■ Ben Hall’s latest offensive may have been subjugated with some home truth
One of Houston’s Mayoral contenders, Ben Hall has been on the offence since March after he announced his candidacy for mayoral race. First, he faulted the incumbent Annise Parker as a manager who relied on “stagnant tax policies” and abnormal licensing and permit fees as revenue sources; then he reportedly hired Wayne Dolcefino, a former Channel 13 notorious investigative reporter, to do "opposition research" on Parker. However, Halls latest offence – a pricy TV Ad – touting his scholarly status and love for Houston – and challenging Parker for a ‘talk’ may have rebounded with a filthy can of worms.
Parker’scampaign has just released a revealing rebuttal that may cripple Hall’s trustworthiness as an aspiring challenger. The campaign television ad that begins running on broadcast television today not only labeled Hall as “The Man Who Wasn’t There,” but also made some revelations that may not go down well with Houston voters. For instance, the Ad accused Hall of failing to vote in a city election in 11 years. Quoting a Houston Chronicle columnist, Rick Casey, the piece revealed that Hall didn’t even live in Houston until last year when he bought a house inside the city, so he could run for mayor.To make it worse, the script further revealed that,“When Houston was hurting in the recession; Hall offered no vision, no ideas and no leadership. Now that things are good, he’s back. Ben Hall really wants to be mayor. He just didn’t want to live here.”
Prior to this latest development, Hall’s campaign claimed it had hand-delivered a letter challenging incumbent Annise Parker to a series of six debates by the fall season. But Parker shot back through her campaignCommunications Director,Sue Davis,agreeing to participate in one debate with all mayoral candidates in which all media could play a part.
As of press time, the Hall’s campaign is yet to respond to the latest accusations made in the Ad.