When Mike Rawlings, a white North Dallas business man, decided to run for mayor he knew almost no one in the black neighborhood of South Dallas. Then he paid $305,000 to a black political consultant. It paid off:
Rawlings wrapped up almost every important endorsement from southern Dallas elected officials and ministers. And in the June 18 runoff, he carried much of the south…
It’s a common theme that has played out in Dallas politics for years — the northern Dallas business-backed candidate hiring a consultant to help make the rounds with ministers and politicians south of the Trinity River.
More from Rudolph Bush in the Dallas Morning News.