Pepe’s the Least of It

IndyAustin accuses mayor, wife of conflicts profiting off office

Pepe’s the Least of It

Widely disgraced by their use of an anti-Semitic meme (Pepe the Frog) to attack Mayor Adler's alleged "shell game" on the McKalla Place soccer agreement, the IndyAustin PAC has also issued a screed denouncing not only Adler's alleged real estate "empire," but adding an attack on his wife Diane Land's employment at commercial property management company DT Land Group. Presenting an extremely tendentious reading of the mayor's financial disclosure statements, they claim the couple has "financial interests tied to at least 71 properties in Travis, Williamson and Hays Counties. Those properties are currently assessed at $319 million." That number-by-association (with several others) accompanies charges that Adler benefits from real estate work by his former law firm (Barron Adler), and has voted on Council when he should have recused himself due to conflicts of interest in particular properties ("Steve Adler's Land Empire (S.A.L.E.) and His Biggest Broken Promise").

Adler campaign chair Jim Wick responded, "The IndyAustin allegations are wrong and offensive, and that they are lying with such ease is dangerous and represents the worst of the alternative-fact world of Donald Trump. They are trying to gain political advantage by using half-baked, poorly researched half-truths to demean good people. When Steve was elected mayor, he sold his law firm (its assets, cases, goodwill, etc.) and went on inactive status with the State Bar specifically so as to avoid any potential conflicts. ...

"Diane earns less than $40,000 per year with her property management company. She has no ownership interest in the properties her company now manages, yet it's suggested she has an interest in them all. At the beginning of Adler's term, his wife's company managed 16 properties and today it manages 18. ...

"The Adlers have limited investment interests (no control) in some of properties listed (all disclosed on city-mandated forms), ranging from .067% ownership to 15% ownership.

"The Mayor did not recuse himself on the three 2018 votes on 5202 and 5204 E. Ben White because he did not have a conflict. He recused himself on the original vote because he wasn't sure if he had a conflict or not."

IndyAustin also claims Adler "promised" to serve only one term as mayor. They cite no evidence of that claim – perhaps because there isn't any. – Michael King

But Wait, There's Transphobia Too!

District 9 contender Danielle Skidmore took to the web Monday to recount an ugly encounter with an IndyAustin canvasser on the UT campus. When Skidmore, who is trans, pointed out the flaws in the canvasser's anti-stadium petition pitch, she got misgendered so abusively that "passersby asked if they should call the police," she wrote. IndyAustin's Linda Curtis strongly denied the claim, alleging that Skidmore made up the incident as a campaign ploy. – Mike Clark-Madison

A note to readers: Bold and uncensored, The Austin Chronicle has been Austin’s independent news source for over 36 years, expressing the community’s political and environmental concerns and supporting its active cultural scene. Now more than ever, we need your support to continue supplying Austin with independent, free press. If real news is important to you, please consider making a donation of $5, $10 or whatever you can afford, to help keep our journalism on stands.

Support the Chronicle  

READ MORE
More IndyAustin
Austin FC's New Neighbors Take Over Push to Put Soccer on the Ballot
Austin FC's New Neighbors Take Over Push to Put Soccer on the Ballot
Group looks to take anti-stadium petition to the polls

Austin Sanders, Jan. 11, 2019

The Top 10 Austin News Milestones of 2018
The Top 10 Austin News Milestones of 2018
Days like these

Mike Clark-Madison, Dec. 28, 2018

More by Michael King
Lege Lines: A Win for Brewers, a Scam for Paxtons, and More
Lege Lines: A Win for Brewers, a Scam for Paxtons, and More
This bill's for you

Feb. 22, 2019

Govalle Neighbors Rally to Save Pecan Grove
Govalle Neighbors Rally to Save Pecan Grove
City-owned property slated for affordable housing

Feb. 22, 2019

More by Mike Clark-Madison
Cronk Announces Short Lists for Assistant City Manager Positions
Cronk Announces Short Lists for Assistant City Manager Positions
Future hires will oversee mobility and safety at City Hall

Feb. 22, 2019

Factor Health Funding Up for Grabs to Support Healthy Living
Factor Health Funding Up for Grabs to Support Healthy Living
Good Health Beyond the Clinic

Feb. 22, 2019

KEYWORDS FOR THIS STORY

Pepe the Frog, IndyAustin, Diane Land, Steve Adler, Jim Wick, November 2018 election

MORE IN THE ARCHIVES
NEWSLETTERS
One click gets you all the newsletters listed below

Breaking news, arts coverage, and daily events

Can't keep up with happenings around town? We can help.

Austin's queerest news and events

Updates for SXSW 2019

All questions answered (satisfaction not guaranteed)

Information is power. Support the free press, so we can support Austin.   Support the Chronicle