Linda Curtis and Sal Costello Dispute Endorsements

RECEIVED Wed., April 20, 2005

Dear Editor,
    You certainly have the right to endorse anyone you choose [“Endorsements,” April 15]. That said, you left out the "left out" in this election – the majority of Austin voters who are disgusted with the double tax toll roads. Perhaps you didn't mention toll roads because had you done so, you would have had to print the endorsements of the Austin Toll Party – Casey Walker, Place 1; Margot Clarke, Place 3; (to whom you at least gave a dual endorsement); and Wes Benedict in Place 4.
    Our organization was seriously considering endorsing Leffingwell until we found out he's taking support from developers pushing toll roads. Witness Tim Taylor, a former chair of the Real Estate Council of Austin. He's now the treasurer of Citizens for Responsible Leadership, which was put together to try to stop our recall effort. Their claim wasn't that they opposed the toll plan, but merely the recall. We did not believe that for a minute. We believed then and now that Taylor was fronting for RECA's support of the toll road plan, along with their friend, Rick "Double Tax" Perry.
    In Place 4, you endorse Dunkerley while attacking Wes Benedict as an ideologue. Since when did Dunkerley, a government bureaucrat with lots of friends in RECA and the police union, ever do anything for progressive people in Austin? Benedict has a very thoughtful plan on how to address the dire need to keep Austin affordable, which, of course, includes keeping Austin toll free! What kind of ideologue is that?
    Anyway, we hope the Chronicle will try to make up for your endorsements with some coverage to encourage a real horse race!
Linda Curtis
Sal Costello
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