Town hall meetings are nothing more than “an opportunity for crazy people to scream at one another.” So says Clay Jenkins, a Democrat and the highest-ranking government official in Dallas County.
Apparently, County Judge Clay Jenkins views face-to-face discussions with his employers as a waste of his ivory-tower time. Regardless of where Texans stand on a variety of policy issues, we can all agree that our public servants should be directly accessible and accountable to the public.
The timing couldn’t be more appropriate for voters in Dallas County. Judge Jenkins, who is up for re-election this November, made these dismissive comments just two short weeks before early voting begins.
Jenkins is facing competition from former Dallas City Councilman, Ron Natinsky (R), who recently released the above clip, which was taken from last week’s Ebola press conference.
Despite what the title may suggest, County Judges do not serve a traditional, judiciary role. They are the head executive of county governments, are elected in countywide or “at-large” elections and serve with four other elected commissioners who oversee county governmental operations.