On Leadership in Duncanville-Special Edition: My Response to the Surburban Newspaper Lie

“I believe in integrity. Dogs have it. Humans are sometimes lacking it.”
― Cesar Millan

Fresh From the Local Propaganda Tabloid, Published by the Crescent Realty Group(Suburban)
“Patrick Harvey in a recent ethics complaint accused Mayor Deborah Hodge of sexually harassing him”.

Here is my response:
During the 2008 Presidential election campaign between Sen. Barack Obama and Sen. John McCain, the cameras of CNN (Cable News Network) captured an extraordinary conversation at a McClain for President campaign rally. A woman stood up to speak at the rally, and said the following: “I do not trust Barack Obama. I’ve been reading about him. He is an Arab”…
Sen. McCain tactfully pulled the microphone away from his supporter and responded: “Ma’am, I disagree…he is not an Arab. He is a decent, hard working man.” The point that the Senator was making was that just because something is written does not make it true. It took great courage and integrity for Sen. McCain to say that at his own campaign rally.
Integrity has been a frequently discussed word in Duncanville the past few weeks: who has it and who does not. In the Duncanville City Council meeting last night, I demonstrated my integrity by offering to resign if it were proven that I accused the Mayor of sexual harassment in an ethics complaint. I stated that I believed that the Mayor is not capable of sexually harassing anyone, and I invited her to join with me in publicly denouncing this terrible lie.

The Mayor did not take advantage of the opportunity presented to her.

Integrity?

Think about it.

On Leadership in Duncanville (A Continuing Series) May 6

Anger is one letter short of danger. ~Author Unknown

The Hodge/Jones/Dotson campaign has dedicated itself to making you angry….at Councilmembers, at “the good old boys, at the interim City Manager, at the City Attorney, at “special interests”, etc.,etc., etc.

In my opinion, a vote cast in anger is a vote that places our community in danger of losing its relevance. I believe that a year ago, you were disappointed in the performance of the Mayor and City Council and you responded by providing three new faces on the Council while sending a serious message to the long time District 5 representative (which unfortunately is being ignored). Because of what you did last year, the Mayor and the Crescent Realty organization has repeatedly lashed out in anger against the tide of change. Now in this election I urge you to continue and complete the change you started last year.

Don’t allow someone to make you angry….stay resolute in your desire to move Duncanville forward as we strive to be the “City of Champions”.

Today is the last day of early voting. If you have voted already (as the kids would say “holler at your boy!), thank you.

If not,

Go Vote!

Thank you kindly.

On Leadership in Duncanville (A Continuing Series) May 2

 

“If it is not right do not do it; if it is not true do not say it.”
Marcus Aurelius, Meditations

Fresh From the Local Propaganda Tabloid, Published by the Crescent Realty Group(Suburban)

“Patrick Harvey in a recent ethics complaint accused Mayor Deborah Hodge of sexually harassing him”.

Previous Lie From the Local Propaganda Tabloid, Published by the Crescent Realty Group(Suburban)

“City Attorney At Center of Controversy”

Neither one of these statements are true.

Deborah Hodge, a so called candidate of “integrity” and Ann Hubener are so desperate to win this election that they have become serial liars. 

“Whoever is careless with the truth in small matters cannot be trusted with important matters”
Albert Einstein

DUNCANVILLE VOTERS:  Vote for integrity.  Vote against Deborah Hodge, Stephen Jones and Ron Dotson.

Why them, too?

Birds of a feather flock together.

Go Vote!

If you have already, thank you kindly.

Now go get 5 other people to vote.

On Leadership in Duncanville (A Continuing Series) May 1

“A true Leader does not point fingers
A true Leader does not assign blame……
A true Leader Leads.”
― Mark W. Boyer

From the Mayor Hodge website:
“My first year in office, we settled 5 lawsuits that I inherited when taking office…In one of these cases, Paul Ford vs The City of Duncanville, my opponent cost you thousands of dollars by being held responsible for the unlawful actions taken against Councilman Ford.”

“While my opponents extol the benefits of, and promise you, an Economic Development Director, there is no money available from the DCEDC to pay for one.”

“the majority on the Council….approved a settlement agreement with Monte Anderson that will end up costing you well over one million dollars in cash, assets and future benefits.”

In Paul Ford’s deposition, he states that the Hodge family loaned him $5,000 to retain an attorney after his incident with the City. Now as Mayor, Deborah Hodge and the former Council approved a settlement with Paul Ford. But Mrs. Hodge places the blame for the settlement on her opponent.

Mayor Hodge voted to sue Monte Anderson and paid legal and forensic audit fees from the DCEDC. That’s why there’s no money there.

Choices have consequences. Mayor Hodge voted for the lawsuit and the consequences cost the taxpayers as she said in her own words. The bottom line is – no suit, no settlement.

Mayor Hodge, you can’t have it both ways! You are not the victim, the taxpayers have been victimized because you choose badly.

Duncanville Voters: The choice is yours. Vote for a “victim” or vote for leadership.

Go Vote!

On Leadership in Duncanville (A Continuing Series) April 29

“A great leader listens to other people’s suggestions and opinions but a dogmatic leader dismisses them and sticks to his/her own decision.”
Euginia Herlihy

As I See Duncanville: By Mayor Deborah Hodge

I see Duncanville as “us against them”.

Duncanville has no need to cooperate with the surrounding cities, we can do just fine on our own.

Duncanville is full of opportunity for anyone associated with the Crescent Realty Group.

I demand that other Councilmembers do exactly want I want, when I want it.  If not, I will vote against it.

I am not interested in cooperation or building relationships, especially with those who I know do not agree with me.

If the Council disagrees with me, they can sue me if they like.  I’ve got taxpayer dollars to defend me.

I support candidates who I know will be blindly loyal to me.

I am always right.

DUNCANVILLE VOTER:  Is this how you see Duncanville?

Now is the time for change.

Think about it.

Then Act!

On Leadership in Duncanville (A Continuing Series) April 25

 

“When it comes to controlling human beings there is no better instrument than lies. Because, you see, humans live by beliefs. And beliefs can be manipulated. The power to manipulate beliefs is the only thing that counts.” ― Michael Ende

Thoughts from last night’s Chamber Debate:

Mayor Hodge proclaimed that through her stewardship, the City was able to replace the emergency warning system for the City.  And that was part of the budget that was approved for this fiscal year.

BUT SHE VOTED AGAINST THE BUDGET!

So help me understand…..how can you take credit for something you opposed?

She also touts getting the sound system replaced in the Senior Center.  Yes, that was part of the budget that was approved for this fiscal year.

BUT SHE VOTED AGAINST THE BUDGET!

And this is integrity?

She also talked about the five lawsuits she settled when she took office….one of which was the Paul Ford case.   The one where she loaned money to Paul to help him get along while he was suing the City.  (I’d be interested in knowing if she ever got paid back).

Then she turns around and blames the current Council for settling the lawsuit she started against Monte Anderson, which if the lawsuit had not started, the City would not be out of several hundred thousand dollars of your money!

Why is it ok if she does it, but it’s wrong if I do it?

This is a double standard!

And this is integrity?

Are you kidding me?

It’s Time To Trade Up!

Think about it.