider #2: You’re right. Besides, we have to ensure that we have legal footing to stand on with all the politicos and city staff who have been entertained in the suite. Luckily, no one has broached the subject of the Texas Penal Code (36.08 - d, etc.) regarding gifts to public servants. The council and city staff being entertained for Cowboy games, or non-Cowboy events in the chamber’s $485,000 suite could be a ‘sticky wicket’ if council voting records are examined and these businesses have noshed with the politicos. Some folks might draw the conclusion -- and I’m not saying it is accurate -- that the politicos votes could have been influenced by all these entertainment activities.

Rider #1: Here’s the 4th floor. This meeting is going to be worse than having a prostate exam by an unlicensed physician.

A note from counsel: These “candid” elevator conversations have been injected with fabricated nouns, verbs, adjectives, conjunctions, adverbs, modifiers and maybe a few dangling participles….Mark Holbrook