For Dallas mayor, no respite from Price investigation questions

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by BRAD WATSON

WFAA

Posted on June 6, 2012 at 6:19 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jun 6 at 9:18 PM

DALLAS — At Dallas City Hall Wednesday, questions — and some accusations — kept coming up related to the FBI investigation of Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price and how some of Mayor Mike Rawlings' campaign money allegedly made its way to Price.

No one has been charged with any crime, but as the mayor is finding, the issue for him isn't dying down.

Price isn't talking about the FBI investigation; he ducked out of the weekly Commissioners Court meeting on Tuesday.

But former Dallas City Council member Sandra Crenshaw spoke out during the public comment time before Council about the probe's connection to Mayor Rawlings, claiming that Rawlings isn't being truthful.

"And yet you claim no knowledge of how... no knowledge of the 'pay to play' in the southern sector," she said.

The FBI alleged in court documents last week that after being paid by the Rawlings campaign, consultant Kathy Nealy funneled some of the funds to Price in exchange for his support of Rawlings' election last year.

Crenshaw served one City Council term from 1993 to 1995,she and remains a controversial and outspoken southern Dallas activist.

She claims Rawlings should have known what Nealy might do. "Ms. Nealy laid the whole scheme out in the former mayor pro tem's trials that were also part of public record," Crenshaw said.

Nealy testified in former Mayor Pro Tem Don Hill's 2009 trial how two Council members sought business — or money — in exchange for their votes.

But on Monday, Rawlings told News 8 that neither he nor his campaign knew of any actions by Nealy beyond the consulting and organizing she was hired to do.

"Any work that she did besides that we didn't endorse, we had nothing to do with it, and so really her actions very separate from the campaign," the mayor said.

But after being interviewed twice by the FBI, there's no separation yet politically for Rawlings from the investigation of Price.

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